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Prof. Monika Schleier-Smith awarded MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Stanford quantum physicist Monika Schleier-Smith has been named a 2020 fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The fellowship, also referred to as “genius grants,” recognize individuals “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Fellows receive $625,000 stipends that come with no conditions in order to “pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Monika is among 21 recipients of the prestigious fellowship this year.
“We’re delighted that the MacArthur Foundation has recognized two outstanding Stanford scholars,” said Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. “Monika Schleier-Smith and Forrest Stuart conduct research in different disciplines using very different methods, but both exemplify creativity in their work and demonstrate what is possible when you bring fresh perspectives to thorny problems. We are all tremendously proud of their achievements, and I can’t wait to see where their research takes them.”