Princeton in NJ's Service

Friday, Oct 30, 2015
by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs
Be amazed by a faculty science lecture, explore the University's green spaces, listen to a children's concert, or come and relax in the gallery of our children's library. There's plenty for families to do at Princeton University. The University offers a variety of quality programs — many of which are free and open to the public — in areas such as the arts, athletics, literacy and science. Under the umbrella of "YouthCampus," the Office of Community and Regional Affairs lists these programs online and sends email alerts about upcoming programs to subscribers.
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015
by Morgan Kelly and Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Over 900 incoming freshman spent the early weeks of September bonding with their new classmates over activities like camping out at the Princeton-Blairstown Center in Harwick; working the fields of a Titusville farm; and volunteering at Mercer County food banks. These activites, organized into small group trips through the campus organizations Outdoor Action and Community Action, are part of a series of orientation events to help freshmen become familiar with one another, the University and the community they'll live in for the next four years.
Monday, Aug 17, 2015
by the Office of Communications
The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a tuition-free academic and cultural enrichment program, has been helping prepare high-achieving, low-income high school students for college success for nearly 15 years. PUPP selects 24 students each year in the spring of ninth grade to participate in its comprehensive, three-year college preparation program. The program, founded in 2001 by Princeton's Program in Teacher Preparation, serves partner public high schools in the New Jersey cities of Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence, Princeton and Trenton. Ask PUPP scholars and alumni what the program means to them, though, and they say its impact goes well beyond a college admission letter or even a college diploma.
Thursday, Aug 13, 2015
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
Riding roller coasters. Racing homemade canoes. Cooking s'mores on a sunny afternoon. At Princeton University's Community House STEAM Camp, typical summer camp activities are actually science lessons. More than 40 middle school students attended STEAM Camp this summer from June 29 to July 31. The camp was expanded this year from STEM to STEAM, integrating arts into the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.
Monday, Jun 22, 2015
by Staff at Office of Communications
Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from leadership and entrepreneurship to computer science, music and journalism.
Friday, May 22, 2015
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Princeton University will honor four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2015 Commencement on Tuesday, June 2. This year's honorees are Marcelino Garcia, North Brunswick Township High School, North Brunswick; Jennifer Kelly, Woodstown Middle School, Woodstown; Natalie Macke, Pascack Hills High School, Montvale; and Susan Spencer, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale. The teachers were selected for the award from nominations from public and private schools around the state. The teachers will receive $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.
Friday, May 22, 2015
by David Brown, Pace Center for Civic Engagement
I recently attended an amazing Princeton graduation. The proud graduates sat in folding chairs, surrounded by their family and their instructors, near a black wrought iron fence that seemed to just barely keep the steady traffic and curious passers-by of the main street at bay. Only this Princeton graduation didn’t happen in front of Nassau Hall, and the traffic wasn’t the bustle of Nassau Street. This graduation was for the students of the El Centro (link is external)English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Trenton NJ. The ESL program is designed and implemented by Princeton University volunteers through the Pace Center’s Student Volunteers Council and consists of Princeton student volunteers teaching ESL classes each week at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton family resource center.
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
by Jennifer Liu '16, for the Pace Center for Civic Engagement
As I was waiting in the gym of the Catholic Youth Organization (link is external)(CYO) East State Street Center for the group of LEAP (Learning Enrichment in the Arts Program) students to line up at the door, I heard one girl say to another girl, “Do you have art class in school?” The other girl replied, “No, that’s why I come here.” LEAP is a Student Volunteers Council (SVC) volunteer organization with the Pace Center that addresses the importance of arts education. Unfortunately, the arts are suffering in today’s economy. Budget cuts in school districts are leaving administrators with no option but to limit art classes, decrease salaries, and fire arts educators. This is an important issue because studies have shown that increased access to the arts benefits children academically and socially. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for underprivileged children in our community to meaningfully experience the visual and performing arts on a weekly basis.
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
by Magdalena Stankowska '18
Just like the rest of the lost, confused and overwhelmed freshmen, I attended the Fall Activities Fair. I then sign-up for way too many activities and promised various commitments. Realistically I knew I would have to limit my commitments to a few activities. But the choice turned out to be much easier than I expected and Cherry Tree Club - a preschool that serves homeless and at-risk children in Mercer County - very quickly became my top priority.
Saturday, Feb 28, 2015
by Engineering Communications
Princeton University was one of 12 institutions nationwide to receive a total of $56 million in funds from the National Science Foundation to support Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs). The award renews the NSF's existing support for the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) through October 2020, and includes $6.39 million for at least the first two years. PCCM researchers participate in numerous educational projects, such as a summer science and engineering research workshop for undergraduates nationwide; a three-week science camp, known as PUMA, for students from Trenton's Central High; and a series of one-day science camps for community K-12 students and their parents.