Meet NJ Students

The student body of Princeton University hails from all over the United States and the world, but about 16% of the undergraduate students are from New Jersey, representing almost every county in the state.  Learn about the experiences at Princeton of some New Jersey students.

Four Princeton University Students from New Jersey were selected to the 2017 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI).

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Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship program is to provide students with the language and workplace skills needed to succeed in the public policy arena.

Two NJ students from The Class of 2017 Graduate Scholars are:

kishan bhattKishan Bhatt, '17
Edison, NJ

Kishan is a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator and a certificate candidate in global health as well as American studies. A U.S. health policy scholar at Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing, he cares deeply about policies that encourage medical innovation, disease prevention and value-based health care delivery. During summer 2016, Bhatt analyzed clinical cost and outcomes data for Remedy Partners, a technology start-up that serves 1,300 hospitals participating in Medicare’s $12 billion Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program. Previously, he researched counter-bioterrorism strategy at the Federation of American Scientists, publishing a report for federal officials on the legal and biological tools to deter and detect potential disease threats. Bhatt has studied abroad in Spain and directed an international exchange program connecting 80 high school students from Japan and the United States. He serves as a four-year senator for the Undergraduate Student Government, a peer career adviser, an Orange Key tour guide and a fellow with the Human Values Forum.

Emily ChenEmily Chen, '17
Denville, NJ

Emily is a civil and environmental engineering major and a certificate candidate in German language and culture. With an aim to address climate change, she has sought to understand various perspectives during her undergraduate years—studying environmental engineering, volunteering as an environmental activist and interning at a regional governmental agency. As a Princeton Brazil Global Fellow, she spent summer 2016 researching the effect of air quality on respiratory and cardiovascular health at the University of São Paulo Medical School. During the previous summer, Chen interned at the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Regional Planning, where she compiled regional data on renewable energy for the biannual report and assisted the director of the Energy Monitoring division. Chen leads environmental initiatives on campus through Green Princeton. She also is a member of the Princeton University Orchestra and Triple 8 Dance Company.

Two NJ students from The Class of 2017 Interns are:

Caroline JonesCaroline Jones, '18
Princeton, NJ

Caroline is a junior in the Woodrow Wilson School focusing on conflict and cooperation and is pursuing certificates in Latin American studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. During summer 2016, she interned at CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS as a recipient of the Ferris Grant for Summer Internships in Journalism. The previous summer, she worked at the Wilson School's Innovations for Successful Societies research program, working on a variety of case studies about justice and security sector reform. Jones is a recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. She sings with both the Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir and is a member of Princeton's figure skating team.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas, '18
Newark, NJ

Jordan is a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator pursuing dual certificates in Portuguese Language and Culture and African American studies. He has worked with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement on projects that aim to bridge the income-achievement gap in New Jersey by mentoring and supporting underrepresented area youth. Thomas is particularly interested in the role that law, public policy and high-quality education play in expanding access and opportunity for disadvantaged populations. In summer 2016, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and performed humanitarian service in favela neighborhoods during the Olympics. Thomas is a residential college advisor, one of the co-chairs on the Community House Executive Board, Office of International Programs (OIP) Student Advisory board member, a U-Store student trustee, a Students for Education Reform board member and a Pace Center service fellow.

Another experience of a Princeton University student from New Jersey...

Ryan O'ConnellRyan O'Connell, '17
Branchville, NJ

Ryan, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major, conducted the fieldwork for his senior thesis, which combines theoretical modeling, field observations and experimental work, over two summers spent at the Mpala Research Centre, a multidisciplinary field-research station located in Kenya's Laikipia County. "Princeton does a great job of making these opportunities available to undergraduates. There are a lot of interesting questions you can ask here, which makes it a great place for undergraduates to come, especially."  Read more about Ryan’s research and the Mpala Research Centre.