Physics graduate students Herzog-Arbeitman ’19 and Longenecker win $250,000 Hertz scholarships
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation has announced that Princeton graduate students Jonah Herzog-Arbeitman and Daniel Longenecker are two of 13 recipients of the prestigious 2022 Hertz Scholarships in Applied Science, Mathematics and Engineering.
Scholars, selected from a pool of more than 650 applicants from across the country, will receive a stipend and full tuition support worth more than $250,000 for up to five years of graduate study.
“To remain a world leader in science and technology, our country needs enterprising minds who can invent creative solutions to real problems,” said Robbee Baker Kosak, president of the Hertz Foundation. “We are delighted to be able to support these promising innovators and fuel their research at such a crucial time in their careers.
Launched in 1963, the Hertz Fellowship has supported more than 1,200 scientists and engineers who collectively hold more than 3,000 patents, have founded more than 375 companies, and have received hundreds of major national and international awards, including two Nobel Prizes, eight Revolutionaries, the National Medal of Technology, the Fields Medal, and the Turing Award.
Herzog-Arbeitman, a class of 2019 and now a freshman graduate student at Princeton University, is a condensed matter physicist who works to discover new states of matter and develop quantum materials to solve long-standing issues. . He has published 13 journal articles, including two in Nature Physics and four in Physical Review Letters, including one based on research from his first summer at Princeton.
“Being inspired by people like Bohr and Schrodinger has never been more important, as we wait for the next leap of faith that will take us from the quantum mechanics of the last hundred years to the next hundred years,” he said. -he declares. “The projects I work on are at the theoretical dawn of what we believe will be a revolution in device engineering using topology and quantum mechanics.”
As an undergraduate at Princeton, Herzog-Arbeitman studied physics, mathematics, and poetry. In 2019, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford and Cambridge, earning a master’s degree from both institutions before returning to Princeton for graduate study.
At Princeton, he was active in the physics department’s mentorship programs and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. He is dedicated to diversifying academia, encouraging undergraduate students to pursue studies in physics, and demystifying the path to a career in research. In his biography for the Hertz Foundation, he mentioned that he had “a twin, two moms and a very hairy dog.”
Longenecker, also a first-year graduate student in physics, studies scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory and string theory. He hopes to contribute to the reformulation of quantum field theory by discovering new mathematical principles and structures.
“I’m so excited to be part of the Hertz community and to be able to meet other Hertz Scholars who are scholars with deep knowledge in their field who also want to change the world.”
Longenecker received his BA in Physics and Physics Education in 2021 from Cornell University. Deeply interested in all aspects of education, he has held numerous teaching positions at both Cornell and Princeton, and hopes to start a business to provide access to education for underprivileged children around the world.
Born in Maryland, he moved to Kuwait with his family when he was 5 years old. School closures caused by the Iraq War in 2003 led to him being homeschooled until college. Outside of academic pursuits, Longenecker enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Addison. He has visited 25 countries so far.