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PFC fellows: Camille Avestruz, Ritoban Basu Thakur, Alvaro Chavarria, Jason Henning, Austin Joyce, Nicole Larsen, Andrew J. Long, Daniel Scolnic, Christopher D. Sheehy.
The Fellowship program is dedicated to creating an environment in which the next generation of outstanding researchers in cosmology can develop and thrive as scientists, and more broadly, as scholars and educators. The Fellows MA offers early-career scientists unusual freedom and independence to pursue their research yet provides the structure and stimulation of the interdisciplinary environment of the PFC and KICP. Fellows are encouraged to follow research paths of their own choosing, while a mentoring program helps track their progress and provides them with guidance as they take advantage of these broad opportunities. Fellows are free to work with more than one faculty member, and with other Fellows and students, and on more than one research project. Fellows are also free to collaborate with groups outside of the PFC and outside the University.

In addition to working on their chosen research activities, Fellows play a variety of important roles at the KICP. Fellows organize the Friday Seminar series, the weekly journal club, "Thunch," and the quarterly Postdocs Symposia. Fellows serve on KICP committees and are encouraged to organize topical workshops through the PFC's Conferences, Workshops, and Visitors (CWV) MA.

While the primary activity of the Fellows is to carry out cutting-edge science and develop the tools to become successful researchers, their training is enhanced by participation in Education, Outreach, and Diversity MA. The KICP provides a rich variety of education and outreach activities for Fellows to participate in. The Institute provides a range of coordinated, meaningful outreach possibilities for Fellows to choose from with levels of commitment ranging from an evening lecture to more extended programs.

In an effort to better understand all aspects of the KICP's Fellows program, the KICP recently commissioned a formal evaluation of the program by the firm Rockman et al. Overall, the evaluation found the program to be highly successful and provided concrete suggestions for additional improvements. Read the full report here.