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SIFP helps first-gen, low-income students thrive at Princeton

Fifteen percent of Princeton freshmen are among the first in their families to attend college, and 21 percent are eligible for federal Pell grants for low-income students. Twelve years ago, 6 percent were first-gen and 7 percent were Pell-eligible. This is where the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) comes in. SIFP is among various University resources that empower undergraduates, particularly those from first-gen and low-income backgrounds, to thrive at Princeton. The program was launched by the Office of the Dean of the College (ODOC) in fall 2015 to provide mentorship opportunities, academic enrichment, and a support network of students, faculty and staff.

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Q&A with Singer: A philosopher on his craft and practicing it at Princeton

Princeton's Peter Singer, one of the world's best known philosophers, answers questions about  philosophy, teaching at Princeton and his latest book, "Ethics in the Real World."

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How temperature guides where species live and where they'll go

A Princeton University-based study could prove significant in answering among the most enduring questions for ecologists: Why do species live where they do, and what are the factors that keep them there? The ranges of animals in the world's temperate mountain areas — often presumed to be determined by competition — may actually be determined more by temperature and habitat, the researchers report. The findings indicate that species living in temperate mountain habitats — particularly in the northern latitudes — could face even greater repercussions from climate change than previously thought.

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PURE offers students outlet to explore rock music

The Princeton University Rock Ensemble (PURE) is a student ensemble dedicated to the performance of rock music. The group has approximately 30 undergraduates who perform two concerts a year in Frist Campus Center's Film/Performance Theatre, in addition to smaller showcases on campus.

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Race for profits: Taylor's research on '70s urban housing crisis exposes a familiar history

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor earned her doctorate and published her dissertation, "Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s," in 2013. She began as a faculty member at Princeton the following year, and she continues her work as an activist through her writing, lectures and community involvement. She is now writing a book about her housing research.

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Teaching with technology: The possibilities of learning

Tucked in a corner on the first floor of Lewis Library is a state-of-the-art space where faculty can transform how they teach and students can expand the ways and skills they learn. The Digital Learning Lab (DLL) is a multimedia center that supports creative teaching and learning at Princeton.

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Framing a worldview: Students explore globalization at São Paulo Bienal

This fall semester, Princeton students in the course "Contemporary Art: The World Picture" examined how large-scale art exhibitions challenge and transform the way we look at the world. A key component of the class was a fall break trip to Brazil to visit the 32nd São Paulo Bienal.

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Writing environmental ruin, or how to write an obituary for an embattled planet

In an effort to merge the humanities with environmental consciousness, Princeton University professors Göran Blix, associate professor of French and Italian, and Rob Nixon, professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute, use literature and the arts to bring the long-term natural and social fallout of environmental ruin to life for students.

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'The Science of Mythbusters': A freshman seminar

Professor Joshua Shaevitz's freshman seminar, "The Science of Mythbusters," focuses on the ways in which scientists approach real-world problems using the scientific method. Students learn about research funding and processes, along with how to evaluate information they encounter in their own lives.

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Better living through behavioral science

Understanding why people act as they do is the basis of the growing discipline of behavioral science, which is helping shape policies that tackle society's biggest problems, from financial planning to public health.

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