As many of you who are reading this probably know, the Hertz Foundation offers generous fellowships in science and engineering. A few days ago, I received an e-mail from the Hertz foundation congratulating me on advancing to the interview portion of fellowship selection process and asking me to call the foundation today. I called the 1-800 number and was asked who was calling and who I was looking for. I stated my name and waited while the woman on the other end rifled through applicant’s files. “Oh! Elizabeth! I remember your application. We really liked it here in the office,” she said. She then informed me that the woman I was seeking was busy and asked me to call back later.
After a few hours of one-way phone tag (it’s impossible to have them call me at the South Pole unless I sit next to a specific phone all day), I finally got in touch with the woman who e-mailed me. “I just got out of a meeting about you,” she said. “Unfortunately, we need to finish first round interviews by the end of January, and you won’t be back from the South Pole until the end of February. We’re going to have to ask you to re-apply next year. I’m really sorry dear, we were all rooting for you here in the office. You were one of our favorites.”
Needless to say, I have mixed feelings about this. I’m really excited that they like me, but I’m kind of depressed that despite that fact I have no chance at all of getting the fellowship this year. I thought I was done filling out fellowship applications for graduate school, but it looks like I’ll be filling out one more.