Eric Ma Receives Hellman Fellows Award

June 12, 2024

Eric Ma

June 10, 2024

The Society of Hellman Fellows has announced that Assistant Professor Eric Ma has been awarded a 2024-2025 Fellowship in support of his research proposal, Fluorescence of Optical Phonons, which delves into the high-risk, under-explored topic of the mid-infrared radiative decay of optical phonons. Congratulations Eric!

The Society of Hellman Fellows is an endowed program at all ten University of California campuses that provides research funding to promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields. The program began in 1995 at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego and has since expanded organically to all UC institutions.

The fellowship program is made possible by a large gift from the Hellman Fellows Fund. Hellman Fellowships are open to early-career faculty in a broad range of academic disciplines across all fields, including the arts and humanities, social sciences and STEM. 

Since its founding in 1995, more than 1,900 promising early-career faculty have received Hellman Fellowships, with many recipients going on to become department chairs, award-winning researchers, and MacArthur “genius” grant recipients.

The impetus for the program came when Frances Hellman, a junior faculty member at UC San Diego, experienced first-hand the challenges that faculty can experience early in their careers, before their research can attract external support.

In 2020, after 25 years of funding the Program, the Hellman family generously established an endowment to allow the program to continue in perpetuity across UC’s 10 campuses.

A full list of 2024 Hellman Fellows will be listed here in Fall 2024

The Society of Hellman Fellows