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Jane Wang, new graduate student, wins Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Jane Wang
Graduate student Jane Wang.

December 4, 2007

Jane Wang, a first-year graduate student in the research group of Dean Toste, has won a full five-year graduate fellowship from the prestigious Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.

Wang is one of 15 graduate students selected from more than 580 across the country to receive the Hertz graduate fellowship. Hertz Fellows each receive funding over five years to pursue their own scientific interests at top universities in the United States.

This no-strings-attached support gives Hertz Fellows financial independence and freedom to conduct innovative research because, unlike many other grants, university and study choices are not limited by strict funding requirements.

"Hertz Fellows represent the very best young scientific talent in our nation," says John Holzrichter, PhD, Hertz Foundation president. “These students embody the drive and curiosity to solve the most difficult problems our world faces, and we are pleased to support them as they grow in their chosen disciplines.”

As an undergraduate at Caltech, Wang worked in the olefin metathesis lab of her mentor, 2005 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, and College of Chemistry Advisory Board member Prof. Robert H. Grubbs. She also participated in an internship with a pharmaceutical company, Amgen Inc., where she learned about medicinal chemistry research and had a chance to see first-hand the application of synthetic chemistry to drug design.

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, based in Livermore, CA, is dedicated to the selection and support of outstanding individuals in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Founded in 1963, the Foundation’s mission is to build America’s capacity for innovation by nurturing remarkable applied scientists and engineers.

“I hope to explore new avenues of research that use organic and organometallic chemistry to tackle problems in biochemistry and material science,” says Wang, “and the Hertz Fellowship gives me the freedom to do just that.”

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