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Talent

INVESTING IN EXCELLENCE AND WIDENING THE GATES. Through generous commitments for financial aid and professorships, Harvard has been able to attract the brightest students and faculty from across the globe. Below are a few examples of the exceptional talent supported through The Harvard Campaign.

Stories of Impact

Financial Aid at Harvard: Students Share Their Stories

Announced in 2004 and later expanded under President Drew Faust, the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative has opened the College’s doors to exceptional students regardless of their economic backgrounds by providing grant aid to support—or in some cases cover the full cost of—attending Harvard for students from low-income families.

Answering the Call

Britney Foster is a second-year Master of Divinity degree candidate from Los Angeles. She is a social worker, an educator, and a minister. She’s using the Innovation Lab at Harvard to create a consulting firm to improve school discipline outcomes for black boys.

SEAL-Tested, NASA-Approved

Jonny Kim MD ’16—one of a dozen candidates picked by NASA for its next astronaut class—will put his medical career on hold so he can learn to fly a plane, spacewalk, operate the International Space Station’s robotic arm, and master other skills NASA considers essential.

Recognizing Excellence in Leadership and Teaching: Arts and Science Professorships

Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), created the professorship program at the beginning of the Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences to recognize the scholarly achievement of the highest achieving faculty through support for research funding on a rotating basis of five-year terms.

Influencing the Lives of Millions of Students

The Harvard Graduate School of Education launched the Doctor of Education Leadership (EdLD) program to develop system-level leaders who will transform American preK-12 education. EdLD student cohorts include entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, principals, teachers, and policy researchers who progress together through a multidisciplinary program taught by faculty from HGSE, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School.

Using Architecture to Mix Science and Art

Jeremy Burke MDE ’18 spent two years as a student in the first joint degree program offered by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Fighting for Underserved Populations: An Aspiration and an Obligation

Elorm Avakame MD ’18, MPP ’18 hopes to use his medical and public policy training to improve the health of underserved communities, not only as a doctor but as an educator, organizer, and activist.

A Pipeline for Talented New Faculty: Radcliffe Professors

The Radcliffe Institute has a unique ability to help attract stellar talent to the Harvard faculty by providing fellowship opportunities. These promising new faculty members are all part of the multidisciplinary Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program during their first years at Harvard.

Envisioning the Future of Library Spaces

Originally from Mexico, Alberto de Salvatierra MLA ’17, MDes ’17 was an inaugural May Crane Fellow at Harvard University’s Lamont Library. His research focuses on the library and the city in order to make the library experience more inclusive and diverse.

Educating Future Generations of Public Health Leaders

A Dillon Family Fellow in Population and International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Todd Lewis SM ’17, PhD ’21 hopes to launch an academic career conducting research to help governments in low- and middle-income countries improve their health systems.

A Happy Ending to an Uncertain Chapter

Lindsay D’Amato took a circuitous route from Missouri to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, via graduate school in California, a two-year Peace Corps stint in Panama—and a detour for brain surgery.

Investing in Young Faculty: Harvard Business School Associate Professor Program

Harvard Business School’s commitment to developing a world-class faculty begins with its commitment to faculty members in the early stages of their careers. The School recruits outstanding young academics and provides them with broad-ranging support for almost a decade as they deepen their research and delve into new fields of inquiry, and as they become skilled case- and field-method teachers.