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SBE supports early-career scientists with 25 new postdoctoral fellowship awards

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SBE supports highly qualified early-career scientists across a range of disciplines.

December 21, 2022

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences has awarded postdoctoral fellowships to 25 early-career researchers. The fellowships will support research on a range of subjects including the development of adolescent risk-taking behavior, factors that contribute to successful forest restoration, the archaeology of the antebellum south and language processing in people who speak multiple dialects.

Each postdoctoral fellow will receive two years of research support. In addition to conducting fundamental research, fellows are mentored by a sponsoring senior researcher to help prepare them for a career in science.

“This cohort of fellows demonstrates the importance of broadening participation in science through the diversity of their respective demographic backgrounds, scientific disciplines and the societal impacts of their research,” says Josie Miranda, director of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships program. “The National Science Foundation is extremely proud to support the next generation of social, behavioral and economic scientists who will undoubtedly make important contributions to the U.S. scientific enterprise.”

2022 Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences:

Rotem Aboody (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Sponsoring scientist: Laura Schulz

David Abugaber (University of Michigan)
Sponsoring scientist: Jonathan Brennan

Katie Adams (Purdue University)
Sponsoring scientist: Christopher Agnew

Melisa Akan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Sponsoring scientist: Jeffrey Starns

Wolfgang Alders (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville)
Sponsoring scientist: Carla Klehm

Jamie Amemiya (University of Chicago)
Sponsoring scientist: Lin Bian

Emma Armstrong-Carter (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Sponsoring scientist: Eva H. Telzer

Mika Asaba (Yale University)
Sponsoring scientist: Julian Jara-Ettinger

Rayna Benzeev (University of California, Berkeley)
Sponsoring scientist: Meg Mills-Novoa 

Maximilian Buchholz (University of California, Los Angeles)
Sponsoring scientist: Michael Storper

Elizabeth Cho (University of North Texas Health Science Center)
Sponsoring scientist: Scott Maddux

Dylan Davis (Columbia University)
Sponsoring scientist: Kristina Douglass

Peter Fugiel (Rutgers University)
Sponsoring scientist: Janice Fine

Matthew Greer (University of Missouri Research Reactor)
Sponsoring scientist: Brandi L. MacDonald  

Jed Sam Guevara (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Sponsoring scientist: Brian Dillon

Jessica Katzenstein (Harvard University)
Sponsoring scientist: Lawrence Bobo

Sibylla Leon Guerrero (University of California, Irvine)
Sponsoring scientist: Julie Washington

Emily Liquin (New York University)
Sponsoring scientist: Todd Gureckis

Tom McCoy (Princeton University)
Sponsoring scientist: Thomas Griffiths 

Sarah Rendon Garcia (Harvard University)
Sponsoring scientist: Carola Suarez-Orazco 

Michelle Rivers (Texas Christian University)
Sponsoring scientist: Sarah K. Tauber

Steven Schmidt (University of Southern California)
Sponsoring scientist: Ann Owens

Sarah Tashjian (California Institute of Technology)
Sponsoring scientist: Dean Mobbs

Kurt Wilson (University of Utah)
Sponsoring scientist: Simon Brewer

Katrina Yezzi Woodley (Colorado State University)
Sponsoring scientist: Michael Pante


The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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