Chosen from a pool of nearly seven hundred applicants and hailing from eight different states and nine different undergraduate schools, the ten doctoral students will each receive a stipend and full tuition for up to five years to pursue graduate research in chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics. This year's class includes six women, the highest proportion of women of any class in the foundation's history.
Since 1963, the foundation, which encourages awardees to pursue science for the public good, has provided support for the graduate education of nearly twelve hundred fellows, giving them freedom to pursue their own ideas in their doctoral studies without traditional research funding restrictions.
"The 2018 fellowship awardees are an outstanding group of students, with diverse talents and an extraordinary drive to reach new heights in scientific research and technological innovation," said Hertz Foundation president Robbee Baker Kosak."We are delighted to welcome these six women and four men to the Hertz Community. They join the hundreds of Hertz Fellows who are leading important breakthroughs and developing some of the most important scientific and engineering solutions to challenges in our world today. We look forward to seeing what these ten women and men contribute to that goal in the coming years."
For a complete list of 2018 Hertz Fellows, see the Hertz Foundation website.