Selected by a panel of twelve nationally recognized scientists and engineers, the eighteen fellows will each receive an unrestricted grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue cutting-edge research. Established in 1988, the program provides financial support to promising young scientists early in their careers so they can take risks and explore frontiers in their respective fields of study. Fellows must be faculty members within three years of the start of their careers who are eligible to serve as principal investigators engaged in research in the natural and physical sciences or engineering.
This year's Packard Fellows are Karim-Jean Armache (Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, New York University), Bhargav Bhatt (University of Michigan), Arpita Bose (Washington University, St. Louis), Xiang Cheng (University of Minnesota), Kwanghun Chung (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Kimberly L. Cooper (University of California, San Diego), Brandi Cossairt (University of Washington), Cory Dean (Columbia University), Jillian Lee Dempsey (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Seth Finnegan (University of California, Berkeley), David Hsieh (California Institute of Technology), Daniel Jarosz (Stanford University), Kristy Jean Kroeker (University of California, Santa Cruz), Peter Thomas Rakich (Yale University), Elaine Runting Shi (Cornell University), Jay Strader (Michigan State University), Jessica E. Tierney (University of Arizona), and Melanie Matchet Wood (University of Wisconsin, Madison).
"The Packard Fellowships give some of the most talented early-career scientists and engineers the flexibility to experiment, take risks and explore new ideas that they otherwise may not have the resources to do," said Dr. Frances Arnold, Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel. "This type of investment in the nation's best and brightest was something that David Packard believed would help to accelerate scientific breakthrough and, in turn, provide many benefits to our society."