Who are we?
The Columbia Science Review (CSR) is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to promoting scientific engagement and inquiry.
CSR's Editorial Board is centered around a bi-annual print publication as well as a regularly-updated blog,
both of which are widely recognized within the Columbia community for being vibrant, readable, and topical without sacrificing scientific rigor.
CSR's Executive Board is centered around organizing events and interdisciplinary projects that make science practical, accessible, and relevant to the perspectives of everyday society. Most recently, our COVID-19 Public Hub has sought to remedy the overload of scientific information caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming a source of concise scientific information that people are free to interact and engage with.
In the summer of 2004, CSR's founding Editors-in-Chief Daniel Tannenbaum and Nan Ma had a realization: though many science organizations existed at Columbia, none of them were specifically focused on bringing science and the general public closer together. Thus, CSR was created: a science publication for audiences of all backgrounds, with content that alleviated the jargon and technicalities that typically make science articles inherently difficult to understand.
While CSR may have started out as a small-scale student publication, it has since blossomed into a far larger initiative.
- In addition to its print publications, the CSR Editorial Board has expanded into the realm of online content, with frequent articles by staff writers published on the official CSR Blog.
- Soon after CSR's initial founding, an Executive Board was established to handle the event-planning aspects outside the scope of the Editorial Board. Over the years, we have hosted many interdisciplinary discussion panels and featured renowned keynote speakers such as Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie and Dr. William Hurlbut.
- In the spring of 2015, CSR's Executive Board began recruiting for a dedicated "Spread Science" Media Team to create professional-grade media for its events and tackle scientific accessibility through more creative means of communication, of which CSR's "Scientists In The Making" series on YouTube is just one example. More to come!