Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 Academic Year!

Hello everyone and welcome back! It is with great excitement that I write this post from a cozy armchair in Chancellor Green Library within East Pyne. While the 2021-2022 semester is not normal in every sense, PCUR certainly has returned in full stride. And with a new year comes new correspondents: I am happy to introduce Cecilia Kim ’23, Agnes Robang ’23, and Sandeep Mangat ’24, the newest members to our team. I hope you enjoy becoming familiar with their unique voices as they share their experiences on the blog. They join us in addition to Yodahe Gebreegziabher ’22, Bridget Denzer ’23, Ryan Champeau ’23, Austin Davis ’23, and Abhimanyu Banerjee ’23.

In conjunction with the beginning of the academic year comes a storm of essays, tests and quizzes, readings, extracurricular activities, and research opportunities. Sharing their own tips, experiences, frustrations, successes, and realizations, our correspondents from a variety of disciplines and class years navigate their semesters alongside your own. Feel free to check out each of their bios as well, included below.

From left to right, Kamron, Sandeep, Ryan, Yodahe, Cecilia, Austin, Agnes, and Manyu.
I wrote my first draft of this post from the Chancellor Green Rotunda of East Pyne, where only a handful of luxurious armchairs are available at any given time.

Agnes Robang ’23

Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program: B.S.E.

Certificate Program: Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Applied and Computational Mathematics

Research Interests: Propulsion, aircraft/spacecraft design optimization, computational modeling and simulation

Bio: I am Agnes, a junior that was born and raised in the Philippines! I am part of the MAE department and interested in the broad theme of transportation and mobility. On campus, I am a coxswain for the Women’s Lightweight Crew team, a Davis International Center Leader, and a McGraw Learning Center tutor. In my free time, I enjoy diving into most sports (especially soccer), crafts like knitting and crocheting, and all sorts of books.

Cecilia Kim ’23

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Chemistry

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Program: Global Health Program, Materials Science

Research Interests: Translational medicine, oncology, medicinal chemistry, biological chemistry

Bio: I am a junior from Vancouver, Canada, majoring in Chemistry. I am interested in research at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and health sciences for applications in translational medicine and to help shape decisions in health policy. Outside of academics, I am an RCA for Mathey, and am part of Princeton’s Taekwondo Club, Matriculate, and Camp Kesem!

Sandeep Mangat ’24

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Molecular Biology

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Program: Neuroscience, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, Contemporary European Politics and Society

Research Interests: Neuroscience, bioenergetics, metabolism, mitochondrial genetics

Bio: I’m a sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I’m interested in mitochondrial research, and in the future want to answer questions such as what roles certain genes in the mitochondrial genome play in the healthy human body, and how mitochondrial damage can cause and propagate neurodegeneration. In my free time, I enjoy talking about the news with friends and watching movies.

Now more than ever, we encourage you to submit any specific questions or topics you would like to see us write about here!

—Kamron Soldozy, Chief Correspondent