Nine doctoral students in the sciences will receive a total of $1 million in
stipends for up to four years of PhD studies donated by Canadian philanthropist
Each student will also receive an exemption from tuition.
The nine students will be presented with their fellowships at the annual Adams
Seminar on May 20 at the Israel Academy of Sciences.
Graduates of the
fellowship program are currently conducting postdoctoral training in
universities around the world, including Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley,
Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Cornell.
Adams, the founder of the
fellowship fund, established the fund at the academy seven years ago, and 69
Israeli researchers have already received the fellowships. The philanthropist
and enthusiastic Zionist will celebrate his 92nd birthday this year. He began as
a penniless Holocaust survivor from Romania who fought in the War of
Independence, eventually becoming an entrepreneur in Montreal.
meet in Jerusalem with a number of graduates of the program who have returned to
academia and hi-tech positions here after their post-doctoral work.
Krupkin, a doctoral student in structural biology of Weizmann Institute of
Science Prof. Ada Yonath – who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry a few years
ago – is one of the recipients.
Krupkin, considered by Yonath as one of
her best students, is studying the structure of ribosomes. She made aliya from
Russia at the age of two and as a child in elementary school did experiments in
a home lab. As a high school student she participated in summer camps for young
scientists and in the Hetz Program for Young Scientists at the Weizmann
Another research student to receive the fellowship is David
Tsivion, who is on a direct PhD track at Weizmann in the field of
nanotechnology. He is an F-16 pilot with the rank of major, serving over
60 days a year in the air force reserves. The 32-yearold fellow was born in
Rehovot and raised in Givat Ada. He found science fascinating from a young age
and he completed his BSc at the Open University with honors during his military
service, studying at night and on weekends.
Amit Daniely is a Hebrew
University of Jerusalem doctoral student who had a strong passion for
mathematics since childhood. He completed two first degrees in mathematics and
computer science with high distinction, while working in a software company, but
left a promising career to continue on to his doctorate. The 27-year-old
Jerusalemite published his research in a journal of discrete mathematics,
contributing to laying the firm mathematical foundation of machine
Another Adams Fellow is Liel Sapir, who is on a direct track to
his HU doctorate in physical chemistry. The son of an X-ray technician who
immigrated from Iran, whose mother came as a teacher from Argentina, the
28-yearold scholar completed his first degree studies in the Amirim program and
finished his second degree with a 99 percent average. He is studying osmolytes,
which are used as protein stabilizers in the food, drug and biochemical
Tslil Ast is another Adams Fellow at Weizmann and is
researching molecular genetics. At the age of 26, she has shown much
talent at synthesizing material and developing hypotheses.
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