Dr. Alison Williams is one example of many success stories. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Wesleyan University (1981), and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester(1983, 1989) in biophysical chemistry.
She has received many honors including a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer (2006-2008), and the Kathryn L. Morgan Award for Service to the Community from Swarthmore College (1996). In 1998, she was the recipient of the Lloyd N. Ferguson Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. She has taught at Swarthmore College, Wesleyan University, Rutgers University and Princeton University where she also served as an administrator. Her research interests focus on the physical chemistry of DNA with an emphasis on thermodynamic and spectroscopic studies. Recent presentations include "Time-Resolved UV Resonance Raman Studies of Polyriboadenylic acid and a DNA Dodecamer Containing an AnTn Tract" and "Measurements of the Preferential Interaction Parameter of Oligonucleotides as a Function of DNA Length: A Study of End Effects". She has been involved in national efforts to improve access to and diversity in the sciences. At Barnard she will be teaching Physical Chemistry, General Chemistry and the Integrated Chemistry Laboratory course.