Nanako Shirai ’21

Chief Correspondent

Concentration: Molecular Biology

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: epigenetics, induced pluripotent stem cells, East Asian culture, biomedical ethics

Bio: I am a junior from New Hampshire (although almost 10 years of my life was spent in South Carolina). I’m in the Molecular Biology department, and 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, and a fellow at the Princeton Writing Center!

Recent posts by Nanako Shirai

Kamron Soldozy ’22

Outreach Analyst + Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Neuroscience

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Gender and Sexuality Studies, German

Research Interests: Cognitive Control and Attention, Sociology, Electroencephalograms (EEG), Motor Learning, Gender Studies

Bio: I’m a rising sophomore from Northern Virginia (NOVA!). I’m deciding between German and Neuroscience for my major. If you see someone (recklessly) attempting handstands or refereeing basketball around campus, then you’ll know it’s me. My research interests span Neuroscience, Sociology, and Gender, and on campus, I’m involved in Peak Potential and Club Powerlifting.

Recent posts by Kamron Soldozy

Ellie Breitfeld ’20

Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Psychology

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Linguistics

Research Interests: Developmental psychology, social neuroscience, language learning

Bio: I am a senior originally from North Carolina. 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

Ella Feiner ’22

Engineering Correspondent

Concentration: Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degree Program: B.S.E.

Certificate Programs: Quantitative and Computational Biology

Research Interests: Developmental biology, bioengineering, history of biology, history of medicine

Bio: I am a sophomore from Ridgewood, New Jersey concentrating in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a potential certificate in Quantitative and Computational Biology! I am interested in studying embryonic development as a tool to help better understand disease. In addition to this primary research interest, I am also passionate about the history of biology and medicine! On campus, I work in Dr. Clifford Brangwynne’s lab studying phase separation in development, serve as an Outdoor Action leader, compete as a member of the Princeton Debate Panel, and perform with the Princeton Pianists Ensemble. In my spare time, I’m a huge trivia nerd and can often be found doing the NYTimes crossword or playing Jeopardy with my friends!

Recent posts by Ella Feiner

Shanon FitzGerald ’20

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: Religion

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: Religion and political theory, American cultural and political history, intellectual history

Bio: I am a fourth-year from Indianapolis, Indiana. On campus, I facilitate the Human Values Forum at the UCHV, sing in the Chapel Choir, and serve as Treasurer of the satirical Tiger Magazine. I am also an assistant editor at Law and Liberty. I’m a firm believer in taking time to smell the roses, so don’t be surprised if you catch me walking, talking, or playing guitar in my spare time!

Recent posts by Shanon FitzGerald

Alec Israeli ’21

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: History

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: African American Studies, European Cultural Studies, Humanistic Studies

Research Interests: Labor history, intellectual history, 19th century America, Jewish studies, political theory

Bio: I am a third-year from Long Island, New York. On campus, I am a writer and the managing editor for the Princeton Progressive magazine, am a co-founder and the senior editor for Foundations (an undergraduate journal for critical thought in the humanities), and serve as a student mentor with the Humanities Council. In my spare time, I love to play jazz piano. If things go as planned (for now), I hope to pursue a career in academia, researching and teaching history!

Recent posts by Alec Israeli

Rafi Lehmann ’20

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: History

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Urban Studies, Environmental Studies

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

Bio: I am a fourth-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

Raya Ward ’21

Social Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Human-Computer Interaction and Design

Degree Program: A.B.

Certificate Programs: Visual Arts, Technology and Society

Research Interests: Art history, cognitive psychology, media, design, user experience, human-computer interaction, technology

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

Soo Young Yun ’22

Humanities Correspondent

Concentration: English

Degree Program: A.B.

Research Interests: minority literature, politics, international relations, history, race in East Asia, gender and sexuality, media

Bio: I am a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea. On campus, I am the Co-Editor-in-Chief for Unfound (Princeton’s Journal of Asian American Studies), on the Peer Review Board for the Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal, and a Managing Regional Editor for American Foreign Policy Magazine. In my spare time, I love watching cat videos and dancing to BLACKPINK.

Recent posts by Soo Young Yun


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:

Alec Getraer ’19 – Natural Sciences Correspondent

Concentration: Geosciences
Degree Program: A.B.
Research Interests: Ecology, geology, biogeochemistry, geomorphology, climate science

Posts by Alec Getraer

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

Elise Freeman ’19 – Humanities Correspondent

: French and Italian
Degree Program: A.B
Research Interests: International affairs, culture, francophone countries

Posts by Elise Freeman

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