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


On February 7, 2017, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed back Dr. Alison Gammie, director of the Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity at the National Institutes of Health and a former Princeton faculty member, for a talk entitled, “Widening the Pipeline: Inclusive Teaching for a Diverse Scientific Workforce.”

Solveig Gold and Marisa Salazar have been named co-winners of the University's 2017 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They were recognized for their accomplishments at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, February 25, 2017. Solveig's and Marisa’s remarks from the luncheon are below. Marisa delivered her remarks in English and in American Sign Language; her fellow student, Briana Christophers ‘17 translated and delivered Marisa's remarks in Spanish.

Solveig Gold on left (photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

Marisa Salazar on right (photo by Momo Wolapaye, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students)

by Sara Vantournhout, University Administrative Fellow

Close to two hundred Princetonians and Trentonians braved the stormy weather on the night of Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to attend the premiere of The Trenton Project’s student films at Trenton Artworks. The Fall 2016 undergraduate course URB 202, “Documentary Film and the City,” culminated in six student documentaries for The Trenton Project, a partnership between Princeton University and Trenton residents, institutions, and community partners that aims to document how the past, present, and future are interwoven in Trenton’s tapestry.

(Photo credited to Fotobuddy Photography)

SIFP Reunion

The Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) empowers undergraduates, particularly those from first-gen and low-income backgrounds, to thrive at Princeton. The program was launched by the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) in fall 2015 to provide mentorship opportunities, academic enrichment, and a support network of students, faculty and staff.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan O'Mara for SIFP)

In the Digital Learning Lab, faculty and students learn how to integrate technology into learning and research. (Photo from Video by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications) Tucked in a corner on the first floor of Lewis Library is a state-of-the-art space where faculty can transform how they teach and students can expand the ways and skills they learn. The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a multimedia center that supports creative teaching and learning at Princeton.

Science of Mythbusters Freshman Seminar

In the freshman seminar "The Science of Mythbusters," Professor Joshua Shaevitz and 15 students delve more deeply into the applicability of the scientific method in understanding a vast range of real-world problems, and into the practical acquisition of fact-based knowledge, which together form the cornerstone of all science.

(Image from video by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications)

How has Princeton University historically been connected to the institution of slavery? Does your zip code determine your health outcomes? Can we map the historical and current cultural and political life of Princeton and Trenton?

These are questions being addressed this year through the Freshman Seminars in Service and Civic Engagement. This pilot program, a collaboration between the Freshman Seminars Program, the Community-Based Learning Initiative, Whitman College, and partners in the community, brings courses with a substantial service or civic engagement component to the Freshman Seminar program.

In anticipation of this year’s Princeton Research Day (PRD) application cycle, three students who participated in PRD last year shared their experiences. Allison Simi, a graduate student in CBE who won the Gold Research Talk Award last year, PCUR alumni Stacey Huang ’16 who presented an electrical engineering project, and Jared Lockwood ’19, the only freshman to present were interviewed by Vidushi Sharma, humanities correspondent. To read more about this, please visit this site.

Photo: Kujegi Camara ’16 presents work at the first annual Princeton Research Day

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this new course offering, which will be available in Spring 2017, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields – Creative Writing, Visual Art, Theater, Dance, and Music.

On September 26th, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning welcomed Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Professor and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, for a talk titled “What Makes Teaching and Learning Inclusive?"