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."

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 Anthropology and Sociology from the American University in Cairo. Mai is a University Administrative Fellow in the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. Mai has done fieldwork in Cairo from 2011 to 2013 on a project…

Emilia Arguello, GS, CHM
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 Masters of Science and Engineering (MSE) candidate in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering program at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, Soha earned a BSc in Physics with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then, Soha has conducted a post-baccalaureate…

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 *23, 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: Herschel A. Rabitz, [email protected]

Camden Mentor: Robert Feudale, PhD., [email protected]

Elisabeth Bloom, GS, FIT

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French & Italian. Before coming to Princeton, I received a Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, with a double major in French language and literature. I have been performing as a cellist and a singer since the age of eight, and I have played at Carnegie Hall…

Anna Blue, GS, SPIA
Graduate Student, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Anna Blue is currently a graduate student in Public Affairs at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, where she studies issues at the intersection of democracy and technology. Before arriving at Princeton, Anna worked in international crisis management for Meta for three years. Her other work experience includes…

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 about changes in motivation for cognitive and physical effort in depression, utilizing the Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. At Princeton I served on the Graduate Student Government Executive board and spent 3 years advocating for graduate students, then I joined local government and…

Kathryn (Kate) Carpenter, GS

I study and write about the history of science, technology, and the environment. I’m especially intrigued by the ways that all three intersect, and how the use of technology changes the way humans think about their environments. I am currently working on a history of tornado science and storm chasing.

I am interested in writing and…

Joyce Chen, GS, MUS
Princeton Graduate Student, Department of Music

A native of Taiwan, Joyce Chen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Humanities at Princeton University. Under the guidance of Wendy Heller, Joyce is currently working on her dissertation, “Musica Experientia/Experimentum: Acoustics, Aesthetics, and Artisanal Knowledge in the…

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 with the Financials Team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.

Working with André Benhaim, she is interested in the obsolescence of urban space, considering how contemporary…

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."
Kailyn Cohen, GS, CHM
University Administrative Fellow

Kailyn Cohen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. Her research is on the transformation of carbon dioxide to other useful feedstocks using electro- and photochemistry. Kailyn is a University Administrative Fellow. Her interests outside of lab include poetry, miniature painting, and creative writing, as well as creating new…

Renee Congdon, GS, SPA POR

Renee is a PhD student in the Spanish and Portuguese department, in her 3rd year of the program. She studies the culture and cultural productions of contemporary Spain, with a special interest in sensory studies and sensory history. Renee has taught SPA 101 and is co-teaching SPA 227 this semester, as well as shadowing a tenured Spanish…

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 the Ottoman and German war experiences during World War I. She was a University Administrative Fellow in Graduate School's Trailblazers Beyond the Tenure Track Series.

"What fascinates me…

Clarissa Ding, GS, CHE
Professional Development Working Group Member

Clarissa Ding is a PhD candidate in Chemistry, where she studies the structure and dynamics of catalytic materials using computational methods and neural network. In addition to research, she enjoys reading, painting and working on data science projects.

"GradFUTURES professional development newsletters always have a wealth of…

William Dingee, GS, Classics

I'm a graduate student in the Classics department with research interests in Latin literature and responses to the ancient world in modern times. I love teaching, reading, and writing. In my free time, I run a radio show on WPRB.

"During the long and challenging years of graduate school, it is relatively easy for students to get…

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 interning with the cell therapy team at MilliporeSigma before starting graduate school here at Princeton.

"As an incoming first year student with limited prior industry experience, this…

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.

Anthie Georgiadi, GS, ENG
Graduate Student, Department of English

Anthie Georgiadi joined Princeton’s English Department in 2020. She received both her BA in English Language and Literature and her MA in Comparative Literary Studies with an emphasis on Classical Greek and Anglophone literature(s) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. 

She is mostly interested in…

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."

Rose Guingrich, GS, PSY
Professional Development Associate

Rose Guingrich is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology. She studies human-AI interaction through the lens of social psychology and social policy. Specifically, she is conncerned with the ethical implications of conversational AI on human relationships. 

"I've always had a variety of interests and wondered how I…

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 2017-2018. In 2018, she joined the PhD program in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton. While her dissertation centers on ritual and violence in ancient Judaism, she also explores the role…

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"
Shannon Hoffman, GS, CBE
Professional Development Associate

Shannon is a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her research lies at the intersection of sustainability and biology, with a key focus on producing proteins that we typically source from animals using engineered yeast instead. She's originally from Ohio and earned her Bachelors of Chemical Engineering from…

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, I love growing my network and learning from other Princeton alums here in Europe who have gone in exciting directions.

I recently completed a University Administrative Fellowship with the…

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 Administrative Fellow (UAF) in Collection Development at the Princeton University Library, where she was mentored by Patty Gaspari-Bridges, Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development.

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."
Anna Jacobson, GS, QCB
President, Princeton Citizen Scientists

I am a third-year graduate student in the department of Quantitative and Computational Biology. Most of my work is done in collaboration with the ZERO Lab in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I do optimization of energy systems models; currently, I aim to make these models faster and more accurate through mathematical…

Sophie Jiang *22, 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 Administrative Fellow in the Survey Research Center.

Margaret Kurkoski, GS, ART

A scholar of Roman art and Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, Margaret Kurkoski is primarily focused on the relationship between architecture and décor at ancient villas. Drawing from textual and archaeological sources, her work investigates how individual decisions concerning properties, whether enacted by patrons, architects, or…

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 graduate student in Psychology. She works with Casey Lew-Williams and Adele Goldberg, studying how social cues facilitate word learning in children. Her favorite science book is Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg.

"I'm excited to explore the options available at Princeton to further my…

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! "
Anran Li, GS, MOL
University Administrative Fellow
"I really appreciate the support provided by the GradFUTURES community!" 
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."
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."

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