the Rhodes Again
Chiarelli 03 becomes Pomonas latest recipient of a Rhodes
Chiarellis father emigrated from Sicily to make a life in the United
States. Now Chiarelli 03 is traveling to Europe for the first time
for his own life-changing experience. Chiarelli is going to Oxford University
in England as Pomona Colleges latest Rhodes Scholar.
This is an amazing opportunity, says Chiarelli, a chemistry
major from Arizona who will do graduate work at Oxford in magnetic resonance
imaging and plans to make time to visit Sicily. I will get be a
part of, and learn from, an elite group of people. On top of that, I get
the opportunity to enrich myself in an academic atmosphere. And Ill
have experiences I wouldnt have if I were staying in the same country.
When he returns to the United States, Chiarelli plans to go to medical
school. He has already been accepted at both Harvard and Stanford universities.
Chiarelli is no stranger to honors and awards. He already holds a prestigious
Goldwater Scholarship to support his thesis research in developing spectroscopic
imaging techniques. He was awarded the 2003 Tileston Prize in Physics
and he has three major publications in chemistry.
Chiarelli credits Pomonas Chemistry Department with making the field
attractive and providing him with opportunities.
Ive had the intellectual freedom, before graduate school,
to make a contribution to knowledge, working on things no one has ever
done before, he says.
A key experience was his work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, which
he began after his freshman year at the invitation of Visiting Professor
Mal Johal. For the past three summers, Chiarelli has continued to work
on a team investigating nanophotonics, developing materials that can double
the frequency of laser light.
I love it here at Pomona, Chiarelli says. The environment,
the education, its all pretty incredible. I think I benefited here
much more than I would have in any other environment because of the attention
Chiarellis appreciation for Pomona College is mutual. According
to his academic advisor, Professor of Chemistry Cynthia Selassie, Peter
is an outstanding student and has been that way from the moment he came
into Pomona College. He has that curiosity and that passion for science.
Selassie was thrilled to hear Chiarelli was selected to be a Rhodes Scholar,
but she wasnt surprised. He clearly is in a league of his
own, she said.
Chiarelli is the 12th Pomona student to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Past
scholars are Martina Vandenberg, 1990; Andrew Richard Embick, 1972; Stephen
Schaffran, 1967; Kristoffer Kristofferson, 1958; Edward M. Taylor, 1956;
Frank G. Wells, 1953; James L. Steffensen, 1952; Alan Thornton, 1950;
Murray D. Kirkwood, 1933; David M. French, 1931; and Earle H. Kennard,
Deborah Haar Clark