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Gloria Hwang '16

Gloria Hwang ’16


by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson

It takes drive, inspiration and leadership to launch a high-caliber student publication like Dickinson Science Magazine. For the magazine’s founder, Gloria Hwang ’16, the drive was instilled early in life, and the idea was sparked in the classroom during the fall of her sophomore year. By last spring, Gloria and her staff of student-editors and designers were ready to launch the first issue. Now, as they roll out the second issue, we take a moment to learn more about the entrepreneurial mind behind the magazine and find out who influences Gloria, and what are the two words on which she builds her leadership and success.


Biochemistry & molecular biology.

Clubs and organizations:

Dickinson Science Magazine (founder/editor-in-chief), Pre-Health Society (president), Wellness Living Community special-interest housing (house manager), Media Board, Alpha Lambda Delta and hospice volunteer.


Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship, John Patton Memorial Prize, Founders Scholarship, CRC General Chemistry Achievement Award and John E. Benson Handbook Award.

Favorite book:

Any C. S. Lewis book.

Favorite movie:

Blade Runner.

Favorite professors:

I’ve honestly loved all of my professors at Dickinson so far. A few of my favorites: my advisor, Professor of Chemistry David Crouch, Associate Professor of Biology Mary “Missy” Niblock, Professor of Mathematics David Richeson, and Professor of Religion Mara Donaldson. I am grateful for their support and dedication. 

Favorite class:

Missy Niblock’s Writing Science News class, because it helped me improve my writing skills and inspired me to bring a science magazine to Dickinson.

Favorite places on campus:

The Rector alcoves and the Tome computer labs.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Broccoli-cheddar soup.

Biggest influence:

My family, whom I love very much. My dad taught me how to work hard, my mom taught me how to be kind to others, and my sisters taught me how to have fun.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …

… Walt Disney. When I was younger, his movies taught me how to be creative and dream big. I would like to ask him how he was able to make a talking mouse one of the most popular icons of today.

Most important thing I’ve learned (so far):

That the two most important words are “thank you.” 

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Published January 8, 2015