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PEI Hosts 6th Annual Summer of Learning Symposium


Jordan Shivers ’16 discussing microbial fuel cells during his presentation in the Energy and Technologies and Environmental Policy Session moderated by Bruce Koel, professor of chemistry and biological engineering. Photo: Angela Petsis.

On October 4, 2013, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) held its sixth annual Summer of Learning (SOL) Symposium. The Symposium was the culminating event for 74 Princeton undergraduates whose summer experiences focused on scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of global environmental challenges in energy and climate, sustainable development, resource conservation, biological diversity, and ecological health around the world.

This summer, participating students travelled to destinations in the United States and to 12 foreign nations on assignments with faculty-led research projects, academic institutions, NGOs, and government and community service enterprises. As interns, the students engaged in research, outreach, policy analysis, communications, and other practical work experiences. The internship program and the assignments enrich
students’ perspectives and prepare them as leaders.

Jordan Lubkeman ’16, sheds light on plant respiration during her research presentation in the Changing Climate and Environmental Impacts Session moderated by Stephen Pacala, the Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. Photo: Angela Petsis.

The Summer of Learning Symposium is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of individual students, exchange perspectives, develop a shared mission, and consider practical, achievable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

To see a list of students and the topics of their presentations, please review the SOL program. More about PEI’s Internship Program can be found on the internship section of PEI’s website.