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Lev Sviridov

College: City College
Awards: Rhodes Scholarship, 2005

Making Scholarship a Science

Lev A. Sviridov used his 2005 Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a master of science degree to conduct research in inorganic chemistry, focusing on the crystalline properties of aerosols. He received a D. Phil. in inorganic chemistry from Oxford University's New College. A chemistry major at The City College of New York, Sviridov had a strong interest in public and international affairs. While at City College, he had an exemplary academic record and was awarded a Goldwater Fellowship in Science. Sviridov was heavily involved in governance and public affairs, on and off campus, serving in undergraduate student government. At age 11, he came to New York City from Moscow with his mother, a journalist who fled Russia for political and security reasons. They spent some time homeless, and Sviridov learned English, in part, when he was playing softball in Central Park.