Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity

The goal of the RCSS at Columbia University is to bring together students and faculty around issues involving science, service, and subjectivity.

To learn more, contact Dr. Robert Pollack.

Recent Updates from the RCSS

Film Screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (November 28th, 2018)


CPLS GU4320: Marginalization in Medicine

RCSS Intern Colloquium (November 15th, 2018)


F&C College Mentors Needed

Freedom and Citizenship, the community outreach program run by the Center for American Studies, is seeking college mentors for its high school class of 2018. These bright young students are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college and they need your help getting there. Studies show that individual mentoring to low-income students can substantially increase their number of college applications and acceptances and improve their chances of getting into the best-matched school for their academic level.

Volunteers meet 1-2 times per week with their students for up to 4 hours total per week from October through December. Hours are flexible. No experience needed, just time, passion, commitment, and some decent writing skills. Please see the attached flyer for more information and volunteer application forms. The deadline for applications has been extended until we can fill all our slots but please sign up today so we can start matching our students immediately! Email Jessica Lee ( with any questions.

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RCSS Journal, Volume 1 (2016-2017)

Editor-in-Chief: Netana Markovitz

The journal is a platform where RCSS affiliates (students, faculty, etc.) can contribute essays, reflective in nature. The journal provides a forum for Columbia affiliates to share and discuss their experiences with science, service, and subjectivity. The journal publishes student, faculty, and affiliate reflections, papers, research articles, and other relevant material, such as visual art and other forms of expression. Inspired by the philosophy and supported by the administration of the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity, the journal seeks to provide a student-run extension of this research cluster that is open to members of the entire Columbia community. The journal serves as an extension of student's experiences volunteering at Terence Cardinal Cooke as well.

Read the RCSS Journal, Volume 1 »

RCSS Journal

"We Are Columbia" by Samia Abedin

RCSS Intern, Samia Abedin, created a video "We are Columbia" for her final presentation for CC where she was tasked to better her Columbia Community through the lens of the course's readings. She approached the assignment with the idea that stories and narrations are the common ground that allow people to communicate, form communications, empathize, and grow. She approached students on Low Steps and asked them to answer one question: What defines you. Their unique answers come together in a video, which reaffirms: We are Columbia.

Learn More About Samia's Project »

Samia Abedin

A Lecture by Nobel Laureate and Columbia Neuroscience Professor, Dr. Eric Kandel

On Monday evening, April 24th, hundreds of people filed in to a large auditorium in the International Affairs Building for the RCSS's largest event of the year: a lecture by Nobel Laureate and Columbia neuroscience professor, Dr. Eric Kandel. Dr. Kandel discussed his latest book, Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures, in which he argues that both science and art employ reductionism to arrive at higher truths, drawing on examples from his own research and 20th-century abstract expressionists painters. Dr. Robert Pollack introduced Leeza Hirt, the student who organized the program, who then introduced Dr. Kandel.

Dr. Eric Kandel

The Passing of Harvey Kreuger

Harvey Mark Krueger (pictured left) died peacefully at home on April 23, 2017. We are at a loss for our RCSS mentor and we are sending our condolences to the Krueger family.

Harvey Krueger and Robert Pollack