Mollie Schwartz

Mollie Schwartz(2004)


Columbia College, Columbia University, BA May 2009 in Chemical

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2008 Goldwater Scholar; 2009 Rhodes Scholar Finalist; Phi
Beta Kappa; Dean’s List
Schwartz, M.E. and Solomon, T.H. “Reaction Fronts in Ordered and Disordered Cellular Flows with Opposing Winds.” Physical
Letters 100, 028302 (2008).
E.A. Henriksen, Z. Jiang, L.C. Tung, M.E. Schwartz, M. Takita, Y.J.Wang, P. Kim, and H. L. Stormer. “Cyclotron Resonance in
Graphene.” Physical Review Letters 100 (8), 087408 (2008).
L.M. Beauvilliers, M.E. Schwartz, M.S. Paoletti and T.H. Solomon. “Chaotic Mixing and Reaction Dynamics in a Chain of
Proceedings of the International Conference on Nonlinear Science and Complexity (NSC08, 2008).
T.H. Solomon, M.S. Paoletti and M.E. Schwartz. “Experimental Studies of Advection-Reaction-Diffusion Systems.” Proceedings of
Chaos, Complexity and Transport (CCT07) conference, Marseilles, France (2007).
Z. Jiang, E.A. Henriksen, L.C. Tung, Y.J. Wang, M.E. Schwartz, M.Y Han, P. Kim, and H.L. Stormer. “Infrared Spectroscopy of
Levels of Graphene.” Physical Review Letters 98, 197403 (2007).


PGSS, quite simply, turned me into a scientist. Like many bright young students, I spent my time in high school interested ineverything: on any given day, I planned to be a human rights lawyer, a professional musician, a martial artist, a scientist, a rabbi, or the President, with no clear preferences and no real mechanism for choosing. At PGSS, though, I got to work in a lab. Until this point, science had been equations, derivations and puzzles: an interesting mind game, but not more. In the lab, however, science came alive. I loved getting my hands dirty in the pursuit new scientific knowledge, and I especially loved doing so in the company of other excited young scientists. PGSS showed me that the life of a scientist is intellectually vigorous, physically tactile, and socially rich. Real lab experience is almost impossible to get as a high-school student, especially in more rural parts of Pennsylvania. It breaks my heart that young Pennsylvanians will not get to experience the vitality of science the way I did.