Hertz Foundation Awards 2010-2011 Fellowships

March 30, 2010

Fifteen Young Leaders in Applied Science and Engineering Receive Nation's Most Generous PhD Fellowships
 
LIVERMORE, CA, MARCH 30, 2010 -- The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, one of the nation's leading non-profit organizations, focused on supporting innovative young leaders in the applied sciences and engineering fields, has awarded Hertz Fellowships to 15 students for support lasting up to five years of their graduate studies. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has provided the nation's most generous PhD Fellowships to over 1,070 uniquely gifted applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better.

"By supporting uniquely talented young leaders in the applied sciences and engineering to develop and explore their genius, the Hertz Foundation promotes innovative solutions to emerging challenges our nation and world face today," stated the Hertz Foundation President Jay Davis." The Hertz Foundation welcomes the fifteen new Hertz Fellows to this community of leaders whose creativity and risk-taking are producing advances in science, technology, business, academia and government that address and attack the most important national and global problems."

This year's class of fifteen Hertz Fellows was selected from an elite pool of nearly six hundred applicants. The 2010-2011 Hertz Fellows are comprised of eleven men and four women. Last year eight men and two women were offered Hertz Fellowships. Mathematics, electrical engineering and biophysics were the most popular current fields of study among the 2010-2011 new Fellows. In addition, eight of the new Hertz Fellows were previously awarded Goldwater Scholarships as undergraduates, the prestigious scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Also, three of the new Hertz Fellows were awarded Churchill Scholarships, one-year scholarships to Cambridge University for recent US undergraduates who demonstrate creative work at the advanced level in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. A complete listing of the 2010-2011 Hertz Fellows follows.

Valued at over $250,000, Hertz Fellowships are unique no-strings-attached fellowships, which allow exceptional applied scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate. Hertz Fellows pursue their own ideas with financial independence under the guidance of the finest professors at the country's top universities. Hertz Fellows are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity, and their potential to bring meaningful and lasting change to our society.

ABOUT THE HERTZ FOUNDATION

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is one of the nation's leading non-profit organizations focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has identified over 1,070 promising applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better and supported their doctoral research by providing the nation's most generous PhD Fellowships. The highly competitive selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of exacting interviews by recognized leaders in applied science and engineering. The Foundation not only supports the Fellows in their graduate education, but also provides unique seminars, workshops and symposia away from their campus environments to expose the in-school Fellows to national leaders and researchers, many of whom are alumni Fellows of the Foundation. More information on the Hertz Foundation can be found at www.hertzfoundation.org.
 
The 2010-2011 new Hertz Fellows, displayed by the Fellow's name, current school, and field of study are:
 
FELLOW
CURRENT SCHOOL
FIELD OF STUDY
Andrea Barrett*
Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
Biomedical Engineering
Adam Marblestone*
Harvard University, MA
Biophysics
Tony Pan Harvard University, MA
Physics
Patrick Brown Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Physics
Ylaine Gerardin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Biology & Electrical Engineering
Maria Monks***
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Mathematics
Josh Waitzman
Northwestern University, IL
Biophysics
David Eric Karp**
Princeton University, NJ
Aerospace Engineering
Joseph Rosenthal*
Rice University, TX
Bioengineering
Justin Solomon*
Stanford University, CA
Computer Science & Mathematics
Paul Tillberg University of California, Berkeley, CA
Electrical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering
Melanie H. Smith*
University of California, San Francisco, CA
Biophysics
Brandon DeKosky*
University of Kansas, KS
Chemical Engineering
Daniel Lecoanet**
University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Physics & Mathematics
Jeff Weber*
Willamette University, OR
Chemistry and Mathematics

 
*  Goldwater Scholarship
** Churchill Scholarship
*** both Goldwater and Churchill Scholarships

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