79 Princeton Undergraduates Celebrate Their Summer of Learning Experiences

Holly P. Welles ・ Princeton Environmental Institute
Zhou JennyJenny Zhou ’16 presenting her internship presentation entitled, “Exploring the Mesophotic Zone: Lionfish, Fisheries’ Targeted Species, and the Goldface Toby, Bermuda”
Adviser: Tim Noyes, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

On Friday Oct. 2, seventy-nine (79) Princeton undergraduate students participated in the 8th Annual Summer of Learning symposium to share their insights and outcomes from their summer 2015 internships and service experiences.

The Summer of Learning Symposium organized by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) provides students the opportunity to present their research findings on scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of a wide-variety of global environmental challenges including issues in climate and energy, sustainable development, resource conservation, biological diversity, and ecological health around the world.

The symposium fosters an exchange of perspectives and a sense of shared mission among the students, and it affords them with the opportunity to consider practical, achievable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. It is also a celebration of their individual contributions.

Joshua MurrayJoshua Murray ’18 presenting his “Calibrating Climate Records with 15 Million-Year Old Volcanic Rocks” project.
Adviser: Blair Schoene, Assistant Professor, Geosciences

This summer, participating students travelled to destinations in the United States and 11 foreign nations on assignments with faculty-led research projects, academic institutions, NGOs, and government and community service enterprises. An emphasis of the PEI Internship Program is the mentored experience with Princeton faculty or by the faculty or professional staff of participating host organizations.

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.

Funding for the 2015 Summer Internship Program has been generously provided by the Crocker ’31 Fund in PEI, the Carolyn and Jeffrey Leonard Princeton Environmental Institute Research Fund, PEI’s Director’s Fund (Anonymous), the Smith-Newton Undergraduate Research Fund in PEI, and the Sandra Wilson W’56 Fund in PEI.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Peru TeamEngineers Without Borders (EWB) Peru Team (Isabella Douglas ’17, William Guiracoche ’17, Corrie Kavanaugh ’17, Amanda Li ’17, Kasturi Shah ’16, Joshua Umansky-Castro ’17) presenting “Potable Water System, Peru”
Adviser: Peter Jaffe, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (All photos credit: Angela Petsis)

PEI’s Summer of Learning Program includes the full list of internship topics, locations, and host organizations. To learn more about our program in general, please visit PEI’s Internship page.