The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering young scientists and engineers with the freedom to innovate, has awarded Hertz Fellowships to 15 students for 2010-11. Two of the award-winners, Adam Marblestone, a Ph.D. candidate in the Harvard Biophysics Program, and Tony Pan, a theoretical astrophysics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, are among the 15 national winners.

The award lasts up to five years of the recipients’ for their graduate studies. Since 1963, the Hertz Foundation has provided the nation’s most generous Ph.D. fellowships to more than 1,070 gifted applied scientists and engineers with the potential to change the world for the better. This year’s class of Hertz Fellows was selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants, and winners were “chosen for their intellect, their ingenuity, and their potential to bring meaningful and lasting change to our society.”