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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014
Senior Thesis Title Video Still

The senior thesis is a defining moment in the lives of many Princeton seniors. In this video, Valerie Smith, Dean of the College from 2011-2015,  talks about the importance of independent work and graduating seniors reflect on their thesis journeys.

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014
Photo of Maura O' Brien

A video documenting Maura O'Brien's senior thesis in art and archeology follows her as she works with wood and paint.

Posted: Monday, June 22, 2015
Eamon Foley '15.

From studying the culture of war to creating a theater piece featuring aerial choreography, Eamon Foley's senior year at Princeton allowed him to experiment with and execute many of the ideas that had interested him for years. For his theater thesis, Foley blended his academic studies with his professional experience as a performer to create an original theater-dance piece titled "Hero."

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016
Tracy K. Smith and Alec Lowman '16. Image courtesy of the Offices of Annual Giving and Development Communications.

The senior thesis is helping Alec Lowman ’16 find a sense of himself in the world as an artist, says Professor Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing—and it inspires her.

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018

At a Sunday afternoon performance of “Trailing Rhiannon” this spring, Emma Watkins of the Class of 2018 sat atop the balcony of the Wallace Theater, anxiously watching the performance.

Stories - Class of 2020

Johns Hopkins Macksey Symposium
Posted: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Students! Apply for Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. This will be a new annual two-day event at the main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. The event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and the application portal is now open

 

This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. JHU will also be offering a select number of travel grants to help students afford participation. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), there will also be a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring graduate students and faculty in JHU's humanities departments and centers. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend.

 

You can learn more at the conference site: https://krieger.jhu.edu/macksey-symposium/.

The 12th annual International Eye Photo Contest is now open!
Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020

Calling all world travelers! You are invited to enter the 12th annual International Eye Photo ContestThe deadline for submission is February 7, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?

All Princeton undergraduates who have studied, worked, volunteered or conducted research abroad in the past year are eligible and may submit a total of four (4) photos. 

Photo Categories

  • Abstraction 
  • Architecture/Cityscape
  • Landscape/Nature 
  • People 

Special Categories

  • A Window on Eurasia 
  • Every Picture Tells a Story (New for 2020!)
  • PIIRS Global Seminar
  • Tigers Abroad

Prizes

  • Best in Show ($100)
  • Best in Category ($50)
  • Honorable Mention(s)

The International Eye Photo Contest is sponsored by the Office of International Programs in collaboration with the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. A reception will be held in mid-March to celebrate the winners.

Learn more about the International Eye Photo Contest and enter here!

 

Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA

June 21 – August 28, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 3, 2020

 

The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research experiences at 13 institutions across the country for students interested in pursuing Ph.D.’s and, eventually, a career in science. Students interested in summer research in any area of biomedical science, chemistry, bioengineering or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.

 

During the summer of 2020, UCLA will host 16 Amgen Scholars: 3 undergraduates from UCLA and 13 from other U.S. colleges and universities.  Amgen Scholars will participate in research projects, attend scientific seminars, and work under some of the nation’s top academic scientists.  The Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA also includes a $4000 stipend, housing and some meals provided, a three-day Biotechnology Conference in Los Angeles, GRE preparation course, luncheons with faculty, workshops, scientific writing instruction, seminars, and poster presentations.

 

Eligibility:

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (international students are ineligible, but are welcome to consider the Asia Program)
  • Undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories.
  • Sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), juniors and non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate experience).
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above.
  • Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or joint M.D./Ph.D.

 

Application Deadline for Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA: Monday, February 3, 2020.

Website: http://sciences.ugresearch.ucla.edu/programs-and-scholarships/amgen-scholars/

 

U.S. Amgen Scholars Program

To learn more about all thirteen U.S. Amgen Scholars Program host institutions and the Japan Program visit: http://www.amgenscholars.com

 

Program e-Flyer: U.S. Program flyer

 

STEM Leads: Careers/Research/Internships
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Here is the Center for Career Development's weekly compilation of research events, opportunities, and positions, as advertised through Handshake. Click here for additional Career Development tools/resources. Feel free to contact the Center for Career Development if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed below or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you have other questions about doing research.

 

PRINCETON-SPECIFIC OPPORTUNITIES 

Research Assistant, Wainger Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital

Alumnus Brian Wainger’s vibrant group applies biological, physiological and computational tools to understand and identify new treatments for motor and sensory neuron diseases. Lab seeks motivated and enthusiastic research assistant with experience in molecular biology (esp. stem cell bio) to support preclinical studies related to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and pain.

RESEARCH POSITIONS

Early Career Research Experience in Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), this is a unique opportunity to advance your early stage concept to a potentially commercialize-able opportunity with support from mentors at the UAF and at a participating DOE National Laboratory. Apply by January 27, 2020.

 

Research Assistant I, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Brookline, MA

Lab conducts clinical and translational research on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Work with investigators to coordinate subject recruitment, clinical data and sample collection, study related communications, and IRB submissions. 

 

Marshall University Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)

9-week summer program includes formal research training as well as workshops, seminars, mentoring and professional networking. Open to students who identify within an underrepresented ethnic minority group in the biomedical sciences. Apply by February 7, 2020.

 

Harvard Business School Summer Program for Research in Markets & Organizations (PRIMO)

10-week summer program for undergrads inspired by and committed to excellence in management and business research. Includes housing, partial board plan, modest research support, and coverage of summer savings obligations for fin’l aid recipients. Due 12pm 2/11.

 

Georgetown University School of Medicine Summer Research (for current sophomores and juniors)

Join a cohort of fellows for the 2020 Dean for Medical Education's Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) program. Includes stipend and housing, and possible travel assistance. Deadline to apply is February 26, 2020.

 

Summer Research at Stanford University’s Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM)

Contribute to cutting-edge projects in one of these research areas: Pervasive Computing in Healthcare, Large-scale Multi-omics Apps., Security & Privacy, Data Management, AI/ML in Biology and Healthcare, Performance Engineering. Apply by 12pm PST March 1, 2020.

Summer Research Program at Harvard Business School
Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020

Harvard Business School's The Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) is a highly selective 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with HBS faculty. The Program seeks to create a diverse group of Fellows including but not limited to women and underrepresented minorities who are inspired by and are committed to pursuing excellence in business research. 

 

The program is open to students from any American undergraduate institution who may be considering doctoral studies. Summer 2020 will be the tenth year for this research experience program, which has been designed to stimulate community and creativity among a small group of motivated undergraduates. PRIMO will run from June 8 - August 15, 2020, and offers fellows Harvard campus housing, a partial board plan, modest research support, and coverage of summer savings obligations for financial aid recipients.

The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, February 11th at 12:00 pm EST.

 

Stories - Class of 2019

Princeton Research Day Explores the Research Process Across Disciplines
Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019

 

Say the word “research,” and the first images that come to mind might be a test tube, a microchip, or a laser and safety goggles.

But at the fourth annual Princeton Research Day, the sciences and engineering will share center stage with research on topics such as 17th-century Italian keyboard music, reflections on the musical “Legally Blonde” and a supernova illustrated by dance.

Princeton Research Day starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Frist Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Princeton Research Day embraces the liberal arts philosophy of the University by bringing together ideas from different fields,” said Karla Ewalt, associate dean for research. “Creativity and inspiration develop when we move beyond our own perspective to see things through a new lens.”

There will be 10 arts presentations, the most thus far at Princeton Research Day, that will illustrate how the arts intersect with research. “By featuring the arts this year, we want to expand the view of research to explicitly include all types of creative and intellectual endeavors that help us appreciate humanity and understand our world,” said Ewalt.

The day will include more than 200 students and early-career researchers presenting from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, arts and humanities. Some participants will give 10-minute talks with a digital presentation or performance. Others will give a 90-second pitch, and many will present posters or exhibits, which will be on display on the main floor of Frist.

Click here to read more.

STEM Leads Research Opportunities
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019

Here is the Center for Career Development's weekly compilation of research positions, as advertised through Handshake. Click here for additional Career Development tools/resources. Feel free to contact the Center for Career Development if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed below or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you have other questions about doing research.

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS:

Research Assistant – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Apply by 10/14/19. Investigate the role of the MYCN oncogene in regulating inflammatory signaling and the immune response in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma using cell and molecular biology techniques including cell culture, qPCR, western blotting, and gene modification using CRISPR, among others.

 

Full-time Research Assistant – Booth School of Business – University of Chicago

Apply by 10/29/19. Princeton Professor Owen Zidar and U. Chicago Professor Eric Zwick seek 2 highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time RAs for a period of two years, entailing close collaboration on new and ongoing empirical projects in applied microeconomics and public policy.

Rachel Jackson ’11 Works to Tackle Labor Abuses
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Courtesy Rachel Jackson '11

Earlier this year, a new nonprofit dedicated to eradicating human and environmental abuses in company supply chains succeeded where investigative journalists have often failed.

Transparentem forced a number of major Western brands, including Target, Nike, and Fruit of the Loom, to act on fresh evidence of labor abuses in their Malaysian apparel factories.

The nonprofit did so by taking an effective new tack. Transparentem asked the companies privately first about what it had uncovered, instead of rushing to shame them in the press, The Guardian noted in June. The result was companies committing to real change at the factories, rather than quickly severing ties with them.

One of the people helping pioneer this strategy at Transparentem is the nonprofit’s operations chief Rachel Jackson ’11. And it was at Princeton that Jackson, an Amherst, Mass., native, first became interested in finding more effective ways to bring about change.

 

Click here to read more.

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019
NCRC

The Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) invites undergraduate students at Princeton University to attend the National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) held at Harvard University on January 24-26, 2020. 

NCRC is a large-scale, multidisciplinary forum held annually at Harvard University, where the most accomplished undergraduate students from across the United States and internationally convene each year to share their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  The core vision behind this conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world’s leading authorities in academia, policy, and industry, as well as to foster important exchanges and dialogue between students. Last year, after being selected through a competitive application process, over 200 participants from nearly 75 universities across America and abroad attended this conference. NCRC hopes to expand the perspective of undergraduate researchers through offering exposure to diverse fields and to facilitate the discourse on collaboration, leadership, and social impact in research that will be invaluable in future pursuits. 

In the last five years, NCRC has been honored to host speakers including Marcia K. McNutt (President of the National Academy of Sciences and former Editor-in-Chief of Science), Jeffrey D. Sachs (American economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia), Harold Varmus (former director of NIH and Nobel Prize Laureate), Gina McCarthy (former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency), Stephen Wolfram (founder and CEO of Wolfram Research), Vivek Murthy (Former Surgeon General) as well as many other notable individuals in academia, policy, and industry. NCRC anticipates expanding its reach to even greater heights for our upcoming 2020 conference.

Apply now!! The application deadline for general applications is December 1st, 2019 (11:59PM EST). 

For the application and further information click here:  http://ncrc.hcura.org/.  

 

A delicate balance: Student films examine needs of humans and wildlife in Kenya
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Video still by Nicolas Chae, Ingrid Koester, Maende J, and Lauren Olson

Students in the Global Seminar “Documentary Filmmaking in Kenya: Visual Storytelling on Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation” made five short films as part of the summer course based at the Mpala Research Centre. In the summer of 2019, a group of Princeton undergraduates embarked on a six-week Global Seminar in central Kenya, studying ecology and conservation as well as filmmaking fundamentals with Princeton faculty and other renowned instructors.

In teams, the students — many with no previous film experience — produced their documentaries while working in the field alongside faculty, Mpala scientists and researchers, and local residents. Each team included a Kenyan undergraduate, giving students from both countries the chance to work with and learn from collaborators from another culture.

View the student films in this YouTube Playlist or Vimeo Showcase.

Click here to read more.

STEM Leads Research Opportunities
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2019
Photo from QSURE web page

Here is the Center for Career Development's weekly compilation of research events, opportunities, and positions, as advertised through Handshake. Click here for additional Career Development tools/resources. Feel free to contact the Center for Career Development if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed below or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you have other questions about doing research.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Nuclear Engineering Webinar

Event Date: 10/23/19, 9am-10:30am. Faculty and graduate students will provide an overview of their PhD programs and discuss their research and life as graduate students at RPI. Learn about the application process – and have your application fee waived for attending the webinar!

 

U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science Virtual Career Fair

Event Date 10/24/19, 12pm-3pm. Chat with recruiters, scientists, and researchers; Explore information about each lab/facility; Learn more about the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program at several participating Department of Energy labs/facilities.

 

INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES 

Data Engineer/Collateral Analyst – Bayview Asset Management

Joining the research team which develops and implements statistical models for the valuation of mortgage assets. This role will be to develop, maintain, and enhance the various databases used within the Research group, and to also make the monthly data loading processes more efficient.

 

Associate Electrical Engineer – Northrop Grumman

Defense Electronic Business Unit. Work in Sensors and Algorithms & RF Technology: Research, develop, design, and test electrical components, equipment, systems, and networks; Design facilities, components, products, and systems for commercial, industrial, and domestic purposes.

 

R&D Internship – Solenis

Leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries. Intern will be given 1 or more industrial research projects supported by a Senior Investigator w/goal to meet project objectives, prepare a summary report and seminar within 10-12 weeks of an internship.

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS  

Quantitative Sciences Undergraduate Research Experience (QSURE) Program - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Shared by a current student! 10-week summer program designed for exceptional undergrads w/an aptitude in quant sciences and an interest in cancer and population health. Individual research program w/exposure to methods in biostatistics, epidemiology and health outcomes research.

 

NOAA Student Scholarship Applications Open!
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Hollings Scholar Ahmed Abdelqader presents his research at the 2017 American Meteorological Society meeting. (Credit: Jing He)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.  

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our web sites:

· Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship: www.noaa.gov/eppscholarship

o   Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020

· Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: www.noaa.gov/hollings

o   Application Deadline:  January 31, 2020 

Eligibility Requirements:

· US Citizen 

· 3.0 GPA (Hollings) or 3.2 GPA (EPP)

· Full-time second year student at an accredited four-year undergraduate program or third year student at a five-year undergraduate program; community college or transfer students must provide proof of application to a four-year institution when applying for the scholarship and submit proof of acceptance prior to starting the program

· Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.

· Enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (EPP Scholarship only)

For further information, contact the Office of Education Scholarship Programs at: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov or (301) 628-2913

Undergrad Opportunity in Bioethics Research
Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Research Program is seeking undergraduate trainees to participate in the 2020 Summer Undergraduate Program in Ethics Research (SUPER).

For information regarding the application requirements, see this document: PDF iconSUPER 2020.pdf 

Typically, a large interest is in students who come from premed, prelaw or philosophy backgrounds, but students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. 

If you have any questions, contact Jessica R. Hirsch, D. Bioethics, MA, CIP, Education Coordinator and Instructor of Biomedical Ethics, College of Medicine and Science:

Phone: 507-538-4023
Fax: 507-538-0850
E-mail: hirsch.jessica@mayo.edu

STEM Leads Research Opportunities
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019
PSIP

Here is the Center for Career Development's weekly compilation of research events, opportunities, and positions, as advertised through Handshake. Click here for additional Career Development tools/resources. Feel free to contact the Center for Career Development if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed below or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you have other questions about doing research.

 

INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES 

Princeton Startup Immersion Program (PSIP) 

Intern w/a startup company this summer in NYC, Shanghai or Tel Aviv! Open to  undergrads and grad students – Software Engineering, Product Development, Marketing, Design, Writing & Editing, Strategy & Operations, Electrical Engineering, UX Intern, Marketplace Expansion, R&D, Account Management, Business Development, Social Media/Community Growth, Content Developer, AI Engineer, Presales Engineer, Investment Intern, Business Operations, Blockchain Core Development, Technology Evangelist, Computer Vision AI Researcher, and MORE! Applications open November 4 – December 1.

Research Associate – PharmaCadence Analytical Services

Participate in analytical development activities in pharma and life sciences using state of the art mass spectrometry technology. In this exciting role, apply your enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a small startup in the Philadelphia region. 

 

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS 

Pathways to Computing Internship Program 

10-week summer program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Work on research projects in computer science, computational science, and math in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science.

Yale Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience

2-year training program involving clinical research experience. Daily activities relate to behavioral, psychophysiological, eye-tracking and neuroimaging studies of toddlers and children with and without autism. With research mentorship, selected applicants will be expected to guide a pre-determined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results.

Yale Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Development of Neuroscience in Autism

2-year training program in data science, cutting-edge computational technologies in a clinically based developmental disabilities research lab. Role involves rapid prototyping and robust development of translational technologies, which may include eye-tracking technologies, image processing, physiological sensing technologies, machine learning projects and experimental paradigms. With research mentorship, selected applicants will be expected to guide a pre-determined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results.

FDA Data Science and Visual Analytics Fellowship

Under the guidance of a mentor, potential training projects include contributing to the development of visual analytical dashboards in Python, Qlik Sense, or Tableau; and data analysis of complex, large relational datasets in Python or other analytical tools.

Postgraduate Research in Molecular Biology Laboratory Techniques

Research opp w/USDA, Milwaukee, WI. Learn real-world lab techniques involving MolBio, microbiology and cell-culture, understanding of how stress, nutrition, and other factors, affect the innate immune response in rainbow trout cell-lines and rainbow trout.

Geyman’s published senior thesis research offers new thoughts on how carbonates record global carbon cycle
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019

“You can learn a lot from carbonates,” said Emily Geyman, a 2019 Princeton graduate in geosciences and the lead author of a paper published Nov. 8 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The paper was the result of Geyman’s senior thesis research in which she investigated the chemical composition of carbonates and how these carbonates record the carbon cycle.

Geyman’s research was predominantly funded by the PEI Environmental Scholars Program, which was established with a gift from Elizabeth A. Smith and Ray E. Newton III ’86. She initially received the 2017 award, and had an extension in 2018.

Geyman currently is pursuing a master’s with a focus on glaciology at the University of Tromsø in Arctic Norway as part of a Sachs Global Fellowship from Princeton.

She conducted her Bahamas work as part of her junior and senior independent work at Princeton. An accomplished young scientist, she has already been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. She received the Peter W. Stroh ’51 Environmental Senior Thesis Prize, the Calvin Dodd MacCracken Award from Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Edward Sampson 1914 Award for distinguished work in environmental geoscience.

 

Read more on Geyman's research here.

Technical University of Munich Practical Research Experience Program
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

In the framework of the Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP), Technical University of Munich (TUM)  invites each summer excellent students from select North American universities to spend an at least 10-week long research stay at TUM. Participating students gain valuable insights into the research work at Germany’s top-ranked technical university and enhance their technical and methodological qualifications. Together with TUM scientists, TUM PREP students work in small research teams at different TUM chairs on a previously defined research project. Through individual support, buddies and a variety of TUM PREP events, the participants will be well integrated at TUM as well as in Munich and surroundings in a short time. The language of the TUM PREP program is English, and German language skills are not required for the participation.

The deadline to apply for TUM PREP 2020 projects is Friday, November 29, 2019 (3 pm CET).

The link to the online application form, the list of offered research projects and further information can be found on the TUM PREP Website.

Students should complete their online application and also make sure that their recommendation letters will be sent to prep@tum.de by this deadline.

 

2020 Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference at Virginia Tech
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Are you involved in research and looking for an opportunity to showcase your skills? 

Do you want to learn more from professionals in your discipline? 

Would you like the opportunity to meet students from across the United States in varying STEM fields? 

 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should apply to the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference at Virginia Tech. This conference is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to come together with professionals from varying scientific fields and share their passion for research. Our team created this conference because we believe in encouraging the collaboration of knowledge in order to facilitate advancement within areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

The Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Research Conference is a two day event, March 28-29th, which will include panel sessions, student oral and poster presentations, and catered meals. You can also look forward to hearing from three phenomenal keynote speakers. Dr. Anthony Leggett is a physics professor at the University of Illinois, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003. Dr. Arnold Caplan is director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University and is known as a pioneer in mesenchymal stem cell research. Dr. Laura Nicklason is the founder of Humacyte, a globally known biotechnology company making incredible strides in regenerative medicine. She also serves as a Professor of Anesthesia and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University.


The application to participate in the conference is due on December 31st and can be found through this link. For more information, please visit our facebook page “STEM Research Conference Commission” or email us at srccvirginiatech@gmail.com

Princeton seniors Alagappan and Malhotra win Rhodes Scholarships
Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Alagappan and Malhotra

Princeton University seniors Serena Alagappan and Ananya Agustin Malhotra are among 32 American recipients of Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Alagappan, of New York City, is concentrating in comparative literature and is also pursuing certificates in European cultural studies and creative writing. At Oxford, Alagappan will pursue an M.Sc. in social anthropology and an M.St. in World Literatures in English.

Malhotra, of Atlanta, is a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and also is pursuing  a certificate in European cultural studies. At Oxford, she will pursue the two-year M.Phil. in international relations.  

 

 

 

STEM Leads Research Opportunities
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
career development

Here is the Center for Career Development's weekly compilation of research events, opportunities, and positions, as advertised through Handshake. Click here for additional Career Development tools/resources. Feel free to contact the Center for Career Development if you have any questions regarding the opportunities listed below or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research if you have other questions about doing research.

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS

Georgetown University School of Medicine Summer Research (for current sophomores and juniors)

Join a cohort of fellows for the 2020 Dean for Medical Education's Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) program. Includes stipend and housing, and possible travel assistance. Deadline to apply is February 24, 2020.

 

Biochemical Markers Summer Fellowship – Centers for Disease Control

Lab improves detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. The appointment is full-time at CDC (Chamblee Campus) in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. 

 

Early Career Research Experience in Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), you will have a unique opportunity to advance your early stage concept to a potentially commercialize-able opportunity with support from mentors at the UAF and at a participating DOE National Laboratory.

 

Research Assistant – Rockefeller University

We are currently hiring graduating seniors for 1-2 year biomedical research assistant positions to work closely with senior scientists and participate in challenging, complex, and dynamic research projects. A smart first step before grad school

Princeton alumni Berlin, Tenkiang named Mitchell Scholars
Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Berlin and Tenkiang

Princeton’s 2018 valedictorian Kyle Berlin and University Trustee Achille Tenkiang have been named George J. Mitchell Scholars. They are among 12 students who were selected for the annual award, named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.

 

Berlin will study culture and colonialism at National University of Ireland, Galway. Tenkiang will study race, migration and decolonial studies at University College Dublin.

 

No stone unturned: Undergraduates experience archaeology in the field
Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019

In “Archaeology in the Field,” undergraduate students are introduced to archaeology through an immersive six-week course that exposes them to every aspect of an excavation. Students complete rotations in three groups, focusing on excavating, conducting lab work at a museum and surface surveying. Through these activities, they learn how archaeologists approach sites, formulate questions and gather evidence to answer them. The rotations also help students learn about preservation, which, according to Arrington, are just as important to archaeologists as the actual digging process.

Arrington has high hopes for what his students will take away from their experience in the field: “I hope that it changes their relationship to time and place, so that they always feel the past lurking beneath their feet wherever they are, and constantly think about how history has shaped who we are today.”

 

Read more here: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/12/02/no-stone-unturned-undergraduates-experience-archaeology-field

Princeton seniors Levit, Visser awarded Schwarzman Scholarships for study in Beijing
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Princeton seniors Nathan Levit and Caleb Visser have been named Schwarzman Scholars. The Schwarzman Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living toward a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

For its fifth class, 145 scholars were selected from around the world from more than 4,700 applicants. The scholars will study economics and business, international studies, and public policy. Courses will be taught in English by professors from Tsinghua, as well as visiting scholars, beginning in August.

Research is a central focus of both students' undergraduate careers. While completing his studies at Princeton, Levit has conducted policy research at the local, state, national and international levels, working on site and remotely with Jed Herrmann, vice president for state and federal policy implementation at Results for America; U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma; and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. He also worked as a research assistant for New York Times reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Visser has interned for U.S. Africa Command. He was a research assistant at the Global Research Institute of the College of William and Mary, and also served as a legislative research intern for Veterans Campaign during the 2018 congressional midterm elections through Princeton Internships in Civic Service. He currently is a research fellow for the Wilson School’s Innovations for Successful Societies program.

Read more here: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/12/04/princeton-seniors-levit-visser-awarded-schwarzman-scholarships-study-beijing

CUSJ 2020 Call for Submissions!
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019

The editorial board of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal invites Princeton students to submit a research paper for publication in their journal for undergraduate students: the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal (CUSJ). CUSJ is a highly selective peer-reviewed publication that aims to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to publish scholarly research papers.

This is a great opportunity for students to share the research work they have accomplished with a wider audience. The submission deadline for the 2019-2020 journal is February 2, 2020.

More information about the journal and submission guidelines can be found on this website: https://cusj.columbia.edu/

 

Seniors Brown, Fried awarded Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2019

Two Princeton seniors have been awarded Marshall Scholarships. Andrew Brown, a concentrator in physics, and Avital Fried, a concentrator in philosophy, will spend two years pursuing graduate study in the United Kingdom as part of the Marshall Scholar program, which offers intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future leaders.

Brown and Fried are among 46 awardees for 2020. The Marshall Scholarship seeks to promote strong relations between the United Kingdom and the United States by offering intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future leaders. The scholarship covers the cost of two years of graduate study in the UK at a university of the recipient’s choice.

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/12/09/seniors-brown-fried-awarded-marshall-scholarship-graduate-study-uk

Princeton University Library launches fund to help underwrite Princeton researchers' fees to publish in open access publications
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

In an effort to further support open access to scholarship and research, Princeton University Library (PUL) has launched the Princeton Open Access Publication Fund, which will help underwrite fees for Princeton students, faculty, and staff to publish in Open Access (OA) publications.

Open access refers to the practice of making information, scholarship, and research freely available online, a movement in which PUL has been a leader, according to Scholarly Communications Librarian Yuan Li who leads the initiative for the fund and other open access resources at Princeton.

“PUL supports open access in a number of ways. It supports at the end point: We buy subscriptions, we buy journals, and we buy books. We provide access to the users. . . The Library will now provide support to the author [as well]. We are of the position that we provide as much help and support as we can to give access to the information, no matter if it’s from the user's end or from the production point. It’s all about access to the information and information sharing,” she said. 

The Princeton Open Access Publication Fund aims to break down a financial barrier in place for Princeton authors, particularly those from underrepresented groups such as graduate students, junior faculty, and researchers in the humanities and social sciences. In traditional publishing, payment happens at the end point; subscribers pay to access content. This created a financial barrier for readers. OA publications recently flipped the model and instead require authors to pay in order to publish. It similarly creates a financial barrier for authors. 

2020 MPL Summer Internship Program
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Call for Summer Interns
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Are you considering applying to grad school and interested in oceanography as a career path?  Contemplating a career in scientific research and development?

 
The Marine Physical Laboratory, at UC San Diego’s world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently seeking inquisitive, motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science to apply for the 2020 MPL Summer Internship Program.
 
Undergraduate college students majoring in oceanography, applied mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, geology and related majors are encouraged to apply. This ten-week internship will offer qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world and learn about marine science and technology while earning a modest salary.

UCSD is an equal opportunity employer, with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

 

ABOUT YOU
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* Currently enrolled as 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate — and not in your senior year — at a college or university with a major applicable to research done at MPL

* A U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident 

* Considering a career in scientific research
* Available to start at MPL in La Jolla, California, in June 2020

* Available to work the duration of the internship, ten consecutive weeks from the start date, for 40 hours per week at a salary of $14/hr

* Not a former MPL summer intern

* OK with working a short distance from some of Southern California's best beaches and surf

 

HOW TO APPLY

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* Visit https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program to complete the application online.
* Applications will be accepted online through 4 p.m. Pacific time on January 17, 2020.

* Applications are not reviewed until after the application due date.

* Applicants may be notified by email as early as February 2020.  

* All applicants will have been notified by email by the end of April. 

MORE INFORMATION
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MPL Summer Internship Program: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program

Marine Physical Laboratory: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl
Scripps Institution of Oceanography:  https://scripps.ucsd.edu

University of California, San Diego:  http://ucsd.edu

CONTACT
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mpl-internship@ucsd.edu

Real-life examples bring new energy to core thermodynamics course
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2019

Traditionally, engineering students have learned about the thermodynamics of gas turbines by studying diagrams and solving equations, but this year they also donned hard hats, safety glasses and ear plugs to tour a plant that produces electricity for half a million homes.

 

Long seen as a rite of passage for sophomores majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering, the thermodynamics course is known for its rigor. Making its content feel relevant for students can be a challenge. This year, the class became a Campus as Lab course, featuring field trips, guest lectures and lessons that enhanced students’ learning with examples of energy technology and policy from the University campus and surroundings.

 

https://engineering.princeton.edu/news/2019/12/20/real-life-examples-bring-new-energy-core-thermodynamics-course

 

In addition to visiting the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) generating station in Sewaren, New Jersey, about 30 miles from Princeton, students joined professional engineers to assess the energy efficiency of the Pink House, home to a community of undergraduates focused on sustainable living. Guest lecturers included an engineer who helps design gas turbines for extreme conditions and a contributor to the town of Princeton’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

#TellUsTigers: Priya Vulchi ’22
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2019

After Eric Garner’s murder in 2014, Priya Vulchi ’22 and her classmate Winona Guo, then sophomores at Princeton High School, were enraged. They decided to fight for required racial literacy curricula in all K-12 schools in the United States. They cold-emailed Eddie Glaude Jr. and Ruha Benjamin in Princeton’s Department of African American studies, who became their mentors. With two books under her belt, a Ted Talk (with more than 1.3 million views) and a gap year spent interviewing 500 people in all 50 states — Vulchi is continuing her work with Choose, the nonprofit she and Guo founded, as she focuses her academic work at Princeton as a major in African American studies.

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Columbia Business School Summer Research Internship Program
Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Summer Research Internship Program

Columbia Business School seeks applicants for the 2020 Summer Research Internship Program. This highly selective program provides interns an opportunity to work with Columbia Business School's faculty on a research project in finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, or data analytics. 

 

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, most interns generally work on one research project. The work may include literature reviews, data collection and cleaning, web scraping, statistical analysis, and in some cases, contribution to a final publication. Behavioral interns may be staffed on multiple projects: conducting literature reviews, coding data, performing statistical analyses, and running experiments with the Behavioral Research lab. All interns will present their final results to faculty at the end of the project.

 

The program will run from June 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020 (final dates TBD). On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

Summer-Intern Placement

After graduating from their undergraduate or master’s programs, our summer interns have leveraged their experience at CBS to gain admission to some of the most prestigious PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, Operations, and Data Science. Since 2012, 43 out of 125 interns have enrolled in PhD programs at schools like MIT (6), Harvard (6), Stanford (5), Columbia (4), Wharton (4), and the University of Chicago (2).

 

Some interns decide not to pursue their doctorate or defer doing so until after they have worked in industry for a few years. The summer internship experience provides training in analytical and quantitative skills that many employers find valuable. Our summer interns have accepted jobs from prestigious firms in management consulting (McKinsey, BCG, Deloitte) and economic consulting (Cornerstone Research, Analysis Group), financial firms and hedge funds (Goldman Sachs, Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, Blackrock, Blackstone, Bridgewater, AQR Capital Management), and at technology companies such as Facebook, Nielsen, and eBay.  A select number of summer interns return to CBS for our prestigious Predoctoral Fellows Program (PDF).

 

Successful Applicants

This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all backgrounds, including business, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences, are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in applicants who are underrepresented minorities.

 

Prospective interns should demonstrate an enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity. They are expected to have excellent communication skills, basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics, and familiarity with statistical and computational software packages (e.g., Matlab, R, STATA, SPSS) and scripting languages such as Python or R. Candidates interested in working with behavioral researchers should have experience conducting experiments and coding data.

For more information about the Summer Internship Program and to apply, please fill out the application form at the following website: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs/pre-doctoral-research/summer-research-internship.

The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2020.  We encourage you to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.  For further information or questions, please email summerintern@gsb.columbia.edu.

Apply for Stanford Research Conference 2020
Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019

We are excited to announce that applications for Stanford Research Conference (SRC) 2020 are open HERE.

 

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 seventh annual SRC will be held April 10 to 12, 2020 at Stanford University.

 

Applications for our conference are due January 31, 2020. You can find the application HERE.

 

Learn more about SURA and SRC at http://sura.stanford.edu and reach out to board.sura@gmail.com with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!

Stories - Class of 2018

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Princeton senior Ugonna Nwabueze, a first-generation Nigerian American, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but the stories her father told her about being a child soldier in the Nigerian civil war, which began in 1967, haunted her.

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Taylor Griffith wanted her senior thesis to focus on strong black female leads on television shows, so she began her investigation the way most students do, by checking the available literature. But when the Princeton student made her first trip to B Floor at Firestone Library, she came up short.

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018

When the Khan family left Pakistan with their three young children, they never imagined that their then-3-year-old daughter would return as a student at Princeton University, let alone that she would be tackling a problem that has frustrated global health researchers.

Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Before engineers can build a reactor to produce electricity from fusion, they have to make the reactor’s walls able to withstand the heat and energetic particles from the reactions. It is a hellish environment and requires a very special material.

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2018

When Princeton University senior Alana Reynolds arrived in Mozambique last June to conduct fieldwork for her thesis, she realized that she had to see elephants differently if she wanted to help protect them.

Stories - Class of 2017

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Shaikh's photo

Nabil Shaikh's senior thesis took him more than 8,000 miles from Princeton to Hyderabad, India, where he interviewed terminally ill cancer patients about their experience with end-of-life care. 

Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017
Rosales Photo

To meet the requirements of his major in English and certificates in creative writing, theater and Latino studies, Princeton senior Edwin Rosales had to write not one but two senior theses. The first in his family to go to college, he drew on his own experience of emigrating to the U.S. from Guatemala as a child and extensive research to write a collection of short stories and a play. Rosales said the arts at Princeton empowered him and built his confidence as a writer.

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Isabella Douglas

Builder José Mosquera’s masterwork languishes in a wooded area outside Havana, Cuba, going slowly to ruin and being colonized by trees and vines. But when Princeton University senior Isabella Douglas and a team of students met him on the grounds of Cuba’s National School of Ballet last November, Mosquera gave them a rare gift.

Posted: Monday, July 3, 2017

When Arthur Edward Imperatore III showed up at his adviser’s office to discuss the first draft of his senior thesis, he was anxious. He knew that the classics department encouraged, alongside traditional studies of ancient texts in their original languages and contexts, creative interpretations of the works that could cast light on their enduring relevance to the present. In this vein Arthur had been inspired by Xenophon’s “Anabasis,” a first-person memoir written by a Greek gentleman-soldier who signed on as a mercenary for the young, charismatic and ambitious Persian prince Cyrus. In Arthur’s eyes, this old warhorse of the intermediate Greek curriculum still had a little life in him, in fact its dramatic story made it a perfect subject for a television mini-series of the sort that draw millions of viewers to cable channels.

Stories - Class of 2016

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016
A small shop in Havana. Photo by Dennisse Calle.

Dennisse Calle found the topic for her senior thesis along a Havana street, in the back of a stall that sells pirated movies and music.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Connor Stonesifer in Panama. Photo courtesy of Connor Stonesifer.

When Connor Stonesifer ’16 first arrived in Panama in the summer of 2015, his Spanish consisted of saying “I want” and having to point at things. When he asked the woman who ran the hostel where he was staying to turn up the air conditioning, he received a cup of pudding instead.

Stories - Class of 2015

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015
Denisa Buzatu

Princeton student Denisa Buzatu's vision for an environmentally sustainable building is a sort of shape-shifting origami façade. For her senior thesis, Buzatu, a civil engineering major, is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight. "It's like electrical origami," said Buzatu. While the overall shape of the structure is immensely flexible, the individual surfaces are rigid and can be composed of any material, such as acrylic or solar panels. 

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rebecca Basaldua

Princeton student Rebecca Basaldua's senior thesis relies on academic knowledge, research skill and a generous helping of tenacity. The politics major's thesis focuses on rape kits, which contain physical evidence collected from sexual assault victims and can play an important role in identifying and convicting rapists. Sometimes, though, victims go through the invasive, hours-long procedure for the evidence to be collected only to see the kits remain untested for years. Basaldua, who is from Edinburg, Texas, wanted to understand how often — and why — that happens.

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015
Dayton Martindale

Dayton Martindale, a senior who receives his bachelor's degree in astrophysical sciences this year, doesn't want to be a scientist. He wants to be the person scientists need to help bring their research before the public. Martindale wants to help the average person understand the importance and influence of the work that occurs in the laboratories they'll never see, and that comes out of the fields they'll never study. He wants to be a science writer. "I realized that if presenting science to the public is what I'm more excited about, why not do that?"

Martindale will begin the master's program in science and environmental journalism at the University of California-Berkeley in the fall.

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2015
Hanna Kim

Natural catastrophes such as China’s magnitude -7.9 earthquake in 2008 and Japan’s magnitude -9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 2011, motivated Princeton student Hanna Kim's senior thesis, "When Disaster Strikes: A Comparative Study of Civil Society Response to Earthquakes in China and Japan." These events led her to travel to East Asia over winter break of 2014 to conduct field research. A major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Kim also is pursuing certificates in East Asian studies and translation and intercultural communication.

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Abidjan Walker

Senior Abidjan Walker pursued extensive international experience as an undergraduate. A comparative literature major from Hanover, New Hampshire, Walker has studied in China, Morocco, Switzerland and France. Building her linguistic and cultural toolkit sparked her senior thesis, which focuses on the language of instruction in educational systems in these countries. The advice she gives fellow Princeton students wondering about studying abroad, "I say, 'Go, just go.'"

Stories - Class of 2014

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Princeton University senior Taylor Francis discussing work with a faculty member

Princeton University senior Taylor Francis, a Menlo Park, California, native, grew up surrounded by technology and the startup world in Silicon Valley. For his senior thesis, Francis, a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is applying his interests in the tech world to examining two forms of alternative educational credentials: massive open online courses and intensive occupational "bootcamps" for software engineers.  Read the full story here.

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Saitta uses a saw to cut away three, 2 centimeter samples that will be transferred to microsope slides. (Photo courtesy of the Judith River Dinosaur Institute)

For his senior thesis, Evan Saitta, an ecology and evolutionary biology major at Princeton, has painstakingly analyzed 150 million-year-old fossils to determine whether a single anatomical difference found in a species of Stegosaurus indicates if male and female individuals were physically distinct. The work could provide a new understanding of the physiology and lifestyle of Stegosaurus. Read the full story here.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
McKenna became interested in coral during the summer of 2012 while working as an education intern at BIOS. Above, she prepares slides to present to a group of teenagers at Waterstart, the marine science camp at BIOS. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth McKenna)

Elizabeth McKenna's senior thesis examines the delicate environmental balance of coral reefs. The Princeton ecology and evolutionary major conducted fieldwork in Bermuda last summer, where she investigated the ideal conditions for coral growth. Princeton has a research partnership with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in St. George's. McKenna's research was funded by an award given annually by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to support field projects critical to the senior thesis. Read the full story here.

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014
Obioha, a psychology major who is pursuing a neuroscience certificate, gathered data for her thesis using a computer-based study known as an implicit association test that utilized a series of photos and the names of jobs to test participants' implicit associations.

Obianuju "Juju" Obioha's senior thesis explores perceptions of status and race and the relationship between explicit and implicit beliefs. She found evidence that white people have a more difficult time associating black people with high-status jobs than they do associating white people with the same jobs.

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Kalvaria (right) credits her close working relationship with her adviser Mirjam Künkler (left), an assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, for helping to build her confidence to "do justice" to the emotional topic of her thesis. "She's so reassuring," Kalvaria said. "I don't think any Princeton student has written about this topic, so I think she's as excited about it as I am."

Princeton senior Miranda Kalvaria, who is concentrating in Near Eastern studies, is focusing her senior thesis on the impact of legalized sex reassignment surgery and assisted reproductive technologies on various social groups in Iran. Her research spans a variety of source materials and includes several interviews with LGBT activists living in exile in Turkey and Canada.

Stack of senior theses

“The Thesis: Quintessentially Princeton” features the thesis-writing experiences of Princeton students and their advisers. From research conducted around the world to discoveries made in the library or the lab, students share their joy in doing original, independent work, while relaying some of their mistakes and tips for the next generation of Princetonians. The advisers then explain their side of the thesis journey—from the steps for writing a successful thesis to the close relationships that develop between students and faculty members in a way that is “quintessentially Princeton".

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