BOSTON — Three Ph.D.s, three medical students, a urologist, an expert in cardiac rhythm and disease management, an authority on vaccine development and manufacturing, and a consultant to Fortune 200 companies. These ten people now have one more thing in common besides their high level of talent and accomplishment. They have all recently been named recipients of Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellowships at Harvard Business School as they prepare to enter the School's MBA program in September.
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 ten incoming MBA students who meet those 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.
"As the leaders of this country work to cure the ills of the US healthcare system, the importance of the interplay between the life sciences and business has never been more important," said Deirdre L. Leopold, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid. "We are grateful to Rob Kaplan for helping us to attract to Harvard Business School this multitalented group of extraordinary students."
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. "Healthcare is both an important global issue and a significant opportunity for Harvard Business School," said HBS Dean Jay Light. "It's an area where management faces numerous challenges, and many of our students are eager to take up those challenges when they enter the workforce after graduation. Kaplan Fellows will play an important role in this effort."
The 2009 Kaplan Fellows are:
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.