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Two seniors, one graduate student win $250,000 Hertz Fellowships

No-strings-attached awards last up to five years
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

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