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


Princeton Research Day 2018

Princeton Research Day is a collaborative initiative by the offices of the Dean of the College, the Dean of the Faculty, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean for Research, with support from the Office of the Provost. Sixty graduate alumni, 50 undergraduates and 70 faculty, staff and community members served as judges for the event, and more than 150 volunteers helped everything run smoothly for the presenters and hundreds of attendees. The event was held on May 10, 2018.

Photo by Nicole Guglielmo
Article by the Office of Communications
Students walking on campus -  Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Princeton University has offered admission to 13 transfer students for entry in fall 2018, the first transfer admissions since the University reinstated its transfer program. The renewed program is aimed at especially encouraging applicants from low-income, military or community college backgrounds.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications
Article by Michael Hotchkiss, the Office of Communications
Students on campus
Incoming students and their families can find important information about attending Princeton via the welcome website Your Path to Princeton.

Your Path to Princeton provides students with an introduction to the undergraduate experience and helps them forge connections with the University before they arrive on campus. The website serves as a central information portal for first-year students, giving them access to frequently asked questions, blogs written about campus and academic life by students and staff, information about move-in and Orientation, and other important University resources.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications
Article by the Office of Communications
Faculty Room

Princeton faculty members approved a plan Monday, April 23, 2018 to revise the University’s academic calendar and move fall semester final exams into December from January, among other changes.

The calendar revisions to the Rules and Procedures of the Faculty were developed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Calendar Reform, chaired by Aarti Gupta, professor of computer science, and staffed by Elizabeth Colagiuri, deputy dean of the college.

Article by the Office of Communications

Valedictorian, Kyle Berlin and Latin salutatorian, Katherine Lim

Kyle Berlin, a Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures major from Arroyo Grande, California, has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2018. Katherine Lim, a computer science major from Atherton, California, has been named the Latin salutatorian.

Kyle Berlin on left (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)
Katherine Lim on right (photo by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications)
Article by Karin Dienst, Office of Communications
Sociology 207

Professors Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology, and Kathryn Edin, a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have constructed a course that mixes lectures, guest speakers and fieldwork, and covers some of the most central aspects of poverty.

The course has a robust lineup of speakers, made possible in part by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) in the Office of the Dean of the College. This curricular effort, led by Director Trisha Thorme, connects students’ academic work with communities, allowing students to apply classroom skills to pressing issues of local populations.

Read more about on Sociology 207 "Poverty in America" by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs here.

Photo by Egan Jimenez, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Heath Professions Advising

Photo by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications

Senior Gaby Joseph is a pre-med student and molecular biology major at Princeton. The Health Professions Advising office helped him select courses, plan his pre-med path, find summer internships and apply to medical schools. Joseph was recently named a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and will start at Stanford University School of Medicine this fall.

Health Professions Advising (HPA) helps any student considering a medical or health care career. The office works with undergraduates throughout their four years at Princeton and with alumni who apply to medical, dental and other professional schools.

Read the entire article, by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications, here.

James Alec Dun

Alec Dun has been appointed assistant dean of the college, effective April 2, with responsibility for athletic-academic affairs and the Freshman Seminars Program. Alec succeeds Dov Grohsgal, who left his position in February to return to full-time teaching and research.

As assistant dean, Dun will provide guidance to students, faculty members, and others regarding a variety of matters affecting the academic lives of undergraduates and help manage the relationship between academic and athletic affairs.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, the Office of Communications

Student Emmy Bender interviews Trenton High alumna Jo Carolyn Dent-Clark

In April 2018, the city of Trenton will mark the 50th anniversary of violence that followed the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To examine the civil unrest through two disciplines, documentary film and history, Woodrow Wilson School Documentary Film Specialist Purcell Carson and History Professor Alison Isenberg are leading an initiative called The Trenton Project.

On Monday, April 9, 2018–the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Harlan Joseph–the public is invited to The Trenton Project Remembers April 9, 1968 to view clips from the documentary film, discuss research findings, and participate in this reframing of Trenton’s history.

Student Emmy Bender interviews Trenton High alumna Jo Carolyn Dent-Clark

Article by By Ruby Shao ’17

Yi-Ching Ong, director of service focus

After conducting a national search, Yi-Ching Ong has been named director of Service Focus, a new Princeton University program designed to bridge service and learning across the first two years of the undergraduate experience.

Yi-Ching Ong (photo by Michael Lopez)
Article by Gwen McNamara, LEED AP, Pace Center for Civic Engagement