2023 Clio Hall Award Recipients to be Honored at the GradFUTURES Forum

March 28, 2023

"The GradFUTURES Initiative is led by the Graduate School, but it is truly fueled by a robust ecosystem of campus partners, faculty, alumni, graduate student leaders, and industry partners. Based on their collective and individual contributions, every one of this year's Clio Hall Award honorees has helped ensure that Princeton's holistic approach to graduate student professional development is innovative, inclusive, and integrative-- and most of all, intrinsic to every graduate students' experience." -- Eva Kubu, associate dean for professional development and director of GradFUTURES

Each year, The Clio Hall Awards are presented by the Graduate School's professional development team to faculty, staff, graduate alumni, and graduate students in recognition of significant contributions to the professional development of Princeton graduate students. The criteria include outstanding collaboration and partnership with the Graduate School and the GradFUTURES team to create or expand professional development resources and programs and/or to elevate the visibility and impact of professional development for graduate students. A committee reviews nominations submitted from across campus, and the award is presented each year at the GradFUTURES Forum. 

The award takes its name from Clio Hall--a landmark building at the University, which was built more than 125 years ago (1893), and is the home of the Graduate School’s administrative offices. The award itself is a miniature replica of Clio Hall, a Greek-revival style building. The Clio Hall Award--a 3D-printed replica of Clio Hall, home of the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School--has been produced with the generous support of the Council on Science and Technology. 


A range of faculty, staff, graduate alumni and graduate students, the 2023 Clio Hall Awardees selected by the Clio Hall Award committee are:

 

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Andrew Finn *23 (English)

Andrew Finn recently finished a Ph.D. in English, focusing on late medieval religious literature and critical theory. During his PhD, Andrew was also a dedicated campus leader, working closely with a wide range of faculty, administrators, and staff to develop programs, policies, and initiatives that support graduate students across the disciplines. He is the immediate past president of the Graduate Student Government and a former University Administrative Fellow with both Princeton Research Day and the Department of English. In collaboration with Josh Kotin and James Van Wyck, he worked to revamp communications processes within his home department. His legacy at Princeton also includes the creation of the Buddies Mentoring Program. He also served on the English Department’s Graduate Action Committee as the Academic Affairs Chair, on GSG as Academic Affairs Chair, and on the Wintersession Advisory Committee. He is a recipient of the Princeton University Service Award for exceeding the typical expectations of Graduate Student Government Executive Board members in helping Princeton University tackle the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Anne-Marie Maman

Anne-Marie Maman '84 (Princeton Entrepreneurship Council)

Anne-Marie Maman is the Executive Director of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC). She has been a key partner to GradFUTURES since its inception in 2019, meeting with the staff and graduate students regularly to brainstorm and develop impactful programs to meet students' evolving interests in entrepreneurship. She helped the Graduate School define the competencies of entrepreneurship and innovation and, along with her entire team at the PEC, is always looking for opportunities to connect graduate students to the innovation ecosystem. During the pandemic, Anne-Marie launched two entrepreneurship boot camps that continue to educate and inspire budding graduate student founders -- and these experiences have helped launch several graduate student-founded start-ups. Taking an innovative approach to encouraging Humanities graduate students to apply entrepreneurial and growth mindsets,  Anne-Marie played an integral role in designing the Humanities Trek/ Expedition series in the summer of 2022 for incoming graduate students to explore ways that humanities PhDs contribute to innovation across myriad fields. In addition to developing cutting-edge programs, Anne-Marie regularly meets with graduate students to introduce them to alumni -- and to the many other mentors and resources they will need to bring their ideas to market. 

 

Denise Valenti

Denise Valenti (Office of Communications)

Denise Valenti is a staff writer for the Office of Communications and the Princeton University homepage and has written many news, feature and research stories highlighting graduate students. During the start-up phase of GradFUTURES, when the team was convening graduate students, campus partners, and alumni to better understand the campus landscape of support for professional development, Denise attended every "think tank" meeting and began documenting our journey. She wrote the first piece for the homepage in the fall of 2019 entitled, "Graduate School reimagines professional development for graduate students"-- and has written nearly a dozen more since then, always highlighting graduate students' unique interests and the impact professional development has had in their lives. A longtime journalist, Denise embedded with the team and even joined site visits to experience the programs first-hand through the eyes of a graduate student using a humanistic storytelling approach. Through her writing, Denise has not only elevated the imperative of graduate student professional development at Princeton and beyond, but has also contributed to shaping the story in significant ways as an adviser to our learning cohorts on podcasting, digital media, and the public humanities. Always willing to share her expertise, she recently volunteered to offer a workshop on writing for the web for the Graduate School staff as a way to ensure our communications resonated with a graduate student audience. Denise also regularly serves as a mentor to graduate students interested in refining their public profile as a scholar or researcher.

 

Kevin (Ke) Xu

Kevin Xu, GS, CBE

Kevin is a Ph.D. student in chemical and biological engineering and a former professional development associate on the GradFUTURES team liaising with departments in the engineering division. During the pandemic, Kevin helped launch our virtual meetup series to connect graduate students with graduate alums across the engineering divisions-- and assisted with programs geared at helping graduate students gain business skills training. He continued to collaborate with the Graduate School long after he left his role as a professional development associate, and remains passionate about supporting graduate students in exploring career options and building core competencies for successful careers through hands-on experience. Most recently, as an officer for the Graduate Student Consulting Club, Kevin collaborated with the GradFUTURES team to launch several faculty-led workshops designed to teach structured problem-solving and consulting skills and actively curates experiential learning opportunities for graduate students interested in consulting, such as CASE competitions and projects.

 

Kristy Novak

Kristy Novak, Graduate Program Administrator, History and History of Science

An unflagging supporter and key partner to graduate students and faculty members alike, Kristy manages the Ph.D. programs in two departments: History and History of Science, where she also supervises the progress of enrolled students. Prior to joining the Department of History, Kristy worked in graduate admissions at Drew University from 2006-2011. Kristy's dedication to leadership is clear: she earned the Management Development Certificate through the Office of Human Resources (2012) and is a recipient of the Tiger Award from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (2017). Current graduate students and graduate alumni noted Kristy's generosity of spirit, her ability to marshal resources, and her empathetic leadership.

 

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Laura Murray (McGraw Center)

In her work at the McGraw Center, Laura leads a program to support graduate students to learn and thrive while at Princeton. She says her favorite part of this role is engaging directly with emerging scholars to help them identify and work toward authentic goals while cultivating a sense of purpose and meaning both within the academy and beyond it. Laura has collaborated with the GradFUTURES team on the mentorship program orientation, offering her expertise and evidence-based methods to develop mentee learning goals and objectives to ensure that each graduate student was prepared to engage and make the most of the mentor-mentee relationship. She's moderated panels on mentorship and recently interviewed a keynote speaker on the topic of cultivating creativity and building resilience at the GradFUTURES Forum.

 

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Meredith Martin (Professor of English and Faculty Director, Center for Digital Humanities).

Meredith Martin is the Faculty Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton which started under her leadership in 2014. She is one of the strongest advocates for GradFUTURES and for diverse careers for graduate students, and frequently partners with GradFUTURES and other campus partners to support and empower graduate students. For example, she was instrumental in co-creating the How We Work Series with GradFUTURES, an event series centered around the theme of academic work, which asks: what does it mean to work in “alternative” academia? What does it mean to pursue “traditional” academic jobs in today’s changing educational landscape? Breaking down the barrier between traditional and alternative, the series invites CDH staffers and postdocs to have open and honest conversations about their jobs, how they got there, and how they get them done. She has also mentored numerous University Administrative Fellows and hosted fellows at the Center for Digital Humanities.

 

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Jim Scully *03 (Economics), Managing Director, Accenture Strategy 

Over the years, Jim Scully has been a featured speaker at many professional development programs at Princeton and frequently shares his insights, advice, and expertise with current graduate students. In the summer of 2022, Jim volunteered to serve as the primary facilitator for the inaugural Business Skills in Academia & Beyond Learning Cohort, (a collaboration between the Graduate School and the Darden School of Business at UVA). Leveraging his extensive experience as a strategy consultant, Jim helped GradFUTURES tailor the sessions to explore case studies from academia, government, nonprofit and for-profit organizations using a “business and society” approach to understand how individuals and organizations create socially responsible business practices and social impact. Jim facilitated case studies and active learning of skills and topics addressed by the cohort such as strategy development, inclusive leadership, ethical decision-making, building and assessing value, communications and storytelling, innovation, and change management. 


All members of campus are invited to recognize and celebrate each of the honorees’ many contributions to graduate professional development at the Clio Hall Award Reception on Friday, March 31st at 4PM in the Frick Atrium (immediately following the Internship/Fellowship Fair).