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Milken Scholar 2018
Scholar Profile

Samantha O'Sullivan

Scientific Research


Samantha O’Sullivan graduated from Schools Without Walls Senior High School as a Presidential Scholar, Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient, Class President, and Valedictorian. Samantha is currently a Senior at Harvard College where she concentrates in Physics and African-American Studies. Samantha currently conducts condensed matter physics research in the Hoffman Group at Harvard where she investigates the atomic structure of high-temperature superconductors. Samatha is also the co-founder and President of the Harvard Generational African-American Students Association, which works to raise awareness of issues pertaining to the legacy of slavery.

High school:  School Without Walls Senior High School


College Year Degree
Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
2022 B.A. African American Studies
Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
2022 B.A. Physics

News and Highlights

Samantha O'Sullivan (MS '18)

Going Global: Congratulations to Samantha O’Sullivan, MS ’18, on being selected as a Rhodes Scholar! As a recipient of one of the most prestigious fully funded programs in the world, Samantha will pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy (DPhil) in Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford University. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Samantha conducted research in plasma physics, nanoscale systems, and astrophysics. Outside of the lab, she advocates for social justice, through her published work on how dress codes are biased against Black girls and she founded an organization that addresses issues tied to the legacy of slavery. There is no doubt Samantha will continue using her unique multidisciplinary lens to uplift communities and advance scientific discoveries for years to come.