Ellie Breitfeld ’20

Chief Correspondent

Concentration: Psychology

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Linguistics

Research Interests: Developmental psychology, social neuroscience, language learning

Bio: I am originally from North Carolina and I’m still getting used to the colder weather and lack of BBQ here in New Jersey, but nevertheless am taking full advantage of my time in the orange bubble. I am concentrating in psychology with certificates in neuroscience, cognitive science, and linguistics. I love being engaged in research in these relatively new fields because there are so many opportunities to study questions that still remain unanswered and largely unexplored. On campus, I am a tutor at McGraw, a Research Assistant in the Baby Lab–Princeton’s developmental psychology lab–and in my free time I enjoy running on the Towpath and exploring Nassau Street.

Recent posts by Ellie Breitfeld

Shanon FitzGerald ’20

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Religion

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Constitutional law, politics, modern American history, quantitative social science, behavioral economics

Bio: I am a junior and first-time blogger from Fishers, Indiana. On campus, you’re likely to catch me either reading in Firestone or watching the squirrels frolic outside (unfortunately, the squirrels don’t count as a research interest). In addition to PCUR, I’m involved in Tiger Magazine and the James Madison Program.

Recent posts by Shanon FitzGerald

Elise Freeman ’19
Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: French and Italian

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: International affairs, culture, francophone countries

Bio: I love looking at the world from perspectives different from my own — the more foreign the subject, the better! I’m fascinated by how we interact with one another, and learning French certainly provides a cool lens for that. Though I lean towards social sciences, I could read about fringe science or space for hours. I spend my time on campus aspiring to be like my idols: my mom, Michelle Obama, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Recent posts by Elise Freeman

Alec Getraer ’19

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Ecology, geology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, climate science

Bio: I love the natural world and my work at Princeton focuses on field based research in ecology and the geosciences. On-campus I am an Outdoor Action Leader, an officer of the Princeton University Geosciences Society, and an active member of the Center for Jewish Life. I enjoy traveling, hiking, snowboarding, photography, and drawing.

Recent posts by Alec Getraer

Rafi Lehmann ’20

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: History

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Urban Studies, Creative Writing

Research Interests: Indigenous Studies, Marxism, Post-colonialism, Yiddish

Bio: I am a third-year from Maryland with irresponsible dreams. Ask me about the Yiddish Farm, my year in India, and/or why the Times’ Style section is essential to our democracy. Also, I love poetry.

Recent posts by Rafi Lehmann

Andrea Reino ’20

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Program: Spanish

Research Interests: international relations, human rights law, immigration law, criminal justice, prison reform, politics, public policy

Bio: I’m a junior born and raised in New York, but my family is originally from Spain. I plan to go to law school after graduating! On campus I am a PUMP mentor, a Petey Greene tutor, and a double-bass player in PUO. I love languages, eating good food, and looking at pictures of my cat.

Recent posts by Andrea Reino

Saira Reyes ’21

Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degree Program: B.S.E.

Certificate Program: Engineering Biology

Research Interests: metabolic engineering, material science, nanotechnology

Bio: I am a rising sophomore from Northern NJ planning to concentrate in chemical and biological engineering. Some of the past research projects I have worked on focused on polymer nanoimprints and microfluidics. Over the summer, I will be working on campus on a research project involving metabolic engineering. On campus, I am also involved in PUMP and Princeton Latinos y Amigos.

Recent posts by Saira Reyes (coming soon)

Nanako Shirai ’21

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Molecular Biology or Chemistry

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: epigenetics, induced pluripotent stem cells, psychology, east asian culture, biomedical ethics

Bio: I am a sophomore from New Hampshire, but I’ve also lived in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. I wandered through a few disciplines (i.e. Sociology and Psychology) when I first came to Princeton  but I think I’m pretty set on Molecular Biology or Chemistry now. One of my interests is how biology and culture shape social interactions. On campus, I am a violinist in the Princeton University Orchestra, treasurer for the Japanese Student Association, an officer for the TEDx division of Princeton Social Innovation and I also work at the Princeton Writing Center as a fellow!

Recent posts by Nanako Shirai

Raya Ward ’21

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Computer Science

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Visual Art, French Language and Culture

Research Interests: Art history, Sociology, Media, Human Rights, Public Policy, Genetics

Bio: Hey y’all! I came to Princeton from Peachtree Corners, Georgia so I’m still adjusting to the cold of New Jersey! My passions lie in the arts. Oil painting and charcoal drawing are my favorites! If I can’t be in the studio, I’d love to be out in the middle of the woods hiking or resting by a waterfall. On campus, I’m also involved in Highsteppers, Orange Key, Club Swim, and the Student Advisory Board for the Art Museum.

Recent posts by Raya Ward


PCUR Alumni

Good researchers always recognize those who came before them — and we’re no exception. PCUR thanks its former bloggers for their creative and helpful views on independent work:

Alexandra Koskosidis ’20 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Certificate Programs: Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Applications of Computing
Research Interests: Engineering (chemical/biological, mechanical/aerospace), energy, robotics

Posts by Alexandra Koskosidis


Annie Woehling ’15 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Anthropology
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: Global Health and Health Policy
Research Interests: sexual health and wellness, life sciences, health policy

Posts by Annie Woehling


Bennett McIntosh ’16 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Chemistry
Degree Program: A.B
Research Interests: biochemistry, protein folding, protein design

Posts by Bennett McIntosh


Dylan Blau Edelstein ’17 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Latin American Studies, Theater, Ethnography
Research Interests: languages, Latin America, theater, culture, gender and sexuality, social movements

Posts by Dylan Blau Edelstein


Emma Kaeser ’18 – Chief Correspondent and Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Program in French Language and Culture, Program in Urban Studies
Research Interests: Public policy, women and children’s rights, maternal and child health, human rights law

Posts by Emma Kaeser


Isabelle Laurenzi ’15 – Chief Correspondent
Isabelle Laurenzi

Concentration: Religion
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Creative Writing and Humanistic Studies
Research Interests: religion, ethics, and politics, philosophy of religion, expressions of religion and ethics in contemporary literature

Posts by Isabelle Laurenzi


Jalisha Braxton ’16 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Psychology
Degree Program: A.B
Certificate Programs: Neuroscience
Research Interests: cognition, learning disorders

Posts by Jalisha Braxton


Kavi Jain ’18 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Certificate Programs: Statistics and Machine Learning, Applications of Computing
Research Interests: data science, nanotechnology, clean energy, biomimicry

Posts by Kavi Jain


Melissa Parnagian ’17 – Chief Correspondent and Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: American Studies
Research Interests: politics, race, media, representation, mass culture

Posts by Melissa Parnagian


Nicholas Wu ’18 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Programs: Program in American Studies and East Asian Studies Program
Research Interests: Politics, public policy, migration, race, Asian American studies

Posts by Nicholas Wu


Stacey Huang ’16 – Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Electrical Engineering
Degree Program: B.S.E.
Research Interests: laser spectroscopy, applied physics, photonics, circuits

Posts by Stacey Huang


Taylor Griffith ’18 – Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Sociology
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Programs: Creative Writing, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Research Interests: Authors, creative writing, gender, sexuality, media, television

Posts by Taylor Griffith


Vidushi Sharma ’17 – Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Philosophy
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Programs: Neuroscience, Humanistic Studies
Research Interests: cognitive science, interdisciplinary learning, classical languages, culture

Posts by Vidushi Sharma


Yuem Park ’15 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences
Degree Program: A.B.
Research Interests: geosciences, geology, structural geology, geochemistry, tectonics

Posts by Yuem Park


Zoe Sims ’17 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Degree Program: A.B.
Certificate Program: Environmental Studies
Research Interests: ecology, environmental science, acclimatization, climate change

Posts by Zoe Sims