Research News

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 …
Research in Education Policy Internship Announcement
March 30, 2023

The Education Research Section is announcing the Summer 2023 Research in Education Policy Internship. This full-time 7-week program, which will run from June 12-July 28 and is open to all Princeton undergraduates, will introduce interns to both quantitative and qualitative research in education through students assisting with ongoing Education…

Princeton Research Day Submissions Open!
March 30, 2023

The submissions portal opens March 30 for Princeton Research Day, an annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors that encourages students and early-career researchers to share their work in a way that connects with a general-interest audience.


Callie Zheng '24 Takes First Prize at APS Poster Session
March 28, 2023

Callie Zheng (CBE '24) recently won first place in the Division of Polymer Physics’ poster competition at the American Physics Society Conference this past March. As an Undergraduate Fund for Academic Conferences award recipient, Callie presented her work on solid-state refrigeration materials in conjunction with 128 other presenters, most…

Buzzer Beaters: Student Athletes Working on Theses During NCAA Tournaments
March 26, 2023

On the court and on the mat, they’re fully focused on their performances during the NCAA playoffs. Yet many of the Princeton athletes who’ve been in the spotlight at national tournaments this month have an extra buzzer to beat: completing a senior thesis, the capstone scholarly project that Princeton students produce before graduating.

University of Missouri 2023 Summer Research Program
March 20, 2023

The University of Missouri (MU) is hosting a new National Science Foundation REU Site centered on the scientific theme of Close Relationships.  This nine-week summer program (8 students per summer) is centered on the interdisciplinary, lifespan developmental, and diverse nature…

Congratulations to Austin Davis and Ella Gantman for Winning the 2023 Pyne Prize!
Feb. 25, 2023

Class of 2023 members Austin Davis and Ella Gantman are the co-winners of the Pyne Prize

Austin Davis is a history major who has made lasting contributions to…

Alumni Willow Dalehite and Ben Weissenbach awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Feb. 20, 2023

Congratulations to Princeton University alumni Willow Dalehite of the Class of 2022 and Bennett Weissenbach of the Class of 2020, who will head to the University of Cambridge in the fall as recipients of Gates Cambridge Scholarships. Dalehite and Weissenbach are among 23 U.S. winners of the scholarship.


Willow Dalehite …
Senior Aneesha Manocha Receives Kanders Churchill Scholarship for Science Policy
Feb. 14, 2023

Congratulations to senior Aneesha Manocha, who will be heading to Cambridge with a Kanders Churchill Scholarship for science policy!

The electrical and computer engineering major will pursue a master’s in public policy. She said she looks forward to learning how to communicate energy systems research effectively to policymakers,…

Princeton Science Writing Internship
Feb. 14, 2023

Interested in writing about scientific research at Princeton for a broader audience? Apply to be the Princeton University Office of the Dean's Research intern! Besides having responsibilities reading scientific papers to interviewing faculty, you will have various professional development opportunities in science journalism and research…

Yale Intercollegiate Symposium 2023
Feb. 13, 2023

The Yale Undergraduate Research Symposium (YURS) is hosting its intercollegiate symposium from April 15-16, 2023!

The symposium aims to support collaboration among various undergraduate populations and explore the intersection between research and liberal arts. There will be a poster board competition with cash prizes for winners…

Applications are Open for the Stanford Research Conference 2023!
Feb. 1, 2023

SRC is Stanford Undergraduate Research Association’s annual research conference that serves as a forum for undergraduates from all over the country to present their work, connect with other researchers, and hear from distinguished leaders in the research community. The tenth annual SRC will be held April 7 to 8, 2023 …

Summer Undergraduate Research Program - New York Blood Center
Jan. 18, 2023
NYBC Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Program Description 

Students selected to participate in the LFKRI-Summer Undergraduate…
Arielle Rivera: Lighting Puerto Rico's Energy Future
Jan. 12, 2023

When Hurricane Maria rocked the island of Puerto Rico in 2017, causing massive damage and long-lasting power outages for millions of people, Arielle Rivera saw a major problem that needed fixing. She and her immediate family, who live on the U.S. mainland, lost touch with several of their relatives on the island.

“We weren’t able to…

NIH Funded Research Opportunity for Spring 2023 Graduates
Jan. 9, 2023

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) opened its NIH-funded Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) application

PREP is a fantastic opportunity for students who will graduate this…