Catherine Blume, 2018, Physics

The Mapping Princeton Project aims to create a collection of Princeton-related maps for eventual publication in a Princeton “atlas” of sorts. These maps relate to spatial topics in three rough categories: campus history, sustainability and environment, and people. The history section details the spread of Princeton’s campus footprint. Included are campus maps from 1802, 1868, 1900, 1955, and 2000. The sustainability section maps out subjects related to the campus sustainability initiative. For example, Campus Dining is making an effort to use local food, so we mapped out where the food in our dining halls comes from. The section also includes maps on the locations of things related to sustainability, like bike racks. The people section visualizes where Princeton students go when they leave campus. The section includes maps on where students study abroad, where they perform service work, where they go after graduation, and how far they travel to return for Princeton reunions. I improved my skill with ArcGIS, and I also learned how to establish the scope of a project and organize a project of this scale. This project opened the door to some interesting opportunities involving mapping that I would not have had otherwise.