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


Massoomali Fatehkia '18

Masoomali Fatehkia '18, who is majoring in operations research and financial engineering, spent the summer of 2017 interning in Doha at the Qatar Computer Research Institute (QCRI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, where he used Facebook’s advertising audience estimates as a data source to shed new light on the digital gender gap worldwide.

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Photo courtesy of Masoomali Fatehkia
Article by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Maria Garlock and Stacy Sinclair

Maria Garlock, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named head of Forbes College, and Stacey Sinclair, professor of psychology and public affairs has been named head of Mathey College. Both will begin their four-year terms as heads of two of Princeton University’s six residential colleges on July 1.

Maria Garlock on left (photo by David Kelly Crow)
Stacey Sinclair on right (photo by Sameer Khan, Fotobuddy)
Article by The Office of Communications
2018 Pyne Prize co-winners

Princeton seniors John “Newby” Parton and Maggie Pecsok have been named co-winners of the University’s 2018 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon during Alumni Day. 

John “Newby” Parton on left (photo by Nick Barberio, Office of Communications)

Maggie Pecsok on right (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Sanctuary Freshman Seminar

What are the meanings of “sanctuary?” Why has sanctuary become a key term in current debates about immigration? Is there an ethics of hospitality? Does citizenship determine human rights?

The freshman seminar “Sanctuary,” taught by Shaun Marmon (left), an associate professor of religion at Princeton University, seeks to answer these questions and connects academics and service. Seated next to Marmon, from left, are first-year students Pauline Schnelzer, Christy Lee and Hannah Wang.

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
Article by Pooja Makhijani and Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
Danny José Navarette '19

Danny José Navarette, a member of the Class of 2019 and a first-generation student, reflects on his path to Princeton, his inspiration for pursuing a career in science, and his hopes for prospective students who come from backgrounds similar to his. 

Photo by Cindy Liu, Class of 2018
Article by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications
Freshman Seminar - “Time Capsules for Climate Change”

The freshman seminar, “Time Capsules for Climate Change,” asks students to write about the future of humanity in the context of a changing climate. The students use emerging science to think quantitatively about the impacts of climate change and possible strategies for mitigation. They are writing four essays to be placed in time capsules and stored in Princeton’s Mudd Library until their graduation and subsequent milestone reunions.

Early in the semester, the students visited the University archives at Mudd Library (above) where they met with University Archivist Daniel Linke (at right). The course is led by Professor Emeritus Robert Socolow (rear right).

Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Article by Wendy Plump for the Office of Engineering Communications

Stan Allen Freshman Seminar

The students enrolled in the freshman seminar “American Places: Architecture, Landscape and the American Imagination” this fall are learning that while architectural “places” — homes, buildings, urban developments and more — are central to American identity, they are often constructed with complicated histories.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

Freshaman Families Weekend Image

Princeton University celebrated Freshman Families Weekend on Oct. 13-15 with lively discussions and opportunities for students to share their new Princeton home with family members.

Vrinda Madan (center) and her parents, Alka Madan and Atul Madan, gather for Tiger Harvest on Poe Field for food, fun and music.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications
2017 Opening Prize Winners

Princeton undergraduates honored for their academic achievements at 2017 Opening Exercises gather on Sunday, September 13, with President Christopher L. Eisgruber (standing at right) and Dean of the College Jill Dolan (standing at left). The students seated left to right are: Matthew Tyler, Kyle Berlin and Grace Sommers. The students standing left to right are: Sally Jiao and Yanjun Yang.

Photo credited to Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

PTI Portraits by Sameer Khan

The Office of the Dean of the College is pleased to announce that the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) has become part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, effective September 1, 2017. The move is intended to better support PTI’s many volunteer instructors, who teach college courses to incarcerated students. In conjunction with the organizational change, Jenny Greene has been named faculty director and Torey Wilson has been promoted to administrative director for the program.

Photo credited to Sameer Khan, Fotobuddy