Frontiers of Science

Science Fellows

The Columbia Science Fellows Program

With the creation of Frontiers of Science, a new postdoctoral position was established for young scientists interested in developing their skills in both research and science education. These "Science Fellows" are instrumental in developing new course material. However, Science Fellow positions are not purely teaching appointments. Because one goal of Frontiers of Science is to expose students to the way scientists work and think, Science Fellows actively pursue their own research projects within their department. Yes, being a Science Fellow can certainly make for a busy life, but if you love to teach and don't want to give up research, this may be the perfect position for you!

Currently, there are twelve Science Fellows representing six science Departments at Columbia (Astronomy, Chemistry, DEES**, Biology, E3B*, and Physics). It is expected that roughly three-five of these positions will open each year.

Current Science Fellows

Katherine Brooks E3B* Investigating the evolution of social behavior in snapping shrimp.
Scott Dietrich Physics Investigates the electronic properties of graphene
Alex Lloyd DEES* Worked on the measurement of water in magmas and minerals and their application as chronometers for magma ascent during the explosive eruption of Volcán de Fuego in 1974. He currently continues his research on the timescales of igneous processes during explosive eruptions.
Tim Pennucci Astronomy His graduate research involved studies of exotic objects called pulsars, which are rotating neutron stars that are observed to "blink" like lighthouses. In particular, he has an interest in observations that use the stability of pulsars' rotations to perform high-precision experiments, such as those seeking to make the first detections of gravitational waves. As a Science Fellow in the Department of Astronomy, Tim continues his research with the nationwide NANOGrav collaboration on improving their experiment's sensitivity to gravitational waves
Belle Philibosian DEES* Looking for evidence of paleo-earthquakes in the Bangladesh/Shillong Plateau region.
Eric Raymer Physics Reasearch focuses on modeling the behavior of a newly discovered sub-class of binaries called Supergiant Fast X-ray Transients, in which X-ray flares are produced by a neutron star as it accretes material from its companion's stellar wind.
Mónica Rouco-Molina DEES* Research is focused on microbial oceanography
Abigail Sporer Biology Current research focuses on the regulation of pigment, antibiotic, and signaling molecule production in the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa and several other species of non-pathogenic soil bacteria

*E3B - Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
**DEES - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Past Science Fellow Experience - An Article by Robin McGary Herrnstein