Research News

“It takes a village”: Princeton celebrates the second year of the Summer Research and Learning Village
June 17, 2024

Once again, Princeton University is hosting undergraduates from Princeton and other universities in the second year of its Summer Research and Learning Village, a program that enables students to live, learn, and socialize in a proximate community on campus.

In 2023, the program’s inaugural year, the Village, which was…

Accessible Satellite Tech in the Princeton TigerSats Lab
June 10, 2024

Now on the engineering site is a story about students and recent grads in Princeton's TigerSats lab, who have designed and built novel satellite systems involving sensing, communications, flight mechanics, and ground testing. Story by Molly Sharlach; photography by Tori Repp. 


Senior Amélie Lemay Researches Forever Chemicals
June 10, 2024

For her senior thesis, Amélie Lemay worked with Ian Bourg, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. She developed complex simulations of how PFAS molecules, a critical class of environmental contaminants, move and interact at the interface of water and air (Photo by Sameer Khan)…

Princeton Research Day Recap!
May 14, 2024

Want to relive the fun from PRD on May 9? Missed the event but would like to see what it was all about? Check out this recap article authored by Alaina O'Regan, which includes an incredible reel from the event created by Bumper DeJesus! 

Dance student Storm Stokes ’24 premieres choreographic project supported by Alex Adam ’07 Award
May 6, 2024

As a recipient of the Alex Adam ’07 Award, dance senior Storm Stokes spent the summer of 2023 pursuing movement research in L.A. and at international dance festivals in Italy, Germany, and Austria. Returning to campus, Stokes…

Art and artificial intelligence find their intersection in the work of Audrey Zhang
May 6, 2024

Art and Archaeology junior Audrey Zhang is pursuing a minor in Statistics and Machine Learning – and intersecting the worlds of art and AI in the process. For her independent work, Zhang fine-tuned a Stable Diffusion model using her own original artwork and found the neural network was surprisingly good at generating outputs…

Senior Shane Patrick receives Barry Scholarship for study at Oxford
April 19, 2024

Congratulations to senior Shane Patrick, who has been awarded the John and Daria Barry Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford!

Read more about his accomplishments here


Genrietta Churbanova selected as Princeton valedictorian, John Freeman named salutatorian
April 15, 2024

Genrietta Churbanova, an anthropology major from Little Rock, Arkansas, has been named the Princeton Class of 2024 valedictorian. John Freeman, a classics major from Chicago, has been selected as the salutatorian. 

Churbanova is deeply engaged in scholarship related to Chinese and Russian relations. In addition to her anthropology…

Ella Weber awarded Truman Scholarship for public service
April 12, 2024

Class of 2025 member and SPIA major Ella Weber has been awarded a Truman Scholarship for public service. Weber is from Crookston, Minnesota, and is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation. She plans to use the Truman Scholarship to earn a J.D. with a certificate in Indian and Tribal Law from the University of North Dakota…

HMEI Discovery Day - Tuesday, April 30, 2024
April 12, 2024

HMEI is hosting its eleventh annual HMEI Discovery Day on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Please take a…

Deadline Extended! Apply to the New Jersey Wind Institute Fellowship Program
April 8, 2024

The New Jersey Wind Institute Fellowship Program, sponsored by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, is a new opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to pursue research or projects focused on the offshore wind industry.

Novartis Science Scholars Program
March 22, 2024

The Novartis Science Scholarship recognizes the value of undergraduate research for science majors in developing skills and competencies beyond the classroom. By supporting students engaged in research, textbook and classroom lessons are reinforced. Scholarship recipients are offered a transformative experience. 

BD Advancing Healthcare Scholarship
March 22, 2024

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics, and the delivery of care. The BD Advancing Health Scholarship reflects what the company stands for and their purpose of "Helping all people live healthy lives." 

Scholarship recipients should demonstrate…

Four seniors awarded ReachOut 56-81-06 Fellowships for public service
March 22, 2024

Congratulations to Princeton University seniors Travis Kanoa Chai Andrade, Alison Parish, Meera Burghardt and Isabella Moscoe, who have been awarded fellowships from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that…

Nominate your grad student or postdoc mentor for an award!
March 20, 2024

The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting nominations for its inaugural 'Exemplar Mentor' awards for grad student and postdoc mentors! The awards will be presented at this spring's 'Centering Mentoring' Summit on 5/1/24 and involves a physical token of acknowledgement as well as a framed certificate…

Pyne Prize awarded to Princeton Class of 2024 members Casey Beidel and Brian Sheng-Kai Li
Feb. 22, 2024

Princeton University seniors Casey Beidel and Brian Sheng-Kai Li are the recipients of the 2024 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized at Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Pyne Honor Prize, established in 1921, is awarded to the senior who has…

Sachs Scholarships awarded to Alice McGuinness, Nathalie Verlinde and Jack Nunn
Feb. 16, 2024

Princeton seniors Alice McGuinness and Nathalie Verlinde and University of Oxford student Jack Nunn have been named recipients of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of…

Princeton’s world-class microscopes are making a giant impact in the realm of the minuscule
Feb. 12, 2024

Princeton scientists are peering into the smallest corners of matter using an exceptional collection of sophisticated microscopes — some so big they fill a room. These remarkable instruments have established the University as a world leader in microscopy and led to countless discoveries.

Read more…

Research Communications Internship
Feb. 4, 2024

The Office of the Dean for Research

s traditional science writing internship is broadening to become a Research Communications Internship, emphasizing the goal of communicating about exciting progress across all areas of academic research.

The focus is still on science and technology but will include topics across the…

Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity, Hudson Institute
Feb. 4, 2024

Hudson Institute Political Studies offers top undergraduates a Summer Fellowship in political theory and practice that broadens and deepens the understanding of public policy and American political principles. 

The Fellowship combines rigorous study of politics and political thought through week-long seminars led by master…

Haerther fellowship program prepares students to tackle society’s most challenging problems
Jan. 24, 2024

Learn more about the Keller Center's Haerther fellowship program, dedicated to bridging the gap between the liberal arts and engineering, through this feature of lecturer Alice Kogan's course last semester…

Lilianna Gittoes: Optimizing energy systems
Jan. 8, 2024

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment recently published a story highlighting Lilianna Gittoes, a senior undergraduate concentrating in operations research and financial engineering (ORFE).

Gittoes’ story is a testament to the transformative experiences offered at Princeton. While she entered the…

Sam Bisno '24 Receives Mitchell Scholarship
Dec. 20, 2023

Princeton Class of 2024 member Sam Bisno has been selected as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. This year, 12 students nationwide were awarded Mitchell Scholarships by the US-Ireland Alliance.

Read more about his accomplishment here.…

Three Princeton seniors and one alumnus have been named Schwarzman Scholars
Dec. 15, 2023

Three Princeton seniors and one alumnus have been named Schwarzman Scholars for 2024 and will receive a scholarship for a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The Princeton winners are:

Senior Genrietta Churbanova, an anthropology major who is also pursuing minors in Russian, East…
Strange origin of this week's dazzling meteor shower demystified by super-star undergrad
Dec. 15, 2023

The Geminid meteor shower will light up the sky this week, peaking Thursday night. 

Earlier this year, Princeton’s Wolf Cukier, an undergraduate and lead author on the paper, and Jamey Szalay, research scholar at the Princeton space physics lab, demystified the origin of these unusual meteoroids, finding that they were likely…

University of Missouri Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Dec. 1, 2023

Coordinated by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosts 50+ students from institutions across the nation. Interns in…

Apply to the Rutgers SURF Program!
Nov. 30, 2023

Gain research skills this summer as part of the Rutgers SURF program!

Info session: Dec 12th at 8 pm EST; You can register here!

Applications are due Feb 1st: 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) Applications are Open!
Nov. 30, 2023

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute is pleased to announce that applications for The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) are now open.

Applications OPEN for Stanford Research Conference 2024!
Nov. 30, 2023

SURA has officially opened applications for its annual Stanford Research Conference (SRC).

This event serves as a distinguished platform for undergraduates nationwide to showcase their research, foster connections with fellow researchers, and engage with esteemed leaders in the research community.

This year, SRC…

Sam Harshbarger '24 wins Rhodes Scholarship
Nov. 16, 2023

Congratulations to senior Sam Harshbarger, who has just won the Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship is a competitive fellowship only awarded to 32 U.S. scholars annually to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

At Princeton, Harshbarger is concentrating in history while also pursuing minors in…

Ilana Witten ’02 and Christina Kim ’11 Win Prestigious NIH Director’s Awards
Oct. 23, 2023

Ilana Witten, a professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and a Class of 2002 alumna, has been selected to receive a Director’s Pioneer Award from the National Institutes of Health. 

In addition, alumna Christina Kim of the Class of 2011 won a Director’s New Innovator prize. 

The awards are part of the…

Submit Your Research to the Tulane Journal!
Oct. 23, 2023

The Tulane Journal is an internationally recognized undergraduate publication focusing on original student research in politics, economics, and public health. Submitted articles are reviewed by a 50-person faculty-review panel, and those that are accepted are published in print and online. Previous editions have received…

HOUR: October Issue Live
Oct. 10, 2023

Interested in the latest research-related events, opportunities, and news - check out the October issue of Highlights from the Office of Undergraduate Research, and…

Apply for the Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium!
Oct. 5, 2023

Applications for the Johns Hopkins University’s fifth annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium are open now!

The Macksey Symposium brings together undergraduate students…

Princeton Students Impact Global Health
Sept. 17, 2023

This summer, Princeton University students took on some of the world’s most critical public health challenges – from fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, to curbing antimicrobial resistance and understanding the drivers of climate change. Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) sponsored 88 opportunities for students to pursue…

‘I shot her a follow on Twitter,’ and soon this Princeton senior was doing research alongside his econ idol
June 23, 2023

Before Professor Seema Jayachandran became Amichai Feit’s senior thesis advisor, Feit knew her as a famous development economist he followed on Twitter.

“I remember seeing a news story that she was hired at Princeton, and thought it was a really big deal,” he said. “So, I shot her a follow on Twitter.”

Flash forward several…

Thesis work analyzed air quality on the move
May 30, 2023

Jovan Aigbekaen, an electrical and computer engineering major, focused his senior thesis research on developing technology to improve mobile measurements of air quality and geolocating them to sites like highways, buildings, parking lots and green spaces.

By developing technology to sync images with air quality data, he hopes that…

Darius Rudasingwa Danza: Exploring new materials for carbon capture
May 25, 2023

Inquisitive by nature, Darius Rudasingwa Ganza, a rising senior studying chemical and biological engineering, has always been curious about the possibility of engineering new materials that could change the way the world works. “I’m always thinking to myself, ‘let me see what this or that idea is…

That flawed diamond could be a quantum physicist’s best friend
May 25, 2023

Senior Elisabeth Rülke has spent the past year using lasers and flawed diamonds — tiny wafers of diamond with flaws the size of a single atom — to develop a quantum sensor.

Unlike quantum computers, which are still more theoretical than practical, quantum sensors are already in use. Rülke and her adviser, quantum physicist 

An English major bound for med school? There’s a thesis topic for that.
May 25, 2023

Rachel Sturley — an English major who has also completed all her required pre-med coursework — focused her senior thesis on how writers and artists at the turn of the 20th century portrayed their own experiences with illness on the page and on the canvas.

Sturley paved the runway toward her senior thesis — and conquered those pre-med…

Four Undergraduates Named Goldwater Scholars
May 10, 2023

Princeton undergraduates Victoria Graf, Amélie Lemay, Arya Maheshwari and Reha Mathur have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, an annual award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The four are among the 413&nbsp…

Fellowship Opportunity on Wind Projects in New Jersey for the Class of 2025
May 3, 2023

Princeton has joined the New Jersey Wind Institute Fellowship Program to support student projects related to offshore wind. The year-long fellowship program will support four student research or other creative projects…

Apply to be a McGraw ODOC STEM Learning Fellow!
April 24, 2023

2022 and 2023 graduates: Apply now for two new entry-level ODOC STEM Learning Fellow positions in the McGraw Center’s undergraduate program! 


These are full-time, STEM tutoring-focused positions starting…

Senior Sydnae Taylor Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
April 16, 2023

Princeton University senior  Sydnae Taylor has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The awards give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.


Taylor is from Kingston, Jamaica. She is a concentrator in medical anthropology…

Junior Mirabella Smith Awarded Beinecke Scholarship
April 14, 2023

Princeton junior Mirabella Smith has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, which supports highly motivated students with exceptional promise to pursue Ph.D.s or other postgraduate degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences.


Smith, of Lake Elsinore, California, is a politics concentrator who is also pursuing…

Enroll in a Sophomore Research Seminar
April 13, 2023

The Sophomore Research Seminars are specially designed to give sophomores the opportunity to explore disciplinary ways of knowing and the practical work of scholarship as they prepare to select their major. Students participating in this yearlong, single-credit course (paced at half the usual intensity) benefit from a close community of twelve…

Jalen Travis Awarded Truman Scholarship for Public Service
April 12, 2023

Jalen Travis, a member of the Class of 2024, has been awarded a Truman Scholarship, which provides recipients with up to $30,000 toward graduate school along with professional development opportunities to prepare for careers in public service.


Travis, of Minneapolis, is an anthropology concentrator who is also…

Princeton Research Day offers eclectic tour of research and creativity
April 12, 2023

As a hub for groundbreaking research and creativity, Princeton University’s campus is bustling with fresh and innovative ideas. Princeton Research Day is an annual opportunity for Princeton students, staff, faculty as well as the public to get an interactive look at a…

Richard Zhu '23 studying different aspects of machine learning
April 3, 2023

Richard Zhu, age 21, Class of 2023

Zhu is a senior in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. He is pursuing three undergraduate certificates, 

Research Day Roadshow! Apr. 3-14
April 1, 2023

Why should YOU present at Princeton Research Day? Come by our tabling events located in Frist (100-level) and the residential colleges. Leave with a list of reasons why you should present & some PRD swag. 

Frist: First 20 visitors get free Boba! Spin the wheel for cool swag!

April 4th, 2:00-4:00 …