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JHU Doctoral Candidate Named Inaugural Schmidt Science Fellow

MICUA Matters Spring 2018

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) doctoral candidate Wesley Fuhrman has been selected as a Schmidt Science Fellow, one of the first in a new program endowed by Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, and his wife, philanthropist Wendy Schmidt.

The fellowship seeks to support the next generation of scientific leaders by providing fellows a $100,000 award, an invitation to a scientific global meeting series hosted by the world's leading universities, and other tools and opportunities needed to drive world-changing innovations.

Selected from a pool of 220 global applicants and 31 finalists, Fuhrman, who is earning his Ph.D in physics at JHU, was one of 14 scientists to join the first cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows.

"I was honored—and humbled—to receive the call that I had won," said Fuhrman, whose work focuses on quantum materials, which are made up of particles that behave in unexpected ways. These unpredictable materials have incredible computational and mechanical applications— including the electromagnetism that makes MRI machines work and the underlying process that makes gigabyte storage possible.

"Throughout my Ph.D, I've applied basic scientific tools to understanding this material, but so far there's a lack of realworld applications. With the Schmidt Fellowship, I hope to connect the pipeline—to move from basic science to application effectively," Fuhrman says.

Fuhrman has earned distinction for his research since his time as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine, where his research corresponded with experiments taking place at JHU.

"The next frontiers of scientific discovery will be pioneered by those who can transcend the traditional boundaries of science, using techniques from multiple scientific fields to tackle society's longstanding challenges," Eric Schmidt said. "The first class of Schmidt Science Fellows have the intelligence, inspiration, and ambition to be leaders in science and society."