Stanford student named 2020 Schmidt Science Fellow

Deepak Krishnamurthy

Mechanical engineering PhD student Deepak Krishnamurthy is among the recipients of the 2020 Schmidt Science Fellowship. He joins 21 other early-career scientists from across the globe as members of the third cohort of fellows.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected for this program. I am excited both for its focus on interdisciplinary scientific training and the lifelong fellowship which forms the core of it,” Krishnamurthy said. “I feel extremely fortunate to be given this opportunity at this stage of my career to pivot into a complementary discipline.”

The Schmidt Science Fellows program is a year-long, postdoctoral fellowship that aims to develop the next generation of science leaders through interdisciplinary research to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, including infectious disease, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Fellows receive a $100,000 stipend and are paired with an internationally accomplished and experienced senior scientist who provides mentorship. During the course of the program, fellows learn new scientific concepts, attend science symposiums and engage with other researchers, as well as business and policy professionals.

“This will go a long way in my training as an interdisciplinary scientist and will push me to take up scientific problems that impact global challenges,” Krishnamurthy said. “In particular, I am passionate about applying my engineering and physical biology training to understanding life in the ocean.”

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