Starting a new tradition at Princeton
new undergraduate symposium
the days of Jonathan Dickinson to Woodrow Wilson to Shirley
Tilghman, undergraduate students have met in dorm rooms, eating
clubs, libraries, lounges, and stairwells to parley about
science, art, and politics. This intellectual culture is one
of the finest silken threads woven into the Princeton tradition.
Yet, while there
have always been vibrant informal dialogues dotting the campus
like fireflies, there has never been a formal setting for
undergraduates to present and discuss their own research findings
with their peers and classmates.
The recently formed
Princeton Materials Research Society (PMRS), an undergraduate
organization, has changed all this. The First Annual Undergraduate
Research Symposium was held May 8 at Bowen Hall.
was organized to fill an important need in Princeton's intellectual
life: interactive dialogue among student researchers,"
said PMRS's new chair, Jordan Paul Amadio '05, a physics major.
"Every year, Princeton undergraduates carry out a tremendous
number of innovative projects as part of their independent
work, and the results are usually seen only by their advisers."
The speakers were
all graduating seniors. Lavinia Ursescu, Hema Karunadasa,
Suberr Chi, Filip Crnogorac, Jacob Glass, Charles Steinhardt,
Todd Johnson, Forrest Collman, and Casey Jacobson presented
their research on topics ranging from materials science to
"I was thrilled
at the response to the symposium," Jordan said. "Students
from every walk of campus life participated. Everyone from
freshmen to seniors could be seen in the audience, representing
all stripes of science and engineering students. Professors
attended, too. Even humanities majors came!"
PMRS's hope is
that this symposium has sewn the first few stitches in a new
tapestry of tradition.
"In my eyes,
the first Undergraduate Research Symposium achieved and surpassed
its goal of genuine interdisciplinary exploration," Jordan
said. "I am confident that in future years this event
will evolve beyond even my own expectations, setting a gold
standard for undergraduate scientific dialogue at Princeton."
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