Alexander Sherstov, an assistant professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, is one of two UCLA faculty members to receive a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Fellowships were awarded to 126 researchers in the U.S. and Canada who are “rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders” and who push “the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways,” the New York–based foundation stated.

Sherstov conducts research in theoretical computer science, including computational complexity theory, computational learning theory and quantum computing. The recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Sherstov was born and raised in Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union.

UCLA’s other 2014 recipient is Kirk Lohmueller, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Sloan Research Fellowships are intended to enhance the careers of exceptional young scientists and scholars in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. The philanthropic foundation was established in 1934. For more information, visit