Princeton Research Day highlights work from opera to plasma

Junior geosciences major Mitch Mitchell. Photo courtesy of the Princeton University Office of Communications.

Frist Campus Center was the center of Princeton University's research universe Thursday afternoon as more than 150 undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers presented their work at the first Princeton Research Day.

The event highlighted research from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and the arts in formats including talks, poster presentations, performances, art exhibitions and digital presentations — all designed with the general public in mind.

"It's a wonderful cross-section of the research enterprise at Princeton," said Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering.

Princeton Research Day presented an important opportunity for undergraduates, said Jill Dolan, dean of the college, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

"Princeton is one of the very few universities, really, in the world where undergraduate students are encouraged to do the kind of original research that every single undergraduate on this campus does," she said. "So taking the opportunity at the end of the year to do a major public event in which students can present that work is groundbreaking."

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Research Day was a collaborative initiative between the offices of the dean of the collegedean of the faculty, dean of the Graduate School and dean for research