2020 URB Seniors

The Program in American Studies has honored Princeton seniors Vayne Ong (also URB) with the Princeton Prize in Race Relations Senior Thesis Prize, Tabitha Belshee with the Willard Thorp Thesis Prize, Grace Koh with the Asher Hinds Prize, Allegra E. Martschenko (also URB) with the Grace May Tilton Prize in Fine Arts, and Tessa Albertson with the David F. Bowers Prize:

In lieu of a Class Day gathering, and to celebrate and honor the entire cohort of American, Asian American, and Latino studies certificate students, graduating seniors were invited to meet for a Zoom photo, and contribute to a video to be shared with them and their families. A public version of the video will be available on the program website soon after the originally scheduled June 1 Class Day. 

Princeton University seniors Coley, Press win Pyne Prize

Emma Coley - highlights

Princeton University seniors Emma Coley and Ben Press have been named co-winners of the 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Pyne Honor Prize, established in 1921, is awarded to the senior who has most clearly manifested excellent scholarship, strength of character and effective leadership. Previous recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes and the late Princeton President Emeritus Robert F. Goheen. 

Emma Coley, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is a religion concentrator pursuing certificates in ethnographic studies, humanistic studies and urban studies. She is a two-time recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. A member of Wilson College, Coley participated in Princeton’s Novogratz Bridge Year Program, spending nine months doing service learning work in Bolivia. 

“I see the Pyne Prize as a celebration of the ways in which my friends, professors and mentors have both supported me and challenged me to grow academically and personally,” Coley said. “I’m especially grateful for the opportunities I’ve had at Princeton to think in an interdisciplinary and creative way about questions related to ethics, community-building and justice.”
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Eleven Princeton Students Named Scholars in the Nation's Service

Eleven students at Princeton University have been selected to join the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), which funds graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships within the U.S. federal government. 


Claire Wayner - highlights

Claire Wayner ’22, from Baltimore, Maryland, is a civil and environmental engineering major pursuing Certificates in Sustainable Energy, Urban Studies, and Environmental Studies. She is active in sustainability and climate advocacy groups, including in her role as president of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative and chair of the Sustainability Task Force on Undergraduate Student Government. 

Wayner’s interests lie in the intersection of engineering, technology, and policy regarding the decarbonization of the global economy and the integration of renewable energy into electric power supplies. In summer 2019, she interned in the Office of Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission through a Princeton Internship in Civic Service, where she became intrigued by the role the federal government can and should play in greening the electric grid. Wayner is the Intern Class of 2020 Gilbert S. Omenn ’61 and Martha A. Darling MPA ’70 Scholar.  Full article.


Jennifer Jennings (Urban Studies Associated Faculty member) and John Higgins received 2019 Faculty Research Award for their project UnleadED: A Proposal to Measure Trenton Lead-Water Levels at Scale will lead an interdisciplinary team that will collect and analyze water samples from homes across Trenton, New Jersey, in order to gauge the prevalence and distribution of lead contamination citywide.

The researchers will partner with teachers in Trenton Public Schools to distribute testing kits to elementary, middle and high school students for taking water samples at school and in their homes. The kits will be linked to individual home addresses so that the researchers can identify high-risk areas for contamination, as well as work with individual households to report testing information and provide information for reducing lead exposure.

The researchers will publish their findings regarding the levels and locations of lead contamination in Trenton to a publicly available website. At the same time, they will work with Trenton teachers to provide teacher training, classroom materials and lesson plans focused on avoiding lead exposure. This project expands on Higgins’ ongoing PEI Urban Grand Challenge project to develop a no-cost lead test for Trenton residents by allowing for a large-scale examination of the city’s lead contamination. Read more... 

Historian Kruse (Urban Studies Associated Faculty member) revisits the legacy of Princeton alumnus and civil rights champion John Doar - Given his central role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, John Doar should be a household name.  Read more ... 

Patricia Fernández-Kelly, (Urban Studies Associated Faculty member)  a professor of sociology at Princeton, has received the 2020 ASA Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association (ASA).  Read more... 





Urban Encounters how to read a city - highlights

Urban encounters: How to 'Read' a City

Each fall, an urban studies research seminar, offered to juniors and seniors, dives into research methods in the field. This fall, 15 Princeton students delved into historical accounts, literary works, art and film that capture the communities and landmarks of two cities — New York and Moscow. Armed with this knowledge, the students visited both cities to experience firsthand the similarities and differences in the cultural, political and social worlds of the people who live there. Read more…


Trustee Achille Tenkiang, Class of 2017 – Urban Studies Certificate recipient receives award

Princeton’s 2018 valedictorian Kyle Berlin and University Trustee Achille Tenkiang have been named George J. Mitchell Scholars. They are among 12 students who were selected for the annual award, named in honor of former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. Berlin will study culture and colonialism at National University of Ireland, Galway. Tenkiang will study race, migration and decolonial studies at University College Dublin. Read more...


Jazymn Blackburn - highlights
Isabel James - highlights

Congratulations to Urban Studies certificate seniors Jazmyn Blackburn and Isabel James!

Princeton seniors Jazmyn Blackburn, Mariachiara Ficarelli and Isabel James have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize to pursue international civic engagement projects for one year following graduation.

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PEI Urban Grand Challenges awards $509,000 to new urban sustainability projects: Urban Studies Associated Faculty projects

Sigrid Adriaenssens, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and M. Christine Boyer, the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture, are working to establish the relationship between the health effects of noise pollution and socioeconomic status by studying areas of Trenton, New Jersey.

Professors of Architecture Guy Nordenson and Paul Lewis developed a studio course for Fall 2018 in which students designed an “amphibious” hotel near Venice, Italy, that adapted to the region’s fluctuating land and sea level.

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