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Shoucheng Zhang


Shoucheng Zhang (1963 – 2018) was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to Germany and the United States to pursue his dream of studying physics. For 25 years, he was a theoretical physics professor at Stanford University specializing in condensed matter physics. Shoucheng and his collaborators made key advances in the theory and discovery of topological insulators, for which Shoucheng was awarded the Dirac Medal and Prize in 2012, the Physics Frontiers Prize in 2013, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 2015.

In memory of Shoucheng, his family continues to carry on his legacy of promoting physics and nurturing a young generation of scientists. Through partnering with Elevate Tutoring, the Zhang family is excited to invest in the educational dreams of young minds across the Bay Area.

Shoucheng Zhang Fellows

Shoucheng Zhang Fellows are first generation college students majoring in physics, engineering, or a related discipline.

2023-2024 Fellows


Kimberly Herrera 

  • UC Berkeley

  • Major: Mathematics


Niklas Feil-Haw

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: Physics, Philosophy

  • MinorBusiness​

2022 Fellows


Alexis Bautisita

  • San Jose State University

  • Major: Physics


Kate Duong

  • UC Berkeley 

  • Major: Electrical Engineering

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