Graduate Alumni/ae

Graduate alumni, we invite you to join the GradFUTURES initiative!

You can play a critical role in encouraging and inspiring current graduate students along their professional development journey by serving as role models, connectors, mentors and advocates. 

Here are just a few of the many ways you can help make a difference:

  • Join the GradFUTURES LinkedIn group to connect with over 400 graduate alumni and current graduate students.
  • Serve as a virtual panelist or facilitator at one of our professional development programs
  • Volunteer to be interviewed for an alumni career video series
  • Virtually host graduate students at your organization for an Industry Exploration Day or shadowing
  • Arrange an immersive experience at your organization such as a short-term project, fellowship or summer internship for current students
  • Volunteer to mentor graduate students
  • Connect graduate students with others in your professional network
  • Join us for the GradFUTURES Professional Development Virtual Forum in May 2021

Interested in getting involved? Please reach out via email ( or by complete the short form at the bottom of this page!


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Graduate Alumni Profiles

  • B. Ben Baldanza, *86, SPI

    The inaugural keynote speaker for the GradFUTURES Star Lessons in Leadership series, B. Ben Baldanza *86, a Princeton School of Public and...

  • Carol Barash *89, ENG

    Award-winning author, educator, and entrepreneur Carol Barash holds degrees from Yale (BA,

  • Udit Batra, *96 (CBE)

    • Udit Batra, *96 (CBE)
      • CEO, MilliporeSigma
      • Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

    Dr. Udit Batra earned a Ph.D.

  • Dan Berbecel, *19, Politics

    "I would recommend this program to any Princeton graduate student, and they will gain a lot by participating in it."
  • Natalie Berkman, *18, FIT

    "Organizing the first Grad Student Career Meetup helped me to start picturing myself doing other things, and now I am happily managing academics at a...
  • Kristin Bietsch, *15, POP

    Kristin Bietsch finished her PhD in Demography at Princeton’s Office of Population Research in 2015.  She moved to Washington D.C.

  • Zoë Buonaiuto, *18, HIS

    • Zoë Buonaiuto, *18, HIS
      • University Administrative Fellow
      • Professional Development Working Group Member
      • Mentor, Graduate Mentorship Program
    "Participating in the UAF program was one of the most formative experiences I had at Princeton. The program provided me important mentorship, a...
  • Sarah Carson, *20, HIS

    "The small-group seminar setting was fruitful for refreshing conversations that demystified how "the university" works and keyed me into current...
  • Caitlin Charos, *19, ENG

    "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...
  • Dane Christie, *19, CBE

    "If you cannot convince people of the merit of your ideas in language they can understand, you are not going anywhere, since it is impossible to...
  • Merle Eisenberg, *18, HIS

    "The Community College Teaching Partnership Program offers perhaps the best opportunity for graduate students at Princeton to develop their potential...
  • Alicia M. Ejsmond-Frey, *19, CLA

    "My department was surprised but delighted to find out that I was going to pursue a career in government, and in his introduction to my FPO the...
  • Edward P Freeland, *92 (SOC)

    Dr. Edward P.

  • Jiayue (Jenny) He, *08, ELE

    "Emotional resilience is essential for a founder. One of my undergrad professors told me, “Once you are in a Ph.D. program, it is all about the...
  • Jake Herb, *17, CHE

    Jake Herb is a Principal Scientist in the Materials and Energy Technology Group at Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI).

  • Curtis Hillegas, *02, CHE

    Curtis Hillegas is Associate CIO in Research Computing. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton in 2002. He serves as a mentor in the...

  • Patrice Jean, *99, MOL

    During graduate school, I honed my skills as a scientist, but I also learned how important it was to engage with all people from different...
  • Don Kirsch, *78, BIO

    "The Dean’s office is supportive and helpful to those who want to pursue diverse careers in industry.  In fact, Princeton invited me back to lead a...
  • Ann Kirschner, *78

    Ann Kirschner is University Professor at The City University of New York, the nation's largest urban university, and a faculty fellow at the...

  • Mallory Monaco Caterine, *13 (CLA)

    Mallory Monaco Caterine *13, Classics, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Kallion Leadership, Inc., Senior Professor of Practice in Classical...

  • Christin Monroe, *18, CHM

    "I was able to gain so much practical experience and learn about career paths that I was unfamiliar with, which led to my first job after graduate...
  • Ali Nouri, *06 (MOL)

    Dr. Ali Nouri is the President of the Federation of American Scientists. His scientific publications are in the fields of virology, cell...

  • Marina Paul, *11, MOL

    Marina Paul earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton in 2011.

  • Ann Marie Russell, *12, PSY

    "When I was in graduate school, it felt like we had two choices: an academic career or failure. The thought of voluntarily pursuing a non-academic...
  • Allison Simi, *18, CBE


  • Geneva Stein, *14, MOL

    Geneva Stein earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton in 2014. She is now an Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences at Minerva  Schools...

  • Jill Stockwell, *17, COM

    "[E]very UAF we’ve worked with has been thoughtful and passionate, and has brought new energy and ideas to our program. UAFs have made a significant...
  • John Tully, *12, CLA

    John earned his Ph.D.

  • Emre Turkoz, *19, MAE

    "I'd recommend future graduate students to take part in the UAF program [...] this is a very valuable experience for graduate students, especially...
  • Camey VanSant, *20, ENG

    Camey VanSant is Postdoctoral Fellow and Communications Lead at the Center for Digital Humanities. She earned her Ph.D. in English from Princeton...

  • Matt Weber, *09, PSY

    "Academics have more skills than they think, if they can just find the words to explain them to hiring managers. Grad students are required to write...
  • Jay Xu, *08, ARC

    "I am constantly conducting research, and while I’m not able to publish everything, I look forward to my “retirement” when I can start to synthesize...
  • Lian Zhu, *19, CBE

    "I learned to code surveys and analyze results and pursue divergent interests such as hosting a science poetry reading or helping teach technology...