Campus & Community

Candidate for Special Academic Recognition

Steven N. Schwartz, a student of Chemistry who will graduate with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, has been named Valedictorian of the Stevens Institute of Technology Class of 2011. Focused on synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry, Steven also has a minor in Literature. He will address his fellow graduates at the 2011 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 26, 2011.

Raised in Wayne, NJ, Steven is the first son of David and Lisa Schwartz. A year of graduations for the family, Steven’s younger brother, Daniel, will finish middle school this year.

Steven’s interest in Chemistry has spanned more than a decade. Through the Gifted & Talented Program, Steven was invited as a fourth grader to take a college-freshmen level Chemistry course at Montclair State University.

“During that course, I just knew Chemistry was the subject for me; I knew it would be my career,” Steven says. “Twelve years later, I still feel the exact same way.”

Initially drawn to Stevens by the vibrant intellectual environment and the top-notch research facilities, Steven also liked that the University afforded him the opportunity to obtain both his BS and MS in a four-year period and the proximity of campus to New York City. An active member of the community, Steven has served as the captain of the Graduate Genetics Team, a math and science tutor and has participated in the Computer and Console Gaming Society, the Stevens Choir and the Stute-Aires Chamber Choir. He is fluent in three languages – English, Spanish and Hebrew – and proficient in Arabic and Mandarin. He received the CRC Press Award for excellence in Chemistry in fall 2008, a national award that recognizes top students at the end of their first year of study.

He credits his coursework and his three years of Research Laboratory experience at Stevens as helping him get to where he is today. Steven states: “I’ve gotten so much out of working closely with my research advisor, Professor A.K. Ganguly, these last two years. That experience, plus working with Dr. C.H. Wang, has well-prepared me for a career in this field. I’d like to give credit to all the people who helped me during my time at Stevens, but the list would go on and on.”

In the fall, Steven will join Columbia University as a Faculty Fellow while pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry. He looks forward to a career in Chemistry research, but says he will always remember his time at Stevens fondly and plans to stay connected to his alma mater as he pursues his future goals.