The has announced this year's class of Hertz Fellows.
Chosen for their intellect, ingenuity, and potential to bring meaningful improvement to society, fifteen doctoral students in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences from six institutions — , , , , , and the — will receive $250,000 each over a period of up to five years to pursue their research.
The fellowship program, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, has invested $200 million over the decades in support of graduate students in the sciences and engineering. According to the foundation, fellows have the freedom to pursue their own ideas in their doctoral studies without traditional research funding restrictions.
"We seek applicants with exceptional personal creativity and great promise for innovative research," said Hertz Foundation president Jay Davis. "Throughout five decades, their impact has fulfilled that promise. They join the community of leaders who produce advances in science, medicine, technology, business, academia, and government. Scientists and engineers are only 4 percent of the U.S. workforce, but they account for 50 to 85 percent of the growth in GDP. The top 1 percent is responsible for 90 percent of the important discoveries. Their creativity and risk-taking bring forth innovation for our nation's technical and economic security."