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  • University Rector Prof. Haim Taitelbaum (far left), President Prof. Moshe Kaveh (center) and Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor to the President Motty Mishan (far right) with the Schupf Fellows

    Schupf Fellows Shine

    Date: 2012-11-28 Hour: 8:34

    Five Schupf Fellows, among Bar-Ilan University's finest doctoral students, met with Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Moshe to present details of the dissertations they're preparing in a variety of fields.

    The Mozes S. Schupf Fellowship Program provides outstanding students with a unique opportunity to complete their PhD in a shorter period of time than would otherwise be possible.  Alleviating the financial pressure experienced by doctoral students – many married with young children – the program was launched at Bar-Ilan in 1996.  Many former Schupf Fellows have joined the University's faculty.

    Schupf Fellow Adi Libson, of the Faculty of Law, is working on principles defining tax fairness under advisors Prof. Tsilly Dagan and Prof. Yitzhak Benbaji. 

    Schupf Fellow Snir Seri is a student in the Department of Physics, where he's working on two-dimensional conductivity between two insolating oxides, under the guidance of Prof. Lior Klein.  His wife is also a doctoral student in the Department.  Seri teaches courses about the Rambam and the Ramban in the framework of the University's "Sparks" Program in the Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies. 

    Schupf Fellows Shai Rosenberg and Yoshi Fargeon are working on their PhDs in the Zalman Shamir Department of Bible.  Shai's work is focusing on Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: education point of view as it appears in historic commentary and Fargeon is looking at lies and deceptions in Biblical narrative.  Gilad Halper, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, is conducting research on Crohn's disease.

    Prof. Kaveh, a physicist who himself conducted research at Cambridge University under the tutelage of Nobel Prize laureate Sir Nevill Mott, impressed upon the Schupf Fellows the importance of pursuing post-doctoral study abroad.  "Before your post you think you know everything.  After your post you realize you know nothing.   I understand the difficulty involved in uprooting your families, but there is great competition for faculty positions. There's no doubt that a post doctorate from abroad carries great weight, and those who've gained experience abroad have a better edge.  Israel is now in the midst of a brain drain, and we are fighting to bring the great minds who've left back home." 

    Addressing the Bible doctoral students, Rosenberg and Fargeon, University Rector Prof. Haim Taitelbaum added that many universities in the United States and Europe offer programs in Jewish studies of outstanding caliber.