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


Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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TO: All Faculty

FROM: Gene Jarrett, Dean of the Faculty; Jill Dolan, Dean of the College; Cole Crittenden, Acting Dean of the Graduate School

Morrison Hall

August 20, 2021

Dear Students of the Great Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025,

Morrison Hall

On April 30, the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing, with support from the Dean of the College, the Vice President for Campus Life, the Dean of the Faculty, the Provost, and the President, approved an extension of Dean’s Date for undergraduate students this semester, from Wednesday, May 5th, until Monday, May 10th.

Taishi Nakase and Lucy Wang

Taishi Nakase
Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Lucy Wang
Photo by Andrew Yang

Taishi Nakase, an operations research and financial engineering concentrator from Melbourne, Australia, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2021. Lucy Wang, a chemistry concentrator from Marietta, Georgia, was named salutatorian.

Commencement for the Class of 2021 will take place at Princeton Stadium on Sunday, May 16. Nakase and Wang are expected to give remarks at the ceremony.

Khristina Gonzalez will lead the center, photo my Sameer Khan

Image: Khristina Gonzalez (center) will lead the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity at Princeton University.
Photo by: Sameer A. Khan/Fotobuddy

With the goal of enhancing and expanding Princeton University’s fundamental commitment to the college success of talented students from first-generation, lower-income and underrepresented backgrounds, Bloomberg Philanthropies has made a significant gift that will establish the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity. The Center will bring together the University’s nation-leading initiatives in college access and opportunity, serve as a hub for research and innovation in the field of college access and success, and inform and strengthen similar efforts at colleges and universities across the country.

Princeton Research Day 2021 Logo

Princeton Research Day is an exciting opportunity for Princeton researchers and scholars — from postdocs and non-tenured scholars to graduate students and undergraduates — to showcase their research and creative work for a broad audience.


“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.