Monika Schleier-Smith, PhD

Fellowship Awarded 2005
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Monika Schleier-­Smith is an associate professor in the physics department at Stanford University.

Her research centers on advancing control and understanding of quantum many-body systems through experiments with laser-cooled atoms. Schleier-Smith received her A.B. in Chemistry and Physics, with a minor in Mathematics, from Harvard University. For her Ph.D. research at MIT, she was recognized with a Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize. She subsequently pursued postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilian­ University (LMU Munich). She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award and the President’s Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Schleier-Smith serves the Foundation as an Early Career Director.

"I benefited tremendously from the Hertz Fellowship. It allowed me to spend time on my research—and on a few other activities that helped keep me sane and happy rather than spending time worrying about money. The other fellows are a wonderful source of both camaraderie and inspiration."
– Monika Schleier-Smith

Hertz Foundation Role

Board of Directors

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics, Atomic Physics, Molecular Physics
Cavity-Enabled Spin Squeezing for a Quantum-Enhanced Atomic Clock


2014, Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; 2011, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation; 2019, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Department of Defense