‘Open Doors: Princeton Graduate School’
JARED CROOKS: It was my first
time attending High Table. And not knowing what to expect,
I thought it was really fascinating because you
had a chance to mingle and talk with people from
all over the campus. My name is Jared
Aldwin Crooks. I was an undergraduate
here last year. In fact, I graduated in 2011
in the astrophysics department.
And now I’m back in as
a graduate student. We had this fascinating talk by
Professor Gmachl who talked about her work through
electrical engineering. And even though I’m doing policy
here at the Woodrow Wilson School, I went because
High Table really gives you that chance to just spread
your knowledge out and collaborate with others and
make collaborations. CLAIRE GMACHL: I’m
Claire Gmachl. I’m a professor of electrical
engineering here at Princeton University.
I really enjoyed the invitation
to the Princeton graduate school High Table.
What impressed me most was the
breadth of students that came. There were not just engineering
students or science students, but students
across disciplines that came and asked interesting
questions. DAVID REDMAN: The graduate
school at Princeton University is comprised of four major
academic divisions: the humanities, the social
sciences, the natural sciences, and the School of
Engineering and Applied Science.
We have, in addition, two other
professional schools, Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs and the School
of Architecture. JENNIFER HUYNH: My name
is Jennifer Huynh. I’m a PhD student in
the Department of Sociology at Princeton.
The environment here is very
collegial rather than competitive.
Students have access to multiple
departments to take courses in.
So, even though I’m a student
in the sociology department, I’ve taken courses in political
science, economics, the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public Policy. So, there’s this wonderful
cross-fertilization of ideas. Professors and faculty are very
open to discussing with you your academic interests.
NICOLE SHELTON: I think just in
terms of general research, I always tell my students
to think big.
This is an opportunity for you
to explore whatever it is that you want to do.
And Princeton is a great place
for you to do that. And so, I encourage them
to shoot for the stars. ROBERT KASTER: What to tell
you about Princeton? It is for people in my field,
for people in the humanities, the best working environment
I have ever experienced in higher education.
It is supportive.
It is well-endowed
with resources. And it attracts people who love
what they’re doing, who in terms of the faculty
love to teach. No one comes to Princeton to
teach in the humanities who does not enjoy having contact
with students. And that, I think, is the single
strongest aspect of having your education
at Princeton. ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER: One of
the things I love about Princeton is the combination of
a university that has been here for hundreds of years
with state-of-the-art technology and education.
We have lots of traditions
that we’re very proud of. One of them, for instance, for
graduate students is High Table at the graduate college
where faculty members like me go and present and then
talk to students at dinner, at High Table.
So, it’s that combination of the
old and the new that gives this place its special
character. One of the most wonderful
traditions is really the hooding ceremony.
It is possible for the dean to
hood every single student the day before graduation.
So, there’s a marvelous ceremony
with all the friends and family in the audience where
each student in academic gowns comes up to the stage,
their name is called out. And as dean, I would put that
hood over that student’s head knowing that student and knowing
something about where he or she had come from and
where they’re going. CLAIRE GMACHL: I think it’s a
wonderful graduate school. I was so impressed by the depth
of the questions and the breadth of the questions
that the students asked at the High Table.
I think it’s a wonderful
reflection of our student body.
JARED CROOKS: If a school
doesn’t have the mentors that you need, then come to
Princeton because we have them all.
That’s all I have to
say on that one.