BOSTON—Two life science entrepreneurs, two biomedical engineers, an authority on molecular biology, a venture capitalist, an expert in stem cell therapy, a neuropsychologist, and a mechanical engineer are the 2010 recipients of the Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellowship at Harvard Business School. All are first-year students in the School's MBA program.
Established in 2008 to encourage students with life sciences backgrounds and career interests to attend Harvard Business School, the Kaplan Fellowships enable HBS to award $20,000 each to nine incoming MBA students who meet these criteria. Credentials may include academic achievements, recognition from outside organizations, and professional accomplishments. Preferences are given to students who are planning careers in science-related businesses or organizations. Awards are for only the first year of the Harvard MBA Program and do not affect the recipient's eligibility for the School's need-based fellowships.
These awards were created through the generosity of Robert S. Kaplan, a member of the Harvard MBA Class of 1983 and former vice chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., where he now serves as a senior director. He is currently a Professor of Management Practice at HBS.
"Science-based businesses play an important part in the world economy and in one way or another affect every one of us," said Deirdre L. Leopold, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. "We are happy to welcome a group of individuals to the Class of 2012 who want to be leaders in this industry."
The Kaplan Fellowship Program reflects Harvard Business School's continuing commitment to trying to solve the array of problems facing the healthcare sector. In 2005, for example, HBS launched the Healthcare Initiative, a multidisciplinary program that brings together the extensive research, thought leadership, and interest in the business and management of healthcare that are now key parts of the School's agenda.
"These outstanding students bring an extraordinary array of talent and accomplishment to HBS. Their study of management and leadership during their two years here will provide them with new tools, competencies, and perspectives that will add to the impact they will have on society when they graduate," said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. "We are deeply grateful to Rob Kaplan for his generosity in establishing these fellowships."
The 2010 Kaplan Fellows are:
About the HBS Healthcare Initiative:
The HBS Healthcare Initiative (HCI) serves as a gateway for healthcare research, educational programs, and collaboration. Priority is placed on applying the best principles of performance management and innovation to this complex industry. HCI engages with faculty, students, alumni, Executive Education participants, and many other parts of the University, including Harvard Medical School. Through this powerful alliance of key stakeholders, HBS aims to educate leaders who will make an immediate and lasting impact on the healthcare industry. For more information about related activities at Harvard Business School, please visit the Healthcare Initiative website.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.