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The Hertz Foundation Selects Finalists for 2013-2014 Hertz Fellowship, Supporting Young Leaders in Applied Physical, Biological and Engineering Sciences

- Fifty Finalists in the Fiftieth Anniversary Year

LIVERMORE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announces its finalists for the 2013-2014 Hertz Fellowship. From among more than 700 applicants, 50 are chosen as finalists to receive the Hertz Fellowship. The new Fellows will be announced by April 1st. Considered to be the Nation's most generous support for graduate education in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, the Hertz Fellowship has been awarded to over 1100 individuals. Valued at more than a quarter million dollars per student, this support lasts for up to five years.

"We are honored to have such a tremendously competitive applicant pool," stated Hertz Foundation President Jay Davis, PhD. "It was quite challenging to select only 50 finalists from such an outstanding field of applicants." The rigorous selection process includes a comprehensive written application, four references, and two rounds of technical interviews by recognized leaders in applied sciences and engineering. The interview is a distinguishing attribute of the Hertz Foundation. This face-to-face conversation is geared towards identifying exceptional innovators in a way that test scores and GPAs don't reveal.

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

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the Hertz Foundation has fostered the scientific and engineering strength of the nation by finding the best and brightest from those disciplines. Fellows are given the freedom to innovate in their doctoral studies without most traditional restrictions. During the past ten years, with Foundation support, Hertz Fellows have built a community in which all ages gather together, inspire one another and collaborate for innovation that further augments the powerful contribution they bring to society.

Finalists for the 2013-2014 Hertz Fellowship listed below.

Hertz Fellowship Program

Finalists for the 2013 Fellowship Year 




Name           

General Field of Study  

Present or Recent School




Atish Agarwala              

Physics                     

Swarthmore College

Kathleen Alexander         

Materials Science     

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

William Allen  

Quantitative Biology & Bioengineering 

Cambridge University

Olga Botvinnik  

Quantitative Biology               

University of California-San Diego

Brandon Clumpner  

Mechanical Engineering    

United States Military Academy

Lina Colucci        

Medical Engineering  

Harvard-MIT Health Science & Technology

Henry Corrigan-Gibbs     

Computer Science       

Yale University

Ashok Cutkosky      

Computer Science 

Harvard University

Alicia Darnell            

Biochemistry/Chemical Biology      

Harvard University

Ritankar Das

Chemistry & Biomolecular Engineering 

University of California-Berkeley

Jared Dunnmon       

Engineering                            

Oxford University

Matthew Edwards     

Engineering   

Carnegie Mellon University

Zhou Fan                 

Statistics       

Harvard University and Cambridge University

Peter Fiflis    

Nuclear Engineering        

University of Illinois-Urbana

Hilary Finucane        

Computational Biology         

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stephen Fleming  

Physics & Applied Physics   

Harvard University

Jonathan Gootenberg   

Biological Engineering  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Simon Gordonov  

Biological Engineering  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Zachary Hallberg      

Chemistry          

University of California-Berkeley

Mina Hanna    

Materials Science & Engineering    

University of Florida

Olivia Hendricks          

Chemistry                            

Stanford University

Christina Homer    

Biophysics-Systems Bio Focus  

University of California-San Francisco

Jonathan Huggins     

Computer Science   

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Megan Jackson         

Chemistry    

California Institute of Technology

Seungsoo Kim Systems   

Biology  

Harvard University

Eric Kittlaus           

Applied Physics     

Santa Clara University

Ruby Lai            

Physics                

Stanford University

Eric Larson         

Mathematics         

Harvard University

William Letsou   

Chemistry / Chemical Engineering     

California Institute of Technology

Micah Manary      

Bioinformatics           

University of California-San Diego

Naveen Mehta       

Bioengineering      

University of Texas-Austin

Andrew Meng    

Materials Science & Engineering   

California Institute of Technology

Liane Moreau             

Materials Science & Engineering    

Northwestern University

Robert Nishihara         

Computer Science                        

Harvard University

Thomas Nummy          

Materials Science  

University Colorado-Boulder

Joseph O'Rourke  

Astronomy/Earth & Geo Science  

California Institute of Technology

Kathryn Olesnavage  

Mechanical Engineering      

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amy Ousterhout        

Computer Science      

Princeton University

James Pelletier         

Physics         

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bharath Ramsundar    

Computer Science         

Stanford University

Charles Rinzler        

Materials Science          

Harvard University

Matthew Rispoli        

Physics       

Southern Methodist University

Samuel Rodriques      

Applied Physics & Astronomy    

Haverford College

Timothy Roth       

Bioengineering                     

Harvard University

Rebekah Scheuerle  

Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering   

University of Texas-Austin

Jennifer Schloss       

Applied Physics & Astronomy  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aman Sinha               

Electrical Engineering          

Princeton University

Lauren Smith    

Biomedical Engineering         

Northwestern University

Hamsa Sridhar    

Electrical Engineering      

Stanford University

Daniel Strouse          

Physics                

Princeton University College of London

SOURCE The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

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