Richard Nederlander is a junior in Columbia College (’18) and is a double major in Astrophysics and Music. He finds inspiration from scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan. He also enjoys playing piano and percussion, reading The New York Times and The New Yorker, and listening to classical music. In addition, he has completed research as part of the Columbia VERITAS team, and is currently working in astrobiology.
Vice President and Historian:
Marcelina Puc (’19) is a sophomore year in Columbia College majoring in Biochemistry with a concentration in anthropology. She is interested in becoming a pediatric surgeon while conducting medical research on the side. She loves dancing jazz and ballet while also training kickboxing. She is passionate and ambitious and lives by the motto “Fate favors the brave” Virgil.
Noah Goss is a sophomore in Columbia College (’19) planning to major in either physics or astrophysics. He is an enthusiastic Ohio sports fan, who also loves literature, movies, playing basketball, and listening to all kinds of music, especially rap, classic rock, indie, and jazz. An avid watcher of television series, he is more than happy to engage in conversations about Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, or Silicon Valley. In the near future, he hopes to get involved in research delving into the mysteries of our universe.
Keefe Mitman is a sophomore at Columbia College (’19) and is a prospective Mathematics and Physics double major. He is particularly interested in the roles of gravity in relation to quantum mechanics and discovering a grand unified theory. After graduating from Columbia University, he hopes to go on to graduate school, earn his PhD, and enter academia. On campus, Keefe is the Hiking president of Columbia’s Outdoor Orientation Program, a tutor for One-to-One tutoring, and a devout member of Columbia’s Society of Physics Students. Other interests include particle physics research, exploring New York City, and sunset walks.
Marcel Dupont is a freshman in Columbia College (’20) studying Biochemistry. On campus, he is a health educator for PHE and works in the Stockwell Lab researching small-molecule inhibitors for use in Glioblastoma multiforme. In high school, he did research in an RNA lab at the University of Chicago. His passions are aviation, birds, and table tennis. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research.
Director of Philanthropy:
Ayesha Chhugani is freshman in SEAS (‘20) and is hoping to major in Financial Engineering with a possible concentration in Computer Science. On campus, Ayesha is also part of CU INFORMS and Club Tennis. Beyond her interests in science, she is interested in foreign affairs, entrepreneurship, exploring restaurants with her friends, and watching reality TV shows. In the near future, she hopes to get involved in research on campus under the Center for Financial Engineering.
Organizational Committee Members:
Jennifer Fan is a junior in Columbia College (’18) majoring in Financial Economics and Visual Arts. Outside of her studies and in addition to painting and drawing, she enjoys listening to music, swimming, and traveling to different cities with family and friends. In the future, she hopes to travel to Europe and visit the Louvre in Paris, France.
Catherine Zhang is a junior in Columbia College (’18), majoring in Biology and concentrating in Environmental Science. After graduating from Columbia, she wants to get her PhD in biology and go into academia. She enjoys morning Trader Joe’s runs, traveling, and watching 30 Rock.
Aunoy Poddar is a sophomore at Columbia College (’19) majoring in Biology, and minoring in Computer Science and Philosophy. He is a die hard Immanuel Kant and Golden State Warriors fan and is 100% sure he will be a surgeon one day. His personal role model is the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi. Aunoy’s favorite musical artist is Chance and cannot stand contemporary abstract art, settling for impressionism instead. He is also an I.I. Rabi Scholar and has conducted cancer research at Columbia and Stanford University, and is currently working with C.R.I.S.P.R – Cas -9.
Oliver J. Wang is currently a freshman in Columbia College studying Physics and Economics. Though he’s not sure what he wants to do in the future, in the past, he has done research in the fields of molecular biology, astrophysics, and particle physics. He joined CSR with the hopes of spreading awareness of the impact of science, and getting more students around the community engaged with the science research being conducted on campus. He is currently an Organizational Committee Member (OCM) on CSR, and is in the process of planning several exciting activities down the road!
Winni Yang is an enthusiastic, dedicated, and motivated pre-medical student intending on becoming a future pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon. She is currently a first-year in Columbia College pursuing a degree in biochemistry and philosophy. In the past, she has been involved in numerous research and clinical experiences that have enriched her knowledge in medicine as well as sparked her passion in healthcare. She currently enjoys working for Columbia University’s volunteer ambulance corps and serving her own community. She is also involved in Columbia’s Red Cross Club where she serves as the Blood Drive Coordinator. During her free time, she enjoys playing classical music on the piano (especially Chopin and Rachmaninoff), listening to music, attending music festivals and concerts, jogging around the neighborhood, going on spontaneous food adventures in New York City, and spending quiet mornings reading at odd locations with a cup of coffee in hand.