Current Student Stories

Avery Agles, GS, CBE
University Administrative Fellow
"My experience has totally transformed my idea of academia into a place where meaningful change and empowerment can happen."
Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO
Professional Development Working Group Member
"I've been most appreciative of the stimulating conversations that have motivated me to pursue research topics I would have never otherwise considered."
Mai Alkhamissi, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow

Mai K. Alkhamissi is a second-year PhD student with an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths and a BA in…

Emilia Arguello, GS, Chemistry
Community College Teaching Fellow

"I am excited to participate in this fellowship to experience the personal connections – both as a mentee and as a mentor – that only a genuine teaching setting can offer.”

Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
"[T]his experience helped me form meaningful working relationships with other historians, and has been helpful in framing my prospectus for my dissertation. I am still exploring both academic and non-academic career tracks, and this internship experience was helpful in seeing what possibilities there were for a career outside of academia."
Soha Aslam, *20, MAE
Pathways with a Ph.D. Participant

Soha Aslam earned a…

Joseph Avery, GS, PSY
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
"I learned a lot, I met other students with similar interests, and I formed lasting relationships with experts in the respective fields."
Yuzhou Bai, GS, EAS
Professional Development Associate

"I'm excited to support my fellow Ph.D.s in at least two ways: to highlight recent job market trends and consult on new career options for graduate students and to use career outcome data to illuminate the diverse career paths of our graduate alumni. Feel free to reach out through e-mail or LinkedIn!"

John Barr, GS, CHM
Community College Teaching Fellow

John Barr is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and a 2020 Community College Teaching Fellow at Camden County College.

Princeton Advisor:…

Sarah Marie Bruno, GS Physics
"The Pathways with a PhD Bootcamp helped me gain a renewed sense of purpose and energy in my graduate studies."
Laura Bustamente, GS, NEU
GradFUTURES Forum Speaker

My current research is…

Sophie Chopin, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow

Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. She also participated as a University Administrative Fellowship…

Janet Chow, GS, ENG
Community College Teaching Fellow
"The Community College Teaching Fellowship completely changed the way I think about accessibility and pedagogy, for which I’ll always be deeply thankful."
Duygu Coskuntuna, GS, NES
University Administrative Fellow

Duygu Coskuntuna is a Ph.D candidate at Near Eastern Studies, and holds a M.A in History from Boğaziçi University. Her current research focus is…

Clarissa Ding, GS, CHE
Professional Development Working Group Member

Clarissa Ding is a PhD…

Elizabeth Durham, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow
"My UAF with Princeton Writes has been a wonderful venue for examining the issue of efficacy in communication and the role of effective communication in fostering a lively university community."
Nikita Dutta, GS, MAE
University Administrative Fellow
"Effective education and outreach are important to me as a scientist, so it’s exciting to have designated time in the week to devote to them through the UAF."
Anna Eddelbuettel Hancock, GS, CBE

I graduated in May 2020 with my B.S. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. I spent the summer after my graduation…

Saadia El Karfi, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow
As a UAF "I get to work on issues and topics that are meaningful to me as an international student, as a woman, and as an academic."
Nicholas Garcia
University Administrative Fellow

Nicholas Garcia is a PhD student in Chemistry and a University Administrative Fellow in PRISM.

Rebecca Giblon, GS, HIS
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
"The mix of faculty, administrators, and students from a variety of disciplines provide a wide range of perspectives on how the higher education system works."
Julia Grummit, GS, HIS
University Administrative Fellow
“Along with the practical skills I’ve learned through my work in the Center for Digital Humanities, the UAF fellowship has provided me with a better sense of how the University functions as a whole, offering insight into roles beyond the classroom.”
Lynne Guey, GS, SPIA

"One of my projects as a Responsible AI Institute GradFUTURES Fellow involved assisting the Department of Defense with a project to integrate responsible AI practices into its procurement process. This opportunity gave me the chance to direct my graduate studies towards helping an institution with a relatively under-the-radar but pressing issue."

Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL
GradFUTURES Fellow

After completing a BS at Rochester College and MTS and ThM at Emory University, Rebekah Haigh became a Fulbright Fellow at Hebrew University in…

Hasan Hameed, GS, HIS
University Administrative Fellow
"I've gotten to interact with people in departments as diverse as Professional Development and the Office of Undergraduate Student Life, giving me a much more nuanced sense of the complexity of the University and the range of different departments involved in serving the student community"
Max Horder, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow

I'm a fourth year graduate student working on Brexit and populism in the United Kingdom, where I am currently based. Whilst conducting fieldwork,…

Brandon Hunter-Pazzara, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow
"Overall, the experience gave me insight into thinking about the university as an institution and the processes involved in creating new resources and programming for students."
Annemarie Iker, GS, ART
University Administrative Fellow

A Ph.D. candidate in Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, Annemarie Iker studies modern European art. She was a University…

Cory Isaacs, GS, SPI
University Administrative Fellow
"My time as a UAF is helping me become a better teammate and better understand the relationship between people and the organizations within which people operate."
Sophie Jiang, GS, ARC
Professional Development Associate
The "UAF experience has deepened my understanding of multidisciplinary and multicultural communication."
Honchan "Sonny" Kim, GS, POL
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant
"I really enjoyed thinking through these important issues in a room full of people from different disciplines. I learned a lot from our interdisciplinary conversations."
Anne Kuhnen, *20, SPI
University Administrative Fellow

Anne Kuhnen earned an M.P.A. student in Economic Policy in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and served as a University…

Robbie LeDesma, GS, MOL
Research on the Road Participant
“Research on the Road” is a fantastic science communication/public speaking event that taught me a lot about how to think about my own work when presenting to a broad audience."
Crystal Lee, GS, PSY
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Speaker

Crystal is a second year…

Annabel S. Lemma, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate
"What programmings do you want to see from the Professional Development office? I am always happy to listen to your inputs and discuss ways in which we all can better shape our futures. Feel free to email me or connect on LinkedIn! "
Beryl Li, GS, CHM
University Administrative Fellow
"The UAF has been a great platform to offer insight into the intricate gears that run a university."
Steven Li, GS, MAE
The Pathways with a PhD Bootcamp "provided a sense that our future, whatever it may be, is supported by Princeton."
Athena Li, GS, MOL
University Administrative Fellow
"This is a place filled with excitement, energy, and enthusiasm. Great and meaningful connections are forged here every day. It is my great pleasure to be part of it to help satisfy the needs of graduate students, departments, and alumni alike and be a resource for all."
Anran Li, GS, MOL
University Administrative Fellow
"I really appreciate the support provided by the GradFUTURES community!" 
Yidian Liu
University Administrative Fellow

My name is Yidian Liu. I am currently a M.Arch Post-professional student. My UAF is at CAUI (Center for Architecture, Urbanism and…

Larry Liu
University Administrative Fellow
"I am very grateful to GradFUTURES for providing current graduate students the opportunity to learn from professionals in higher education administration and thereby learn new skills and acquire new networks that are useful inside and outside of the academy."
Shelby Lohr, GS, HIS
Professional Development Associate

I'm a storyteller and media enthusiast pursuing a PhD in American History. Outside of doctoral work, I've studied comedy writing and creative writing. I'm interested in harnessing the narrative tools often reserved for fiction and film to craft compelling public-facing content inspired by research.

James C. Loy, GS, PHY
Professional Development Associate

James C. Loy is a Ph.D. student in Physics, and a Professional Development Associate charged with working primarily on initiatives for…

Victoria Luu, GS, GEO
University Administrative Fellow Alumni/ae
"This experience in creating bridges across different stakeholders and developing systematic solutions helped me to secure a prestigious marine policy fellowship in D.C., where I can continue building upon the skills I started developing in my UAF!"
Elena M'Bouroukounda, GS, ARC
University Administrative Fellow
"Through this fellowship, I have gained a new perspective on how administrators can be mediators between academics and segmented academic departments and progressive pedagogical practice."
Cate Mahoney, *20, ENG
University Administrative Fellow
"In the spring I will teach my first class, and I'm super excited! I've found working with John and Stephanie to be like working with old friends."
Elizaveta Mankovskaia, GS, SLA
University Administrative Fellow
"My UAF has been a fantastically useful and inspiring experience! [...] The part I especially enjoy is thinking about how to take advantage of the impressive statistics testifying to Princeton leadership in the field of financial aid and at the same time convey a human story behind the numbers."
Ian McKeachie, GS, PHI

Ian McKeachie is a doctoral candidate in the philosophy department, working on the history of philosophy. His research focuses on Immanuel Kant,…

Ian McKeachie, GS, PHI
Community College Teaching Fellow

Ian McKeachie is a graduate student in the Princeton philosophy department. He works primarily on Immanuel Kant's philosophy of causation, with…

Isabela Muci Barradas, GS, ART
GradFUTURES Learning Cohort Participant

I am a Ph.D. candidate at…

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