Alyssa Hwang

Alyssa Hwang graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. Ever since she started pursuing neurobiological research using the earthworm to model different forms of spinal cord injury, Alyssa has been fascinated by the intricacies of modern technology. At Columbia Engineering, Alyssa hopes to combine her studies in engineering with research opportunities from the Egleston Scholars Program to further broaden her inspiration and knowledge.

Alyssa Hwang

Alyssa dedicated much of her high school experience to conducting science research and exploring public policy. The summer after sophomore year, she interned at the Neurophysiology Laboratory at New York University’s Langone Medical Center. She later published the details of her work with the Workshop for Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science in a paper entitled “A Novel Stimulus and Analysis System for Studying the Neural Mechanisms of Natural Language Processing in the Human Brain.” In the two years following this experience, Alyssa used the telemetric system to compare neural recordings from earthworm nerve cords. She was invited to speak at the International Neurorehabilitation Workshop in Valencia, Spain, as well as the World Congress on Neurorehabilitation in Philadelphia to share her findings on the impact of drugs and pressure on nerve cord waveforms. Alyssa explored public health and debate at the Junior State of America, where she served as Chapter President and Mid-Atlantic State Chief of Staff her senior year. She was also a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, National Finalist for the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship, and Morehead Cain Semifinalist. At Columbia, Alyssa is excited to pair her interests in public policy and engineering as she continues to pursue research opportunities.

Beyond academics, Alyssa loved competing as a two-year member of the Ethics Bowl Team, serving as president of Chamber Orchestra, and organizing trips to the Wanaque Rehabilitation Center as the founder and co-leader of Stitches for Strength. Alyssa’s favorite hobbies include knitting socks, reading mystery books, and playing Frisbee with friends.