Clara Victorio, a graduating senior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, is one of two Fordham students who were recently awarded a Goldwater Scholarship—the nation’s most prestigious award for students entering STEM research careers. Victorio is a chemistry student in Fordham’s 3-2 cooperative program in engineering who will have earned one bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fordham and a second bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in chemical engineering by 2025. Victorio plans to pursue her Ph.D. in chemical engineering and develop new ways to treat human diseases. 

In the video above, Victorio explains the research she’s conducting with her Fordham mentor, Nicholas Sawyer, Ph.D., and talks about how Fordham has helped her grow as a scientist.

Remember, on the evening of May 18, New York’s Empire State Building will be illuminated in Fordham maroon for our graduates.


Taylor is a visual storytelling strategist in Fordham University's marketing and communications department, where she documents University life through photography and video. Since joining Fordham in 2018, she has served as a writer, photographer, videographer, and social media manager, dividing her time between University Marketing and Communications and the Office of the President. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Stony Brook University's School of Communication and Journalism and her master's degree in public media from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared on NPR, NBC New York, and amNewYork METRO.