Letter from the President

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our page! We hope you’ll enjoy browsing all of our undergraduate produced and edited content here!  Innovation is Princeton University’s one and only student-led science organization.  We originally started out as a small group of students around 20 years ago interested in publishing about ongoing professor research at Princeton.  Since then, we have expanded beyond research on campus to current and trending research, news, and discoveries in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) all around the world!  But it doesn’t stop there! Our group of over seventy students works hard every year to not only produce articles but also to host a wide range of events including speaker series, science writing workshops, professor debates, and even high school science essay competitions.  Our goal is to make science more accessible and relatable for the general Princeton community, regardless of their STEM background.  All of our board members also pursue their own passions and creativity to come up with projects that they initiate and plan, so needless to say, there’s a lot going on!

To tell you a little bit more about myself, I am a senior in the psychology department pursuing minors in neuroscience, global health and health policy, and ethnographic studies.  I joined Innovation as a freshman and have really been personally inspired by our mission.  So, why is science important to me and what role does science communication have in our world today?  I believe that making science and technology accessible to the general public can add tremendously to their understanding of the world, which will help bridge the gap between science and policy decisions.  It is important that science is not isolated from non-scientists, so that everyone can participate in educated conversations on policy decisions and individual choices affecting the future of our world.  Science affects everyone regardless of where they live or what they do from the types of energy sources they use to the technology they can access to read this message.

Each of us at Innovation is motivated to work towards this mission for a different reason.  Some of us are future researchers; some future teachers; some future policy makers; others future tech startup founders.  But all of us are and will be science and technology communicators – and we practice that in everything we do here.  We at Innovation use creative ways, from content to events, to demonstrate that science matters to everyone! Check us out!

— Stacey Park ’17, President of Princeton Innovation, sdpark@princeton.edu

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Hello readers,

Thanks for stopping by our website! Innovation is Princeton’s premier undergraduate publication for news about science research and discoveries. Our goal and focus has always been one of making science more accessible to students and those not personally involved in research. Traditionally, Innovation has focused on interviewing Princeton professors and writing about their research. Using a clear and precise writing style as well as a strong focus on design, we have made this research accessible and understandable to our readers. We have been nominated for multiple design awards and lauded for our beautiful graphics. However, over the past year, we have shifted our focus to include research from around the world, and using sources beyond interviews. Furthermore, we have started using this website as our primary means of publishing our articles and publicizing research.

Looking ahead, Innovation is undergoing many changes. Innovation is no longer just a publication, but THE science organization on campus. We want students on campus to turn to us for all STEM-related activities and events on campus, whether we host them or let students know about them. Personally, as someone involved in research, I see the frustrations of both those trying to explain their work and those trying to understand the nuances of science. As a result, I want to raise the level of science engagement and knowledge on campus. To that end, Innovation is focusing on the highest-impact and most engaging methods of communication. A beautiful, high-quality magazine means nothing if no one picks it up or reads it. Instead, we are hoping to leverage social media to spread our content and host events on campus to involve students. Whether we realize it or not, science is a fundamental part of our everyday lives. I hope Innovation helps you understand and enjoy the beauty of the science around us.

— Arunraj ’17, Editor-in-Chief of Princeton Innovation, abalaji@princeton.edu