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Connected virtually, working globally: PEI engaged more than 100 undergraduates in virtual environmental internships for summer 2020


September 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Ben Alessio had planned to spend his summer internship with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) in the laboratory of Professor Howard Stone conducting experiments related to diffusiophoresis, an important process by which particles are transported through water. But…

PEI-STEP Fellows to explore environmental policy, from emerging pathogens to preparing cities for climate change

July 27, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University graduate students Paris Blaisdell-Pijuan, Kairui Feng and Jeffrey Lee have been awarded 2020 PEI-STEP Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowships from the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) to explore emerging topics in environmental policy such as renewable energy and global health.…

Peter Schmidt’s senior thesis imagines a world where nature demands justice

July 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

As rain darkened the red earth atop Bolivia’s largest silver mine, Peter Schmidt watched children only a few years younger than him emerge from the honeycomb of hand-excavated tunnels to dump minecarts of ore before hurrying back inside the mountain’s…

Lauren von Berg, Class of 2020, publishes research from PEI internship studying Antarctic sea ice

June 16, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

In the images Lauren von Berg created, the ebb and flow of life in one of Earth’s most inhospitable places undulates across the screen. As a Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) intern at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, von Berg worked…

Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air

June 12, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

After months of researching and analyzing China’s notorious air pollution for her Princeton senior thesis, Naomi Cohen-Shields stepped off a plane in Beijing in December 2019 to a shockingly clear sky. Her gaze fell across the unencumbered skyline of the…

Hack Graduate Award recipients explore water issues from groundwater cleanup to carbon-capturing crystals

June 4, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected seven Princeton University graduate students as 2020 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment. The awardees are Francisco Carrillo, Eunah Han, Julie Kim, Aleksander Musiał,…

PEI Class Day 2020 honors students’ excellence and resilience

June 1, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Students and parents joined faculty, researchers and staff from the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Program in Environmental Studies for a virtual Class Day ceremony celebrating the accomplishments and resilience of the 24 Princeton University seniors who were the…

A burning question: Senior Maria Stahl examined the role of fire in wildlife recovery

May 15, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

“The sky above the flames was littered not only with ash, but also with huge flutters of butterflies and clouds of grasshoppers escaping the blaze. Every now and then a stray oribi or kudu darted out from the grassland to…

Senior Cole Morokhovich’s unexpected path to studying what hummingbirds could tell us about climate change

May 7, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Cole Morokhovich still marvels at the possibility that his academic path may have come down to one five-minute window. Having come to Princeton with a focus on pre-medicine, he had taken most of the required courses and declared…