The University community welcomed this year's cohort of Bridge Year volunteers -- incoming students who have deferred their freshman year to engage in public service projects abroad. Princeton faculty, staff, alumni benefactors, and former Bridge Year participants wished these new Princetonians well as they prepared to embark on their journeys.
In 2015, when we participated in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP) as rising seniors in high school, we did not think we had what it took to come to Princeton; we couldn’t picture ourselves measuring up to our peers, never mind affording the cost of an Ivy League education. But today, we are about to begin our sophomore years at Princeton.
Two teams of Princeton graduate students are making strong showings in national robotics competitions this year. The teams are combining advances in computation with those in sensing technology.
As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.
Before Charlie Baker ’17 takes the stage as the host of Princeton’s monthly late-night talk show, he frantically runs through his lines, herds the theater’s previous audience out so his crew can set up, and fixes malfunctioning equipment. And he worries. But as the lights come up, he trots onstage to greet his audience, leaving the nerves and chaos behind.
Chance Fletcher ’18, from Oologah, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Cherokee nation. He took a “Great American College Road Trip” with his grandmother; when they reached Princeton, he knew he’d found his destination. As a sophomore, he hiked 900 miles of the Trail of Tears, then focused his junior independent research project on the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands. His journeys have taken him far from home, but closer to understanding his roots—and his dreams for the future.
Princeton Research Day—the second annual celebration of research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other scholars—showcased more than 140 presentations on topics ranging from the metabolism of fruit fly embryos to theories on why large-scale, complex projects rarely—if ever—stay on schedule.
Sarah Santucci ’17 was raised in the rich farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Her concentration in molecular biology at Princeton comes naturally; she’s always been interested in what can grow in soil and water. After getting involved with the Princeton Garden Project her interests began to shift from the tenacity of orchid species to the community benefits of growing organic food. From sustenance to sustainability, Sarah is planting ideas that will lead to healthier lives.
The John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service Program was established in honor of John C. Bogle ’51, founder of the Vanguard Mutual Fund Group, and one of the founding supporters of Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Mr. Bogle recently met with the first group of Bogle Fellows and heard about their summer service projects. In this short video, we spoke with four of the fellows about their experiences.