About Princeton Research Day

Princeton Research Day celebrates the research and creative endeavors of the campus-wide community. The event serves as an opportunity for researchers and creators to reach across disciplines by communicating in non-specialist language about their research or creative work.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, the event highlights work from across all areas of study at Princeton, including the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, the arts and humanities.

Presenters include undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs and other early-career researchers.

Participants will create 3-minute video presentations describing their research projects, performances, artistic works or other creative expressions. All videos will be posted online where they will be accessible to the public.

In addition, presenters may opt to discuss their work in-person at the PRD Showcase, followed by the PRD Reception.

Videos and in-person presentations are eligible for awards and cash prizes, presented at the PRD Awards Celebration. The winners will be selected by PRD judges and the viewing public.

All are welcome to visit the Showcase, Reception, and Awards Celebration. The Awards Celebration will also be livestreamed.

Princeton Research Day is a collaborative initiative between the offices of the Dean of the College, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Dean for Research and the Vice President for Campus Life, with support from the Dean of the Faculty and Office of the Provost.

PRD Co-Creators

Karla Ewalt, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Office of the Dean for Research

Sonali Majumdar, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School

Judy Jarvis, Executive Director of Campus Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life

Pascale Poussart, Director of Undergraduate Research, Office of the Dean of the College

Team members: 

  • Sandra Presby-Schreyer, Program Coordinator of Undergraduate Research, Office of the Dean of the College
  • Lieve Monnens, Executive Assistant, Office of the Dean for Research

Planning Team (2023)

Presenter and Academic Communications 

Team Lead: Caitlin Larracey, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research, Office of the Dean of the College

  • Dorothy Chan, Undergraduate Class of 2026

Awards and Recognition

Team Lead: Karla Ewalt, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Office of the Dean for Research

Team Members:

  • Julie Luster, Senior Grant/Contract Manager Space Physics, Astrophysical Sciences
  • Lieve Monnens, Executive Assistant, Office of the Dean for Research

Marketing and Communications

Team Lead: Catherine Zandonella, Senior Associate Director for Communications, Office of the Dean for Research

Team Members: 

  • Website:
    • Bumper DeJesus, Visual Communication Specialist, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Video:
    • Megan Osborne, Video Editor, Communications
  • Facilities:
    • Michael Yoon, Manager, Communications, University Services
  • Social Media:
    • Maddy Pryor, Social Media Specialist, Communications
  • Design: 
    • Tracy A. Patterson, Visual Communications Specialist, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Editorial:
    • Alaina O'Regan, Science Writer and Outreach Specialist, Office of the Dean for Research
  • Advertising:
    • Jaclyn K. Sweet, Communications Associate, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Participant communications:
    • Gwen McNamara, Strategic Communications & Digital Marketing Manager, Communications, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
    • Tracy Meyer, Director for Communications and External Engagement, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
    • Denise Valenti, Manager of Communications, Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Event Logistics and Physical Site Team

Event Logistics Lead: Ohemaa Boahemaa, Associate Director, Office of Campus Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life

Physical Site Lead: Vin Stanley, Venue Manager, Frist Campus Center, Venue Services, University Services

Team members:

  • Elsie Wirth, Operations & Logistics Specialist, Office of Campus Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life
  • Emily Crosby, Assistant Director, Internal and External Programs and Events, Conference and Event Services, University Services

Event Technology and Production Team

Team Lead: Neal Bituin, Tech & Event Prod Specialist, Office of the Dean for Research

Team Members:

  • Aaron Dunn, Computing Support Specialist, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Jonathon Kozicz, IT Support Specialist, English
  • Kris Kauker, Assistant Manager of Logistics & Customer Service, Audio and Video Services, University Services
  • Sorat Tungkasiri, Associate Director for Educational and Classroom Technology, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Kayce West, Senior Video Production Associate, Audio and Video Services, University Services

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Team Lead: Amanda Peacock, Graduate Student Professional Development Program Coordinator, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School

Team Members:

  • Kevin Fleming, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
  • Kathy Galvin, Event/Office & Communication Coordinator, Council on Science and Technology
  • Craig Marshall, Associate Professional Specialist, Council on Science and Technology
  • Pablo Oyler-Castrillo, Graduate Student
  • Nova Smith, Assistant Director, Diversity Initiatives, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School

MyPU and MediaCentral

Team Lead: David Hopkins, Associate Director of Audio and Video Services, Audio and Video Services, University Services