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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Samuel Birrer
Thesis Title: Effects of Ionic Liquids on Nanoscale Ionomer Assembly
Thesis Department: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Student Major: Chemistry
Student Minor: Geology
Hometown: Succasunna, NJ
Dream/Goal: I would like to earn my doctorate in chemistry and start a career in research and higher education.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: For me, being a Robeson Scholar represents the idea that if the future does not lead me exactly where I expect this is an opportunity, and not necessarily a failure.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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