I am at the end of my final week here and the time has gone by incredibly quickly. I feel that I have learned an enormous amount in these eight weeks and I am very grateful to Mr. Streicker, to the Streicker Fellowship, and to Princeton University for the amazing opportunity they provided me.
Eliasson’s mirrors appear in both expected and unexpected locations within the château¬– I am excited to find that the installation, far from disturbing the view I was expecting, actually enhances my optical perception. His use of mirrors and reflections seems to bolster my theories. Strolling around this installation at Versailles, I realized that it embodied the very essence of my Streicker Fellowship: a fusion of art, visual science, and French culture.
I arrived in Recife, Brazil to do historical and anthropological research about six weeks ago. My work-which mainly involves going to local archives to read newspapers from the 1930s in tandem with 17th century Dutch and Portuguese letters and maps- has been enjoyable. I’m glad I still have two weeks left to continue immersing myself in the documents this city has left behind as well as the streets and buildings that make it up. But it’s the people I’ve been meeting rather than the things
Although Cambridge is strongly rooted in this incomparable academic history, what I have so far seen to define its modern culture is its sheer diversity. Walking down Regent Street, one of the main roads in town, I’ve grown accustomed to the multitude of different accents speaking English and the many different languages spoken overall. Cambridge is a truly international town, with people coming from all over Europe and the world to live and work.
For the past two months, I have been living in Taipei and interning at a Taiwanese medical device startup, Gimer Medical. Through my work, I have been learning about regulatory affairs, clinical trials, business development, venture capital, international markets, anatomy, spinal cord stimulation, and the process of engineering application. As I'd hoped, working with this company has allowed me to explore the intersection of a variety of my interests--science, engineering, greater China, Mandari
Growing up in the Philippines, I have always been interested in the field of development, particularly the intersection of finance and the social enterprise: How can the financing needs of families in high poverty areas be met in a way that is economically sound and financially sustainable? These questions led me to intern at Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), a housing finance company in India that provides housing loans to low-income communities working in the informal sector.
This summer, I am working in the Laboratoire Psychologie de Perception within Université Paris Descartes. Alongside my labwork, however, I am enjoying exploring the unique artwork that Paris has to offer. In fact, I recently made it my goal to visit every art museum in the city of Paris– there are over 40, varying in size.
Princeton University senior Sonya Hayden has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study theater at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Established last spring, the scholarship honors the historic ties between Princeton and Edinburgh, highlighting the role of John Witherspoon at both institutions, and is awarded annually to a Princeton senior. Hayden is expected to begin her studies at Edinburgh in September.
Two Princeton sophomores have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2016. Coy Ozias, of Christiansburg, Virginia, is a Near Eastern studies major. He will study Arabic in Meknes, Morocco. Jennifer Silver, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is a religion major. She will study Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia.
Five Princeton undergraduates have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the summer.