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Jan. 26, 2022

A record year for Spartan scientists

In 2021, a record-tying nine MSU researchers were elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

On Jan. 26, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has unveiled the names of its 2021 fellows. This year’s cohort includes nine Spartans, the largest number in 10 years. In fact, Michigan State University’s nine fellows in 2011 set a record that’s now been tied by the 2021 class.


AAAS — pronounced “triple ā ess” — is the world’s largest general scientific society and being elected as a AAAS Fellow is among science’s top distinctions. Having nine fellows selected in one year, joining the dozens of fellows elected in previous years, is a reflection of MSU’s research excellence. These 2021 fellows also work in seven different research areas, representing the breadth of Spartan impact in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.


“This year’s fellows are leaders in their respective disciplines and representative of the research excellence we have at MSU. Their acceptance into this esteemed association not only recognizes their scholarly achievements and outstanding careers, but also enhances the university’s reputation,” stated Doug Gage, Vice President for Research and Innovation. “I look forward to tracking the societal impacts of their work for many years to come.”


MSU’s fellows represent the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Science.


Click or swipe through the photo gallery below to learn more about this year’s class of Spartan AAAS Fellows.

“AAAS is proud to bestow the honor of AAAS Fellow to some of today’s brightest minds who are integral to forging our path into the future,” said Dr. Sudip Parikh, AAAS chief executive officer and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. “We celebrate these distinguished individuals for their invaluable contributions to the scientific enterprise.”


The tradition of the organization selecting fellows dates back to 1874. AAAS Fellows are a distinguished cadre of scientists, engineers and innovators who have been recognized for their achievements across disciplines including research, teaching, and technology; administration in academia, industry and government; and excellence in communicating and interpreting science to the public.


All 564 of the new fellows from around the world will be celebrated later this year during an in-person gathering when it is feasible from a public health and safety perspective, AAAS said.

By: Matt Davenport

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