Princeton University announced that Princeton Day School alumna Dina Sharon, class of 2010, was one of 10 recipients this year who received a prestigious Hertz Fellowship. Dina was chosen from among nearly 700 applicants who applied for this fellowship, which provides full tuition support and a stipend for up to five years for graduate study in the fields of chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics.
At PDS, Dina was an exceptional science student, competing as a Chemistry Olympiad national finalist, and receiving the 2010 Alyea Award as a senior. Upon graduation from PDS, Dina went to Princeton where she received her degree in chemistry. She then received a Fulbright grant and studied in Israel, researching a model of an artificial enzyme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is currently a researcher at D.E. Shaw Research, where she uses molecular dynamics simulations in drug discovery.
According to the story on the Princeton website, Dina plans to spend her Ph.D. "using computational tools — including new ones of her own design — to study natural enzymes and design novel enzymes." Congratulations Dina! For the full article, visit the Princeton site.