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Columbia College Science Scholars to Present Research

Monday, September 19, 2011

Columbia College Rabi Scholars spent the summer of 2011 conducting extraordinary research in mathematics and the natural and physical sciences at Columbia and at other universities around the world. On Friday, these young scientists will present their work at the Sixth Annual Rabi Scholars Program Science Research Symposium.

The Rabi Scholars Program provides Columbia College science students the opportunity to develop their ideas and skills through research and faculty mentorship. The program was founded in 1989 by Columbia College and Columbia science faculty in memory of Professor I.I. Rabi, who the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physics. The goal is to support and encourage young scientists by providing research opportunities during students' undergraduate careers.

Rabi scholars are recruited into the program when they apply to the College, based on their interest in science and their science research activities in high school. They are selected by the Rabi Faculty Committee because of their potential contributions to science during and after their time at Columbia. There are 40 Rabi Scholars, including first-year students.

On Friday, 25 students, ranging from first-years to seniors, will present their work in poster format at the annual research symposium. This year’s topics include the electronic properties of graphene, a carbon allotrope that exhibits curious electronic properties; the St. Petersburg Paradox, a game theory problem famous for having no numerical solution; the effect of bioglass particle size on cell behavior; the phenomenon of single molecule conductance; antimicrobial photodynamic therapy; high-energy neutrino spectra; super string theory; virus classification; quantum chromodynamics; and the use of confocal fluorescence microscopy.

The symposium will take place on Friday, September 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Satow Room of Lerner Hall.  All are welcome. 

Click here to find out more about the Rabi Scholars Program and the Rabi Scholars' research topics.