Simon Gikandi, Princeton's Robert Schirmer Professor of English, wanted students to experience Africa up close: "not from outside, but from inside." He took them to places where they could wander through the streets, talk to residents, and question their own assumptions. In Gikandi's six-week global seminar, "African Cities: Their Pasts and Futures," students read about African cities from different perspectives—literary, sociological, historical—studied Twi, the local language, and immersed themselves in the sites and sounds of Accra.
Digital technology has become essential for personal communication, getting the news, banking, shopping, and countless routine transactions. As our reliance on technological devices grows, however, pressing questions emerge: How do we define privacy online? Who has access to our data—and how will they use it? How do we prevent cyber attacks?
Looking for perspective on the market’s ups and downs? Eager for tips on how to sustain and grow your assets? Hear experts discuss “Longevity Planning: Navigating Market Volatility Over a Lifetime.”
Louis A. Simpson, a 1960 alumnus of Princeton’s Graduate School, and his wife, Kimberly K. Querrey, have given $20 million to fund the Louis A. Simpson *60 International Building. The building, expected to be completed this summer, will be the home of the University’s many international initiatives.
Nicole (Nikki) Larson ’16 was shaking as she waited to dive off the starting block. It was the final relay—the 400 freestyle. Princeton needed to win this last race to ensure a tie with Harvard, and keep the Tigers in the running for an undefeated season.
Robert Sedgewick introduces students to the power and potential of computing. Simon Gikandi reexamines the influence that the historical interchange between Europe and Africa had on language and culture. Naomi Ehrich Leonard ’85 designs dynamics for robots inspired by the collective motion found in nature, from flocks of birds to schools of fish.
In 1983 the University was notified that Stephen Hobart Condit of Parsippany-Troy Hills had left some 50 acres of New Jersey real estate in an unrestricted bequest to Princeton. Condit, a Lehigh University graduate, had contributed to Annual Giving in years past in memory of two alumni he believed were related to him. But this gift—which eventually amounted to more than $1 million when the property was sold—seemed out of the blue. Then came a letter from Condit’s lifelong friend James Merrill Macfarland ’32
Looking for better returns and security in a volatile market? Want to help future Princetonians? Princeton now offers deferred charitable gift annuities and has lowered its age minimums. These lifetime fixed payments are backed by the full faith and credit of the University.
In his four decades on the Princeton faculty, Ted Taylor earned the admiration of his students and colleagues for his cheerful nature and commitment to rigorous research. Even in retirement, he has continued to support and shape new generations of scientists by establishing the Edward and Virginia Taylor Professorship in Bioorganic Chemistry and the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for third-year graduate students in chemistry. The fellowships allow Princeton to fund students for three years—a rarity in higher education—freeing them from the need to tie their research interests to grant support.
As a retired physician and professor of medicine, Gordon Douglas ’55 has long known about the links between diet and catastrophic illnesses such as stroke and heart disease. His own bout with high cholesterol prompted him to stop eating meat, which solved the problem and made him think more deeply about food and health.
Gone are the days when college seniors could expect to find jobs at established companies and climb the corporate ladder according to prescribed benchmarks. The paths most people take have become less linear, and the very nature of the job search has changed dramatically.
In a unique effort to combine the expertise of university scientists and conservation organizations, Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation has pledged $1.25 million to establish the Science-to-Action Fund at Princeton University. The fund will support environmental research that advances scientific understanding and practical, on-the-ground solutions in order to ensure the sustainable and rational use of freshwater for all.
Humanists traditionally have spent long hours in archives poring through books, letters, and ephemera, laboriously piecing together information. Today, digital technology has streamlined and galvanized this process. Now scholars can not only quickly access and preserve different kinds of information but also identify connections among their discoveries, creating new data for scholars around the world.
Longtime Princeton faculty member Ted Taylor, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry, Emeritus, has established the Edward C. Taylor Fellowships for graduate students in chemistry.
The Office of Admission—in partnership with the Office of Communications—has launched a virtual tour of campus on the YouVisit platform. The student-led tour is available in four languages—English, Spanish, Mandarin and Korean.
Azza Cohen ’16 spent the 2011-2012 academic year in India as part of the University’s Bridge Year program, which allows incoming freshmen to defer their arrival on campus for one year to immerse themselves in another culture, hone language skills, and be of service to the local community. Azza shares the lessons she learned from her year in India.
As a rising sophomore, Tumise Asebiomo ’16 co-led a group of 11 incoming freshmen on a weeklong trip to learn about the criminal justice systems in Trenton and New York City. They toured a prison, visited inmate reentry programs, and met with district attorneys and advocates for prisoners’ rights. They left with a deeper understanding of the impact crime and punishment have on communities, and how they might be able to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by it.
A gift from investor John C. Bogle Jr. and his wife, Lynn Bogle, has established a program that encourages Princeton University students to design and engage in service or civic-engagement-related summer internships and projects and connect those experiences to their academic work and career interests.
On Friday, February 19, at the traditional Annual Giving dinner prior to Alumni Day, more than 130 Annual Giving volunteers gathered at the mid-point of the 2015-16 campaign. During the evening, Annual Giving Chair Louise S. Sams ’79 presented several distinguished achievement awards to the leaders of last year's Annual Giving campaign.
A technology to uncover how the infant brain learns language and a microscope that can image and manipulate the inner workings of a functioning cell have been awarded funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Princeton's Global Health Program (GHP) serves as a hub for students interested in tackling some of the most pressing health-related issues of our time.
Princeton’s scientists are conducting research with real-world impact, pursuing solutions that can improve human health, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, safeguard the environment, and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.
Matthew Kritz dreamed of coming to Princeton. He worked hard, got accepted, but worried that the expense might derail his dream. The University’s generous scholarship donors eliminated that concern. He is among the roughly 60 percent of undergraduates who are Princetonians thanks to financial aid, which is funded primarily by scholarship gifts.
Since it opened in 1948, Firestone Library has played a central role in the lives of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars. Now, a major renovation is infusing Firestone Library with new life. With the support of alumni and friends, the University is creating a more open and welcoming building that supports contemporary approaches to scholarship while honoring Firestone’s historic character.