Twelve doctoral students in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences at five universities — Johns Hopkins, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and UC Santa Barbara — will each receive a stipend and full tuition valued at more than $250,000 for up to five years to pursue their research.
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 in science, mathematics, and engineering fields. According to the foundation, fellows have the freedom to pursue their own ideas in their doctoral studies without traditional research funding restrictions.
"Far too few of our most talented young Americans are dedicating themselves to leadership careers in science, engineering and mathematics," said Hertz Foundation president Robbee Baker Kosak. "Yet, leadership in these disciplines is precisely what the United States needs if we are to continue to build a robust economy and protect our national security. Following in the footsteps of Hertz Fellows who have come before them, these young men and women will utilize this fellowship to pursue work that will have a tremendous impact on the future of our country and society as a whole."
For a complete list of 2016 fellows, see the Hertz Foundation website.