The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named theoretical quantum physicist Jennifer Cano a 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics. The fellowship is one of the most competitive and prestigious honors for early-career scientists in the United States and Canada.
The fellowship “recognizes and rewards outstanding early-career faculty who have the potential to revolutionize their fields of study,” according to the program’s website.
Cano is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University in New York and an affiliate associate research scientist at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) in New York City. Her work focuses on theoretical condensed matter physics, both in predicting material realizations of topological phases and in their classification and characterization. She’s known for being one of the founders of the field of topological quantum chemistry and for her studies of the physics of novel surface states of topological crystalline insulators.
She received her B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2009, and her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2015. She went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science before joining Stony Brook University and the CCQ in 2018. In 2019, she received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.