Two MIT undergraduates and one graduate student are among the 15 new recipients of prestigious fellowships from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. The no-strings-attached fellowships — worth $250,000 each and lasting up to five years — allow exceptional scientists and engineers the freedom to innovate as part of their graduate studies in the applied sciences.
MIT's recipients this year are Patrick Brown, a graduate student in the Department of Physics; Ylaine Gerardin, a senior studying biology and electrical engineering; and Maria Monks, a senior studying mathematics and physics. Monks was also a recipient of a Churchill Scholarship earlier this year.
“The Hertz Foundation welcomes the 15 new Hertz Fellows to this community of leaders whose creativity and risk-taking are producing advances in science, technology, business, academia and government that address and attack the most important national and global problems," Hertz Foundation President Jay Davis said in a statement announcing the awards.
Selected from more than 600 applicants, the 2010-2011 Hertz Fellows comprise 11 men and four women.
For more information about the Hertz Foundation and the awardees, visit www.hertzfoundation.org.