SOURCE: The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

February 13, 2014 10:25 ET

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Names 50 Finalists for Hertz Fellowships

Quarter Million Dollar Support to Each Young Leader in the Applied Physical, Biological and Engineering Sciences

LIVERMORE, CA--(Marketwired - February 13, 2014) - The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation named the 50 top finalists for the 2014 Hertz Fellowship, considered to be the nation's most prestigious graduate education award in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The finalists were selected from nearly 800 applicants. Up to 15 graduate students will be named 2014 Hertz Fellows in late March. Valued at more than a quarter million dollars per student, this support, lasting up to five years, is also considered to be the nation's most generous. More than $200 million (present day value) in fellowships has been awarded for the graduate education of 1154 Hertz Fellows since 1963, in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Finalists represent 29 universities from across the nation, including Harvard, Stanford, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fields of study for the Hertz Fellowship range from neuroscience, bioengineering, materials science, physics, computer science, quantitative biology, astronautics and aeronautics to additional areas in STEM education.

"Every year we are inspired by our incredible applicant pool," stated Jay Davis, PhD, Hertz Foundation President. "It is a highly competitive process to select only 50 finalists to advance to the next round of technical interviews. It appears that more than a third of our finalists are in bioengineering, neuroscience, biomedical engineering or computational biology. This follows a major trend we continue to see among our candidates: applying physical and computational tools to problems of biomedicine and health."

The rigorous selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews. The interview is a distinguishing attribute of the Hertz Foundation. This face-to-face conversation identifies creativity in a way that test scores and GPAs do not reveal.

 "We base our decisions on many criteria that come through as a result of the in-depth interview process," continued Davis. "The interview identifies those with exceptional creativity and the promise for innovative research. We select applicants who have great potential to impact and better the world."

For more than half a century, the Hertz Foundation has contributed to the scientific, engineering and STEM education strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest graduate students. Hertz Fellows pursue the PhD and follow their own ideas with complete financial independence. These students are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity and their potential to bring meaningful improvement to society. The Hertz Foundation also supports Hertz Fellows in building the vibrant Hertz Fellows Community, gathering in annual workshops and retreats to inspire and learn from one another across generations. Collaboration across disciplines further augments their powerful contribution and impact.

Finalists for the 2014 Hertz Fellowship listed below.

Hertz Fellowship Program -- Finalists for the 2014 Fellowship Year,

Including Name, General Field of Study and Present or Recent School

William Allen, Neuroscience and Bioengineering, Stanford University

John Alred, Materials Science, Rice University

Arunima Balan, Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jeremy Bancroft Brown. Bioengineering, University of California-San Francisco

Ashvin Bashyam, Quantitative Biology/Bioengineering. University of Texas - Austin

Craig Bohrson, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Brown, Physics, Arizona State University-Tempe

Peter Brown, Physics, Princeton University

Diana Burk, Biomedical Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

Seth Cazzell, Materials Science, University of Illinois at Urbana

Christina Chang, Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK

Daming Chen, Computer Science, Arizona State University-Tempe

Connor Coley, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Emily Davis, Physics, Stanford University

Daniel Fried, Computer Science, University of Arizona

Stephen Gilbert, Physics, University of California-Berkeley

Ryan Giordano, Statistics, University of California-Berkeley

Emerson Glassey, Bioengineering, University of California-Santa Cruz

Jonathan Gootenberg, Biological Engineering, Harvard University

Adrian Haimovich, Bioengineering, Yale University

Megan Jackson, Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cody Karcher, Aeronautics/Astronautics, University of Maryland College Park

Gene Katsevich, Applied Math and Statistics, Princeton University

Marc Khoury, Computer Science, University of California-Berkeley

Laurel Kroo, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College Of Engineering

Shinjini Kundu, Computer Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Katherine Lawrence, Applied Physics, Yale University

Jonathan Lee, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Medical Branch

Bethany Lettiere, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara

Yuzhang Li, Materials Science, Stanford University

Stephen Linderman, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University

Ian McKay, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Benjamin Mead, Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nishant Mehta, Quantitative Biology/Bioengineering, University of Texas - Austin

Aidan Mouat, Chemistry, Northwestern University

Matthew Orr, Applied Physics, University of Southern California

Emma Pierson, Computer Science, Stanford University

Elizabeth Qian, Aeronautics/Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Emma Rosenfeld, Physics, Boston University

Andrew Rzeznik, Applied Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Judith Savitskaya, Bioengineering, University of California-Berkeley

Katharine Schutz, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Samuel Shames, Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric Stansifer, Earth Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Narendra Tallapragada, Quantitative Biology/Bioengineering, Harvard University

Sara Taylor, Computational Biology, Brigham Young University

Andrew Turner, Astronomy, Harvey Mudd College

Stephanie Tzouanas, Bioengineering, Rice University

Laura Vogelaar Herlant, Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Asmamaw Wassie, Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

For more information about the Hertz Foundation, visit: https://www.hertzfoundation.org.

For more than half a century, the Hertz Foundation has contributed to the scientific, engineering and STEM education strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest graduate students. Hertz Fellows pursue the PhD and follow their own ideas with complete financial independence. These students are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity and their potential to bring meaningful improvement to society. The Hertz Foundation also supports Hertz Fellows in building the vibrant Hertz Fellows Community, gathering in annual workshops and retreats to inspire and learn from one another across generations. Collaboration across disciplines further augments their powerful contribution and impact.

Celebrating more than half a century of the Hertz Fellowship, the Hertz Foundation has fostered the scientific and engineering strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest students from those disciplines. During the past decade of applications, there has been a major shift of the candidates towards those who apply physical and computational tools to the problems of biomedicine and health. Significantly, another shift of the Hertz Foundation has been to support Hertz Fellows to build the vibrant Hertz Fellows Community. All ages gather in annual workshops and retreats to inspire one another and collaborate across generations and disciplines for innovation that further augments their powerful contribution. Hertz Fellows pursue their own ideas with complete financial independence, under the guidance of some of the country's finest professors and mentors. Fellows are chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity and their potential to bring meaningful improvement to society. The highly competitive selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews by recognized leaders in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. We seek applicants with exceptional personal creativity and great promise for innovative research. Throughout five decades, their impact has fulfilled that promise. They are the leaders who produce advances in science, medicine, technology, business, academia and government.

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