40 Finalists Named for the 2018 Hertz Fellowships

February 6, 2018

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced the 40 finalists for its PhD fellowship in applied science, math and engineering for the class of 2018. They were selected from nearly 700 applicants. Each Fellowship consists of up to 5 years of academic fiscal support valued at $250,000 and provides research freedom at a participating graduate institution in the United States. The recipients of the 2018 Hertz Foundation Fellowship will be notified in late March

“Our interviewers were very impressed by each of these finalists, and we congratulate all of them on having reached this point in the rigorous Hertz Fellowship selection process,” said Robbee Baker Kosak, Hertz Foundation President. “It’s always a daunting challenge to narrow down such an exceptional field of hundreds of candidates to the few fellowships we’re able to give each year.”

Since 1963, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has been providing PhD Fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals expected to have the greatest impact on the application of science, math and engineering to human problems. It is the legacy of John Hertz, a Hungarian immigrant who made his fortune by capitalizing on the entrepreneurship prospects in the budding automotive industry, and who strongly believed that innovative and entrepreneurial solutions were vital to the strength, security and prosperity of our nation.

Today, the Hertz Fellows number more than 1,200—67 of whom are currently pursuing their PhDs. Together, they comprise one of the most influential groups of leaders, innovators, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists found in the American corporate, university, national laboratory and military sectors. To date, Hertz Fellows collectively possess more than 3,000 patents, have founded more than 200 companies and have received more than 200 major national and international awards, including eight Breakthrough Prizes in Science, a Fields Medal, a Turing Award and two Nobel Prizes. In addition to financial support, the Foundation provides ongoing mentoring, symposia, and retreats to build a network of peers, providing Fellows a forum to share ideas and explore opportunities throughout their careers.

View the printable 2018 Hertz Fellowship Finalists list


Name General Field of Study Present or Recent School
Patrick Almhjell Quant. Biology/Bio-engineering Caltech
Alexandra Barth Chemistry Caltech
Benjamin Bartlett Applied physics Stanford University
Alexandra Brown Chemistry MIT
Dylan Cable App. Mathematics and Statistics Stanford University
Lillian Chin Electrical Engineering/Comp. Sci. MIT
Iris Cong Physics Harvard University
Colin Defant Mathematics Princeton University
Marisa Egan Microbiology Saint Joseph's University
Katherine Fraser Physics Harvard University
Kanika Gakhar Aerospace Engineering Texas A&M
Christopher Giuliano Synthetic and Quant. Biology SUNY at Stony Brook
Peter Godart Mechanical Engineering MIT
Hans Hanley Computer Science and Engineering Princeton University
Sarah Hooper Electrical Engineering Stanford University
Karthik Hullahalli Modern Biology University of Texas-Dallas
Michael Janner Computer Science MIT
Maxinder Kanwal Quant. Biology/Bio-engineering UC Berkeley
Margaret Klureza Chemistry Harvard University
William Kuszmaul Computer Science Stanford University
Katherine Latimer Materials UC Berkeley
Joseph Levin Quantitative Biology Rockefeller University
David Palmer Computer Science MIT
Grace Pan Physics Yale University
Jonathan Paras Materials Science and Engineering MIT
Ethan Perez Computer Science Rice University
Aditya Raguram Chemistry & Chemical Biology Harvard University
Ramya Rangan Biophysics Stanford University
Sujit Rao Computer Science Cornell University
Andrew Saydjari Physics Yale University
Dina Sharon Chemistry Princeton University
Ethan Sussman Applied Mathematics Stanford University
Gabrielle Tender Chemistry Caltech
Brian Trippe Quant. Biology/Bio-engineering MIT
Danil Tyulmankov Neuroscience Columbia University
Michael Wadas Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Olivia Waring Medical Engineering and Medical Physics MIT/Harvard Joint program (Health Sciences and Technology Division)
Garrett Watson Applied Physics MIT
Andrew Yu Electrical Engineering Stanford University
Dominic Yurk Quant. Biology/Bio-engineering Caltech