The Heinlein Society 2022 Scholarship Winners

The Heinlein Society celebrated Robert A. Heinlein’s 115th birthday today by announcing the winners of its 2022 Scholarship competition. Expanded to four this year, the $4,000 scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities.

Virginia Heinlein Scholarship

Dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences.

  • Sera McCarty

Sera is the winner of this year’s Virginia “Ginny” Heinlein Scholarship. She will be attending the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor as a freshman. Her major is Biomedical Engineering. Her experience with her own gymnastic injuries – and later coaching – helped steer her toward a career helping others overcome their physical limitations.

Robert A. Heinlein Scholarship

Awarded to a candidate of any gender majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences.

  • JiIlian SouIvie

Jillian is the first winner of the Robert A Heinlein Scholarship. She is majoring in Biology and will attend the University of Arizona as a freshman in the fall. Jillian has always wanted to work in a medical field and help other. In recent years she has focused especially on the surgical field, particularly pediatrics and trauma.

Dr. Jerry Pournelle Scholarship

Awarded to a candidate of any gender majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

  • Anna Mei Moulene

Anna is the recipient of Dr. Jerry Pournelle Scholarship. She will be a senior at Bard College in the upcoming academic year, majoring in Chemistry. She began baking at a very young age, which helped pique her interest in Chemistry initially. After graduating next year, she plans to get a postgraduate degree and hopes to work in a research lab verifying drug safety and efficacy.

Dr. Yoji Kondo Scholarship

Awarded to a candidate of any gender majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences, and add “Science Fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study.

  • Oliver Tan

Oliver is the Dr. Yoji Kondo Scholarship recipient. He will be a freshman in the fall,majoring in Mathematics with a special interest in areas like computational complexity, number theory,and combinatorics. His biggest achievement in the subject is the discovery of the shortest known supersequence. His result has been featured in The On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.

The Heinlein Society commented that they were “astonished” to receive even more applications than the previous year — setting a new record of 567, including a record 53 international applicants. The international applicants are from 29 countries.

In addition to the winners, the names of six top finalists were announced:

  • Gabriel Black
  • Thor Gabrielson
  • Ember Jones
  • Kaitlyn Long
  • Danielle Santoro
  • Sarah Sasinowska

The Heinlein Society Scholarship Application Deadline 4/1/22

The Heinlein Society has opened its eleventh annual scholarship essay contest for the 2022-2023 academic year. Four $4,000 scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities —

  • Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship — Dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences.
  • The Robert A. Heinlein Scholarship, Yoji Kondo Scholarship and Jerry Pournelle Scholarship — May be awarded to a candidate of any gender; in addition, “Science Fiction as literature” is an eligible field of study.

The scholarships are open to residents of any country. The person’s major must be Engineering, Math, or Physical or Biological Sciences. Applicants will need to submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several available topics:

    • How Robert Heinlein influenced your career choice. What Heinlein writings would you use to illustrate how he sparked your interest in science and technology?
    • Biologist J.B.S. Haldane once wrote “I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” Find, discuss, and comment on one episode in your STEM field in the past 50 years that you find surprising.
    • Robert Heinlein said “The Age of Science has not yet opened.” Evaluate this statement compared to your technical field. Do you expect to see this golden age in your lifetime?
    • What are the structural, procedural, and operational limitations of computer simulations of which a practitioner or user must be acutely aware? Discuss with respect to your career field.
    • How might advances in your chosen field of study affect how people live 50 years from now? What changes, good and bad, might society see?

The deadline to apply is April 1. Full guidelines and the application form are on the Society’s website. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2021.

Previous scholarship winners who will still be attending college in the 2022-2023 academic year as undergraduates are eligible to apply again, but they must choose a different essay topic than previously.