Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
The MIT community is very familiar with endowed fellowships named for their donors. But when Ray Sidney '95, an early software engineer at Google, decided to make a gift, he established the Stroock-Hertz Fellowship in honor of his MIT math professor, Daniel W. Stroock, the Simons Professor in Mathematics.
Stroock met the recipient of the Stroock-Hertz Fellowship, MIT physics graduate student Monika Schleier-Smith, at a dinner given by the Hertz Foundation for Hertz Fellows in the Boston area on Friday, Oct. 21.
Institute Professor John M. Deutch and Hertz Fellow Alice Gast, who is MIT's vice president for research and associate provost, were featured speakers at the dinner, which followed a meeting of the foundation's board of directors.
Also attending were Brett Bethke and Stephen Samouhos, both Hertz Fellows studying for their doctorates at MIT.
Hertz Fellows receive up to $240,000 each for up to five years of study toward their doctorates.