Princeton CBE senior Michal Kozlowski named a Schwarzman Scholar

Written by
Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Dec. 15, 2022

Princeton CBE senior Michal Kozlowski is one of five Princeton undergraduates to be named Schwarzman Scholars for 2023.

The Schwarzman Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living toward a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The other four Princeton winners are Class of 2023 members Benjamin Bograd, Kate Gross-Whitaker, Kanishkh Kanodia and Elisabeth Rülke. They are among 151 Schwarzman Scholars representing 36 countries and 121 universities. The scholars will enroll at Tsinghua University in August 2023 to pursue a master’s degree in global affairs.

The scholarship program was founded by Blackstone investment firm co-founder Stephen Schwarzman.

Kozlowski is from Tarrytown, New York. He is concentrating in chemical and biological engineering and is also pursuing a certificate in East Asian studies.

Prior to starting his first year at Princeton, he participated in the University’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program in China, where he taught English and developed an English curriculum for three schools specifically providing education for the children of migrant workers. He was also introduced to Chinese agriculture by working as a walnut farmer and nomadic yak herder in Yunnan Province.

Kozlowski engaged in tug of war with fierce facial expression

Michal Kozlowski, a top-10 ROTC cadet in the U.S. Army, has won a scholarship to study agriculture in China. He hopes to translate his knowledge of plant biology and engineering with his experience in the armed forces into a career in space exploration.

He currently studies in the lab of Jonathan Conway, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, focused on the plant microbiome, and wrote in his application that he aspires to be a part of the next agricultural revolution. “[A]ny global agricultural revolution will have to flow through the world’s superpowers, primarily China and the U.S. An opportunity to study as a Schwarzman Scholar will equip me with the political, economic and social knowledge necessary to lead collaborative agricultural initiatives between the U.S. and China.”

At Princeton, he has served as program director of Princeton’s U.S.-China Coalition. He is also an ROTC Army cadet, where he has been ranked No. 8 Cadet in the nation by U.S. Army Cadet Command, has received the Col. Robert L. McLean Class of 1952 Award twice and serves as co-captain of the Army Ranger Challenge team.

A member of Mathey College, he is also the co-founder of the Princeton Culinary Club and has served as co-president of the Princeton chapter of One for the World Charity.

Read about all five of Princeton's 2023 Schwarzman Scholars.