LIFE IN THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Chemistry hosts a variety of forums for graduate student, researcher and faculty interaction.
Premier scientists from around the world present seminars to the department throughout the year. Graduate students have the opportunity to meet in small groups with invited speakers.
THE CHEMISTRY COMMUNITY
Labs with overlapping research interests frequently meet together for informal supergroup meetings or structured research presentations. These discussion groups generate scientific collaboration and new insights on research here in chemistry and in other departments with intersecting areas of research. More information on these groups can be found on the individual research area pages in this site.
Building community outside of the lab
Graduate students are at the center of the Princeton Chemistry community hosting frequent informal events for the department. These happenings outside the lab foster friendships and connections reflected in the collegial atmosphere that sets Princeton chemistry apart. Students, researchers and faculty connect at relaxed weekly Friday socials, movie nights, the summer picnic, softball games and the traditional merriment of winter Frickmas.
Graduate Student organizations in the department serve an important role in event programming, both social and scientific, and community outreach. These groups include:
- Graduate Student Organization (GSO) - The GSO is dedicated to enriching graduate student life within the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University through administrative, social, and community activities. The GSO serves as a liaison between the graduate students and the department by actively communicating graduate students’ needs to administrators and faculty. Open to all chemistry graduate students, the GSO organizes department-wide social activities, assists in graduate student recruitment efforts, and coordinates chemistry outreach and community service projects.
- Princeton Theoretical Chemistry Club (PTCC) - PTCC is aimed to provide a forum for graduate students, post-docs and faculty interested in theoretical chemistry areas and other related research areas at Princeton University to get together and discuss common research interests. Meetings foster a casual and pleasant atmosphere in which members feel free to exchange ideas and communicate in depth with each other. This club allows members to provide insight into each others’ research as well as strengthen connections between members. To find out more, contact graduate student Lukas Muechler.
- Female Researchers in Chemistry (FRIC) - FRIC’s mission is to provide a forum for the women graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty in the Princeton University Department of Chemistry to discuss the challenges unique to women in all stages of science related careers. The group fosters a vibrant and strong community amongst the women of the department. Its aim is to raise awareness of the historic and future states of gender relations and work-life balance in the global chemistry community. For more information, contact the group's leadership.
DEPARTMENT TRAVEL GRANT
The Department Travel Grant offers all post-generals graduate students up to $1,000 in funding to travel to a scientific conference. Students have traveled across the country and around the world to present their research, network with others in their field and enjoy life outside the lab.
CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS AND UNIVERSITY CENTERS
The Office of Graduate Student Life supports an array of centers and organizations to foster community among graduate students incorporating intellectual, cultural and social events, recreational outings and public service:
University centers are campus wide organizations connecting students, administrators and faculty and include:
- Women’s Center
- Davis International Center
- LGBT Center
- Fields Center
- Center for Jewish Life
- Office of Religious Life
- Career Services
- McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
- Princeton Writing Center
FAMILY FOCUSED INITIATIVES
The Graduate School is committed to supporting student personal and family life needs.