The Spotlight articles showcase events and activities related to the diverse programs and offices within the Office of the Dean of the College.



“We had two pandemics converging: COVID-19 and the reckoning with racial injustice,” stated Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) affiliate and lecturer for the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Heather Howard. “Students were hungry to bring these issues into the classroom. I thought it would be a shame not to seize the moment.” Thanks to a grant from Princeton’s 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, she was able to do just that.

Professor Robert Pringle standing in lake teaching class

Students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) face the challenge of engaging in outdoor exploration during this online semester. But Professor Pringle is bringing the outdoors to his students; rain or shine, he delivers every EEB 321: Species Interactions, Biodiversity and Society lecture outside.

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Princeton will invite all enrolled undergraduates and graduate students to campus for the spring 2021 semester. Undergraduates are not required to live on campus, as the University will continue to support remote learning for anyone who chooses it. The University believes that its preparatory planning, policies, and testing capacity will enable us to mitigate the risk of the pandemic appropriately. However, the University will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic and will update plans for the spring if necessary.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce awards from the special summer cycle of the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. We highlight below awards made with the generous support of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Office of Information Technology. The first set of awards will support the development of courses that address systemic racism, racial injustice, and/or the history of civil rights or anti-racist movements. The second set supports the development of “Princeton Challenge” courses, which provide students with research-intensive, project-focused experiences that address COVID-19 or other community-focused problems.


Service, Social Justice, and the Western Humanities Sequence will offer a new, informal discussion component this year, in addition to the usual lectures and precepts, giving students a chance to t

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All students should carefully review the new deadlines and procedures Labyrinth Books has established for Fall 2020 course books.

This year, we’ve created a special first-year experience designed specifically to help you navigate your new scholarly journey during this highly unusual and challenging semester. As a first-year student, we invite you to engage in the Princeton “Entryways” program, a singular opportunity to get to know Princeton’s academic culture and curricular offerings and to connect them with your own goals.

“Entryways into the Liberal Arts: The First-Year Academic Experience” offers special, immersive seminar courses especially for first-year students; a first-year class-wide weekly speaker series with distinguished faculty from across the University; and tailored mentoring experiences with peer leaders in your residential college community. These programs will engage you and your classmates in ongoing discussion about how Princeton’s academic community can help students discover their passions, thrive in their courses, achieve their goals, and most of all, connect their studies to our society’s most pressing concerns.

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A letter from Dean Dolan and Vice President Calhoun to undergraduate students to underscore President Eisgruber’s news about our plans for reopening campus in fall 2020.

Carlo Coppola, Italian, active ca. 1635–1672. The Pestilence of 1656, Oil on canvas , 76 x 99 cm. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Caroline G. Mather Fund

Image: Carlo Coppola, Italian, active ca. 1635–1672. The Pestilence of 1656, Oil on canvas , 76 x 99 cm. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Caroline G. Mather Fund

Facing a world of uncertainty, this spring’s offering of Medical Anthropology (ANT/HUM 240) creatively transitioned to online instruction, becoming a vital forum for students to grapple with the life-altering COVID-19 pandemic.

Several service organizations in the Princeton area agreed to online collaborations with students for their final projects. Supported by Princeton’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES), and the Pace Center’s Service Focus program, students addressed local health problems and developed research and communication materials that are relevant to community partners as they envision future work.