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


A.B. sophomores declare their intended majors March 24-April 11, then see their departments for course advising prior to course enrollment in TigerHub April 22-24.

Claire Gmachl

Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named head of Whitman College, one of Princeton’s six residential colleges. She will begin her four-year term on July 1.

Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

More than 30 service-oriented courses are offered every semester through Princeton’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES). It connects academics with the University’s signature commitment to service.

ProCES was formerly known as the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI). “The new name highlights our expanded vision for service in the curriculum that builds on 20 years of CBLI’s successful, pioneering work,” said ProCES Director Trisha Thorme. The name change also reflects ProCES’ larger role on campus, and in particular, its role in the new Service Focus program. ProCES manages the curricular component of Service Focus, which bridges service and learning across the first two years of the undergraduate experience.

Read the article here.

Photo by Trisha Thorme, Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship
Article by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Applications are being accepted for presenters at the 2019 Princeton Research Day, the fourth annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors by the University’s undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers.

The free, public event will be held in the Frist Campus Center and will conclude with an awards ceremony for outstanding contributions. Applications, which are being accepted on the Princeton Research Day website, are due by Feb. 18.

Read more and watch a video here.

Video by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Article by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Ellen Chances, professor of Slavic language and literatures, leads a discussion in the freshman seminar “What Makes a Meaningful Life? A Search.” She designed this Freshman seminar to give first-year students the opportunity “to contemplate what others have said about living a meaningful life, and to reflect upon their own thoughts and questions.” Each weekly topic looks at life from a different perspective: wisdom of our elders; a response to life’s imperfections; creativity and meaning; love, connection and responsibility; hope, dreams and ideals in societal contexts; and material and spiritual values.

Read the article here.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
transfer students

This past fall, the University welcomed transfer students for the first time in decades.

The nine students come from a variety of backgrounds, including prior enrollment in community colleges and service in the military. Representing a range of ages from 20 to 33, some entered as first-years, others as sophomores. They applied for many reasons, and plan to study everything from philosophy to mechanical and aerospace engineering. Read more here.

Teacher Prep Program

Over the past 50 years, 1,042 students have graduated from the University's Program in Teacher Preparation, which earns them a Princeton certificate and leads to New Jersey teaching certification. Read more here.

Over the course of eight weeks this summer, 73 incoming members of the Class of 2022 are immersing themselves in Princeton’s vibrant academic and social life through the University’s Freshman Scholars Institute (FSI).

FSI provides a group of incoming students, primarily those who are first in their family to attend college and those coming from lower- to moderate-income backgrounds, with an early opportunity to experience the many academic and co-curricular resources that Princeton has to offer. In FSI, they have the chance to take seminar-style and lab courses in their areas of interest, interact with faculty members, and engage with a diverse community of highly motivated peers. Through this experience, FSI scholars prepare to achieve their academic, social and professional goals and to take their place as leaders on campus — and in the larger world.

A recent study by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has quantified Princeton University Preparatory Program's longtime work helping low-income and first-generation students achieve in college and beyond. Read more here.

Photo by Mark Czajkowski
Article by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications