GradFutures Virtual Forum @Princeton University (April 29 - May 1)


Wed - Fri, Apr 29 to May 1, 12:00pm - 5:00pm


Follow the link to register for the any or all of the sessions below.

Please consider joining us for Princeton’s GradFUTURES Virtual Forum – April 29, 30 & May 1. 

The goal of the GradFUTURES Virtual Forum is to accelerate connectivity among and between graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and leaders from a diverse array of fields. This Forum will encourage attendees to forge deeper connections, build community and explore opportunities for leadership and meaningful professional development within all fields of endeavor.
Follow this link to register for the any or all of the sessions below.




12-1:30 PM Data Transparency, the Ph.D. Labor Market and Diverse Career Pathways
Join Matt Sigelman ’94, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies for an in-depth look at the Ph.D. labor market, the professional skills and competencies of high-value across diverse industries, and the potential impact of economic uncertainty related to COVID-19 on the landscape of opportunities. Introduction by Eva Kubu, Associate Dean and Director of Professional Development.

9-9:45 AM  Ali Nouri *06, President of FAS
Join Ali Nouri *06, President of the Federation of American Scientists for a conversation about his career journey, and the role of graduate education, public policy, and PhD-trained scientists in our current moment.
12-1:30 Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Graduate Education
Join Rodney Priestley, the inaugural Vice Dean of Innovation for an overview of his vision for ways graduate students across all divisions can transform their research into solutions for society via immersion in Princeton's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as part of their professional development. Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School.  From 1:00-1:30 pm, Dr. Priestley will be joined by Udit Batra *96, CEO of Millipore Sigma, for a fireside chat. They will discuss Dr. Batra's leadership of MilliporeSigma in finding a treatment for COVID-19, as well as his career journey, and advice for current graduate students.


12-1:15 PM Hi-Phi Nation Podcast with Barry Lam *06
Join Philosophy Ph.D. alumnus Barry Lam *06 for his Hi-Phi Nation podcast. Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School.
1:30-2:30 PM Podcasting 101 Panel
Podcasting Panel (moderated by Wright Seneres, the host of Princeton Spark.) Join us for a discussion of how graduate students can translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.

Panelists include:
Barry Lam *06, host of Hi Phi Nation
Margaret Koval, Director of Special Projects, Office of Communications-- SheRoars, WeRoar
Tiger Gao '21, Host of Policy Punchline podcast
4- 5 PM Closing Keynote: Fireside Chat with Ann Kirschner *78 and Sree Sreenivasan
Introduction by Sarah-Jane Leslie, Dean of the Graduate School.  Two leading thinkers on the future of academia share their thoughts on what we’ve learned and where we go from here. Ann Kirschner is University Professor at The City University of New York, and Faculty Fellow at the Futures Initiative. She is a Princeton Trustee and co-chairs Dean’s Leadership Council for the Graduate School at Princeton University.  Sree Sreenivasan is Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation, Stony Brook School of Journalism and former Chief Digital Officer of New York City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Columbia University.