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Research Assistantship Positions

Paid research assistantship positions available during the academic year and summer are advertised through the Student Employment Office.

Campus as Lab Research Opportunities through the Office of Sustainability

Princeton’s Office of Sustainability facilitates research opportunities that engage Princeton’s physical campus as a learning tool for sustainability solutions in a variety of disciplines. The Office of Sustainability tracks research questions being explored by faculty and staff across campus, many of which are excellent opportunities for JP or senior thesis research. Research opportunities are available to students through individual research projects, as part of coursework or extracurricular activities. The staff in the Office of Sustainability is available to assist interested students in finding ways to incorporate Campus as Lab research into the students' co-curricular experience. These include connecting students with funding opportunities, data sets, and other resources. For more information on how to participate in Campus as Lab research and address real-world problems right here on campus, visit the Campus as Lab website or email Caroline Savage, Campus as Lab Manager.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

This program aims to increase diversity in the faculty ranks at colleges and universities. The program identifies highly qualified underrepresented students and other students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and provides them with support and mentorship as they prepare themselves for doctoral programs and careers in the professoriate. Fellows are selected in the spring of the sophomore year through a competitive application process. In the junior and senior years, fellows attend monthly workshops designed to enhance research skills and deepen awareness of the challenges and rewards of teaching and scholarship; meet regularly with faculty mentors; attend academic conferences; and build their network of colleagues at Princeton and on other campuses. For more information on program benefits and requirements (including Mellon-designated fields of study), please see the national Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship website, then contact Dean Khristina Gonzalez (administrative coordinator) or Professor Judith Weisenfeld (faculty coordinator).

SULI Program at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)

This program is for undergraduates interested in performing plasma physics and fusion energy research. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting PPPL's research.  Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the summer term (June through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the fall (September through December) and spring (January through May) term. As a part of the internship, students are offered housing on the Princeton University campus and a $500/week stipend for the 10-week experience. During the first week, students learn about plasma physics and fusion in an intensive course combining laboratory techniques with the fundamentals of plasma physics. 

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