Alumnus Patrick Brown Receives Hertz Fellowship

Author: Marissa Gebhard


The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a leading national non-profit aimed at driving young applied scientists and engineers to innovation, has provided more than 1,070 of these promising young minds with generous PhD fellowships to support their doctoral research. Recent alumnus Patrick Brown, has received one of these accommodating fellowships this year to support his graduate studies in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brown, who was a chemistry and physics double major at Notre Dame, became interested in solar power during his three years of research with Prashant Kamat, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and lead scientist at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory. His commitment to research in solar power and interest in sustainability led him to continue his work on solar cell technology while pursuing graduate studies in physics at MIT.

The Hertz Fellowship’s highly selective process includes a comprehensive written application, four academic references, and two rounds of demanding interviews by leaders in applied science and engineering. The fellowship will support Brown with a stipend of $31,000 for up to five years of his graduate studies, as well as provide him with unique off-campus seminars, workshops, and symposia to expose him to national leaders and researchers in his field.

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is one of the nation's leading non-profit organizations focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has identified over 1,070 promising applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better and supported their doctoral research by providing the nation's most generous PhD Fellowships.

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