The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced the 40 finalists for its PhD fellowship in applied science, math and engineering for the class of 2018. They were selected from nearly 700 applicants. Each Fellowship consists of up to 5 years of academic fiscal support valued at $250,000 and provides research freedom at a participating graduate institution in the United States. The recipients of the 2018 Hertz Foundation Fellowship will be notified in late March
“Our interviewers were very impressed by each of these finalists, and we congratulate all of them on having reached this point in the rigorous Hertz Fellowship selection process,” said Robbee Baker Kosak, Hertz Foundation President. “It’s always a daunting challenge to narrow down such an exceptional field of hundreds of candidates to the few fellowships we’re able to give each year.”
Since 1963, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has been providing PhD Fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals expected to have the greatest impact on the application of science, math and engineering to human problems. It is the legacy of John Hertz, a Hungarian immigrant who made his fortune by capitalizing on the entrepreneurship prospects in the budding automotive industry, and who strongly believed that innovative and entrepreneurial solutions were vital to the strength, security and prosperity of our nation.
Today, the Hertz Fellows number more than 1,200—67 of whom are currently pursuing their PhDs. Together, they comprise one of the most influential groups of leaders, innovators, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists found in the American corporate, university, national laboratory and military sectors. To date, Hertz Fellows collectively possess more than 3,000 patents, have founded more than 200 companies and have received more than 200 major national and international awards, including eight Breakthrough Prizes in Science, a Fields Medal, a Turing Award and two Nobel Prizes. In addition to financial support, the Foundation provides ongoing mentoring, symposia, and retreats to build a network of peers, providing Fellows a forum to share ideas and explore opportunities throughout their careers.
Finalists are listed with their general field of study and present or recent school.
Alexandra Barth Chemistry
App. Mathematics and Statistics
Electrical Engineering/Comp. Sci.
Saint Joseph’s University
Engineering Texas A&M
Synthetic and Quant. Biology
SUNY at Stony Brook
Computer Science and Engineering
University of Texas-Dallas
Materials Science and Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Medical Engineering and Medical Physics
MIT/Harvard Joint program (Health Sciences and Technology Division)