Monika Schleier-Smith, PhD

2005 Hertz Fellow
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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

Graduate Studies

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

Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University


2021, I.I.Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, American Physical Society
2020, MacArthur Fellow, MacArthur Foundation
2019, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Department of Defense
2014, Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
2011, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation

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Dec 8, 2020
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