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Twelve graduate students have been named 2021 Hertz Fellows by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, three of which are related to Caltech. Caltech students are: undergraduate student Alexander Zlokapa, who will receive his bachelor’s degree in physics this year and plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study quantum computers and neural networks; current graduate student Nathanael Kazmierczak, who seeks to encode and process information using individual molecules instead of electronics; and Emily Geyman, who will study disturbances in Earth’s climate throughout history to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the foundation’s press release, the Hertz scholarship “supports five years of academic research and the freedom to pursue innovative ideas wherever they lead. The scholarship empowers these extraordinary innovators at a pivotal point in their careers, helping them shape their scientific endeavors and accelerate their impact in the real world.
“The Hertz scholarship gives students the freedom to work on the topics they are most passionate about,” says Zlokapa. “I think the academic focus of the scholarship closely matches the mindset Caltech cultivates in its students, so the program is a great choice for further research.
At MIT, Zlokapa plans to study how quantum computers of the future can accelerate neural networks and other forms of AI (artificial intelligence), which could help create more powerful algorithms that learn from sets. larger data. Although quantum computers are still in the early stages of development, researchers are busy figuring out what kinds of problems the machines could solve. Zlokapa says neural networks are a great example of a tool that could benefit quantum computers.
Kazmierczak is a graduate chemistry student at Caltech and uses molecular quantum bits to detect chemical microenvironments, with implications for medicine, catalysis, and energy conversion. Kazmierczak graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and music from Calvin University in 2020.
Geyman, a geoscientist, has spent the past two years living in the Arctic Circle in Norway, as global researcher Daniel M. Sachs at Princeton University. She is currently developing models to simulate how glaciers will respond to a warmer, wetter climate and contribute to sea level rise over the next century. She received a BSc in Geosciences from Princeton University in 2019 and will begin her PhD at Caltech in the fall of 2021.
Each year, the Hertz Foundation awards scholarships to around ten students. The Hertz Foundation is the legacy of John Hertz, a Hungarian immigrant who became an entrepreneur in the automotive industry. The foundation has supported budding scientists and engineers for 60 years.
“The Hertz is a scholarship sought after by many Caltech seniors planning doctoral studies in STEM fields and early career graduate students,” says Lauren Stolper, Director of Scholarships and Study Abroad. “The competition is intense and the process inspires students to reflect on their graduate goals and professional careers. Although a small number of scholarships are awarded, the Hertz application process itself is stimulating. In the fall, the Office of Fellowships and Study Abroad will provide essay review and advice to seniors, Caltech graduate students, and former Hertz applicants.