Caitlin Charos, *19, ENG

University Administrative Fellow

Caitlin Charos earned a Ph.D. in English in 2019, and held two different University Administrative Fellowship positions during her time in graduate school.

"I have had the opportunity to learn from three exceptional mentors over the course of my two UAF positions. My first UAF was in the Office of Undergraduate Research, where my mentors, Pascale Poussart, Director of Undergraduate Research, and Christine Murphy, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, taught me about the multiform ways Princeton supports undergraduate and graduate students in pursuing independent research as I helped them develop the program for Princeton Research Day. I enjoyed my experience on this project so much that the following year I chose to apply for another UAF in the Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations.

My mentor there, Kelly Freidenfelds, guided me through the complex world of university funding. Working with Kelly showed me that by identifying funding initiatives and foundation funding trends, we could actually shape the direction that new research projects at Princeton took. The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, I learned, not only sustains research at Princeton: in many cases, it creates it. Since my term with her office ended, Kelly has a remained a professional and personal mentor to me, and she has provided me with extensive support as I have begun my own career search in university administration.

"As a UAF, I found the structure, skill-building, and community I was looking for to make my graduate school experience more intentional. I highly recommend the program not only to those seeking to acquire job skills but also for those on campus searching for a greater sense of purpose and voice in the university."