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


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?"

Starting this fall, the Program in Music Theatre was established in collaboration with the Program in Theater, the Program in Dance and the Department of Music.

Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research

Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCURs), is a cohort of sophomore, junior, and senior students who blog about all things related to the research experience.

Image of student artwork and Monet painting

Anya Klepikov, a lecturer in Theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts and a New York based set and costume designer, offered an exciting new freshman seminar this spring: “Creative Exploration of Color in Life and Artistic Expressions”.