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Key topics: Understand professional standards of ethics and research integrity Use digital technologies and programming languages Leverage data visualization tools Apply socially-engaged research methods to promote the social good Develop and manage budgets Upcoming Events Oct 3 Using Tools to Create Models in QGIS Oct 3, 2023, 1:30 pm Location View location on My PrincetonU Oct 3 Removing the Tedium from Your Research Workflow Oct 3, 2023, 4:30 pm Location View location on My PrincetonU Oct 4 Introduction to ArcGIS Oct 4, 2023, 10:30 am Location View location on My PrincetonU Oct 4 Introduction to Digital Exhibitions: Digital Storytelling with a Content Management System Oct 4, 2023, 11:00 am Location View location on My PrincetonU Oct 4 Using ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro Oct 4, 2023, 1:30 pm Location View location on My PrincetonU Oct 4 Getting Started with Machine Learning in Python Oct 4, 2023, 4:30 pm Location RSVP on My PrincetonU to see location View All Events “The most valuable and—quite frankly—profitable skill set I acquired in graduate school is easily data management and analysis. Not just statistical analysis, but a general comfort and facility with making sense of large sets of data. This is the direction that society is heading in and I would encourage all graduate students to try to get some exposure to it. If you don’t consider yourself to be a math or a numbers person, you’re in good company because neither do I—or most people—I have found. But, I absolutely adore analyzing data because it’s about investigating relationships between variables or factors. It’s a quantitative way of getting at qualitative questions of interest.” –Ann Marie Russell *12, PSY, Associate Provost for Data and Analytics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Featured Programs & Opportunities The American Library in Paris Social Impact Fellowship Gain Experience Structured Problem-Solving like Consultants Rita Allen Foundation Social Impact Fellowship Office of the Dean for Research UAF Skills for the 21st Century Scholar Ethics of AI Learning Cohort "As a graduate student, you know you’ve accumulated a certain set of skills. But you don’t always see how those skills translate beyond the daily grind of graduate school. Through my GradFUTURES Fellowship, I saw how research, data analysis, and communication skills could be leveraged beyond a classroom or dissertation, both in professional and public spaces." –Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL Resources Center for Digital Humanities The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together researchers, students, teachers and software developers to engage in technical and scholarly innovation. The CDH helps foster a vibrant digital humanities community among Princeton’s graduate students. We train graduate students in innovative computational analysis, research, and project management skills, and offer opportunities for scholarly and professional growth. Fellowship and funding opportunities are available. Council on Science and Technology The CST is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff who work to advance STEM literacy across Princeton University and beyond through rigorous course development, creative interdisciplinary programming, and robust educational research. By developing strong collaborations across disciplines, the CST seeks to ensure that all members of the Princeton University community, regardless of their background, experience, or discipline, can engage with, appreciate, and apply science in their everyday lives, in their careers, and in society. Data-Driven Social Science Initiative The Data Driven Social Science Initiative was established at Princeton University in 2018 with the aim of developing and sharing new methods for quantitative and computational social science. Our goal is to build a community of researchers who share a collective body of knowledge on analytic techniques, novel sources of data, paths for building partnerships with outside organizations, and procedures for safeguarding privacy and maintaining the highest possible standards for data security. We offer two types of funding for innovative quantitative research, depending on the scope and technical requirements of the project. We invite large-scale grant proposals twice a year. Small-scale grant applications are considered on a rolling basis. Office of Information Technology (OIT) OIT is committed to technology support and innovation that enables Princeton to achieve its mission: to advance learning through scholarship, research, and teaching of unsurpassed quality. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to OIT's Summer Internship program. With eight major departments, we offer students the opportunity to explore and gain professional experience in a variety of technical and administrative roles. Office of the Dean for Research From the advancement of mathematical theory and sociological understanding to the development of cleaner-burning fuels and novel electronic devices, research at Princeton aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and improve societal well-being. The Dean for Research and the offices that report to the Dean are deeply committed to supporting the University's research community and enabling Princeton's scholars to do their best work. Princeton Innovation Princeton Innovation is a campus-wide initiative that aims to benefit humanity through innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff researchers, students and alums combine the pursuit of curiosity-driven knowledge with the desire to solve the major challenges of our time. Princeton Innovation nurtures this enterprising spirit through our programs, spaces and relationships. We support the Princeton community in their innovation and entrepreneurial goals as they translate their discoveries and inventions into technologies and services that have a positive impact on society. Programs for graduate students include: teaching, coaching and education; entrepreneurship and venture assistance; funding and recognition; and assistance with patents and tech transfer. Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) PICSciE is an interdisciplinary institute designed to bring together faculty and researchers from diverse backgrounds leveraging their broad expertise to address new and relevant computational problems and thereby contribute to the body of scientific knowledge. PICSciE provides state-of-the-art computing and visualization facilities in collaboration with the Office of Information Technology’s Research Computing, academic departments, and institutional partners. Above all, PICSciE hopes to be of service to the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students doing computational research on campus. Princeton Research Computing Computational modeling and analysis has firmly established itself as the third pillar of scientific research, while at the same time the humanities and social sciences have been relying increasingly on information technology to carry out research. Princeton has positioned itself well to excel in this new era, building a centralized infrastructure to support the faculty and researchers with their increasing computational and digital data needs. Princeton Research Computing is a collaborative effort led by the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Research Computing, in partnership with academic departments. Princeton Research Data Service Princeton Research Data Service (PRDS) provides Princeton’s diverse research community with expert services and infrastructure to store, manage, retain, and curate digital research data, and to make their digital research data available to the broader network of academic researchers, as well as the general public. We provide consultations, training, and data curation services to researchers throughout the life cycle of research projects, working with them to make the process of data management and storage as seamless as possible with their current research practices. Princeton Research Day Princeton Research Day (PRD) is a celebratory event for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other early career scholars to present their work to the campus community and beyond. Held annually, the event’s program includes research from all four divisions and features scholarship, research and creative works. Presenters communicate the broader impacts of their work to a general audience. The Mainstage event highlights selected presentations and brings together in-person and virtual attendees to celebrate research achievements. View All Resources Related Stories & News GradFUTURES Forum Emphasizes Equity and Innovation in Professional Development From March 27-April 1, Princeton’s professional development team hosted the fourth-annual GradFUTURES Forum. This six-day conference offered 27 unique sessions, including skill-based workshops, alumni panels, and networking receptions. The sessions catered to graduate students, and all events were free and open to the broader graduate education… Academic, government, industry, and nonprofit leaders to headline Graduate School's 4th annual professional development conference GradFUTURES Forum 2023 offers opportunities for graduate students to explore professional pathways, discover internships, and connect with mentors. The event will be held on campus March 27- April 1, with virtual options also available. With engaging keynote speakers, skill-building workshops, and networking sessions,… Graduate students and postdocs exercise creative thinking in Night Science workshops during Wintersession The GradFUTURES® professional development initiative within the graduate school hosted Dr. Itai Yanai (Professor, NYU School of Medicine) and Dr. Martin Lercher (Professor, Heinrich Heine University), co-creators of the Night Science initiative. Social Impact Fellowship Program Empowers Graduate Students to Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute at XPRIZE As a doctoral student in history, I never imagined that I might collaborate with astronauts and spacecraft engineers. With Princeton’s Social Impact fellowship, however, I spent the summer supporting the future of space technology with industry experts. As a visioneering fellow at the XPRIZE Foundation, I attended several months of… Trailblazers Beyond the Tenure Track: Jay Xu *08 (ART) "The museum really exists in the interface between academia and the general public. Everything we do is based on the best scholarship and often the curators’ job is to translate that scholarship into the most engaging, relevant, and appealing form for the general public. This translation carries the function of the museum beyond that of the research institute. It is an institution with a special emphasis on serving the public." Trailblazers Beyond the Tenure Track: Ingeborg Rocker *10 (Art and Architecture) "Years into being an industry executive, I do not think about a life “beyond or after academia,” I rather think these days about a life in conjunction with academia. At this point – given the worldwide challenges we are all facing, a strong collaborative innovation effort is needed to link government, higher education, and industry. I often ask myself: how do we achieve collaboration across these different groups? And how do we do so in a way that is truly a circular economy, which would have a different set of values than just monetary success. Within this context, I strongly believe that PhDs coming out of Princeton are prepared to help create the change we need." GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Spotlight: Noel Park (GS, Molecular Biology) "The GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship with TechUnited NJ was specifically catered to my interest in tech and healthcare startups. I worked closely with the CEO to craft a fellowship that was helpful and productive for both parties. I gathered insight on the innovation landscape of New Jersey in many fields spanning from biotech to transportation, with specific focus on healthcare and clean energy. It was a great opportunity to link with people from various industries, work with a small team driven by a great mission of empowering innovation within the state." GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Spotlight: Isla Xi Han (GS, Architecture) “Professional work experience can be an essential complement to academic experience in grad school; it helps develop workplace competencies, expand industrial insights, and boost personal development. GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship offered me a perfect opportunity to combine my analytical skill set and passion for tech development in a real-world context, where I developed a white paper evaluating the technology ecosystem in NJ for the non-profit economic development organization, Choose New Jersey.” GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Spotlight: Elaine Tsui (GS, Chemistry) "It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. My advice for graduate students is that it’s never too early to proactively explore other career options or to develop a new set of skills. Even for students who want to pursue academia, it’s exciting to try something you haven’t done before. You never know what you’ll learn or what new perspective you’ll gain." GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship Spotlight: Margaret Kurkoski (GS, Art & Archeology) "At Reveal Digital, I never feel like ‘just’ an intern—I am a valuable researcher on my team. We collaborated to build new collections of primary sources that will help researchers, instructors and students in the humanities access thought-provoking new materials. My qualitative research skills have allowed me to contribute to these exciting projects, and evaluate their broader impact on the field. This experience has given me a strong foundation for incorporating the digital humanities into my future academic career."