Examples of Funded Proposals

Various examples of collaboration with faculty are presented below and in the Case Studies section of the website. Please do not feel limited by the examples, as we do not present exhaustive list, and we welcome the opportunity to think creatively about collaborating with faculty.  


  • Transforming GEO/ENV/STC 102 Climate: Past, Present, and Future: The primary goal of this course is to provide a broad range of students an adequate working knowledge of climate processes so that they can navigate questions of ongoing climate change in their current and future endeavors. A secondary goal is to enhance students’ interest in and enjoyment of the natural world as revealed by STEM disciplines. CST support has helped to transform the course content, teaching methods, and assessments to ensure that all students leave the course with specific skills and content knowledge, a particular concern as the enrollment has ballooned from ~30 students in Fall 2013 to over 200 students in Fall 2018.  Specific funding was made to Professor Danny Sigman and the Department of Geosciences. It included money for graduate student work over the summer, and personnel assistance from CST Associate Director Catherine Riihimaki.
  • Enhancing ENV 201 Topics in Environmental Studies: The goal of the project is to to revise and update the structure of the lecture and precepts to accommodate a more integrative conceptual framework, create more intentional and accumulative STEM based educational activities and assessment, and take greater pedagogical advantage of the multi-instructor aspect of this multi-disciplinary course. CST provided funding to support the faculty members' time and materials for the course. A member of the CST Administration worked intensively with the faculty on the project. Award granted to Prof. Kelly Caylor (CEE and PEI) and Prof. David Wilcove (EEB and WWS). 
  • Science, Society, and Dinner: This seminar course is organized around a series of interdisciplinary lectures, hands-on culinary lab classes, and resultant communal dinners. The focus will be on the biochemistry and biophysics of cooking as well as the biology and ecology of food systems. A major emphasis will be on the connections between food systems and the environment. Practical ‘Food Labs’ will teach critical culinary principles and their application to modern cuisine. In addition, through the inclusion of faculty guests, the course will address topics of food literacy and cultural awareness. CST provided funding to support the pilot programming to promote the course and to purchase materials, as well as support the visiting scholar, Chef Craig Shelton, serving as a member of the teaching team. A member of the CST Administration assisted with hosting and facilitating various meetings to promote the development of the course. Award granted to Prof. Kelly Caylor (CEE and PEI). 
  • VIS/CEE 418 Extraordinary Processes: The focus of the course is to investigate the circumstances of infested ash trees; develop a thorough understanding of the wood’s mechanical properties; and ultimately design, make, analyze, evaluate, and discuss novel experiments made of infested local ash wood. Overall, the course will be a hands‐on learning environment in which engineering and art can intersect and inform each other in a team‐taught studio setting. CST provided funding to assist with course development and implementation. Award granted to Prof. Joe Scanalan (VIS) and Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens (CEE).
  • Internship for Development of Electronic Instruments: Under the mentorship and apprenticeship of faculty in Music, students assisted with the development of new electronic instruments for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). CST provided funding to support the students and purchase materials for prototyping the electronic instruments.  Award granted to Dr. Jeff Snyder (MUS).
  • Enhancing CEE 102 Engineering in the Modern World: The goal of the project is to develop new experiments and laboratory devices to reinforce exposure and understanding of devices and systems that are discussed in the last quarter of the course – these are primarily in the areas of electronics (amplifiers, oscillators, and switches) and computers. CST provided funding to support undergraduate student stipends and equipment for the lab. A member of the CST Administration consulted on the development of the new experiments. Award granted to Prof. Michael Littman (MAE). 
  • A Course in Radio Astronomy: The STL-designated course will cover the technological aspects of radio astronomy (radio principles, low noise techniques, spectral analysis, software defined radio) and will provide a grounding in the basics of observational (radio) astronomy—e.g., coordinate systems, sidereal time, and related notions. The course will make extensive use of a 60-foot dish antenna located in Wall Township, NJ, and also a smaller 2.3-m dish on the roof of Jadwin Hall. A possible follow-on activity would provide opportunities for informal learning to members of the university community as well as the general public. CST provided funding to support the development of the course and purchase of materials. A member of the CST Administration also consulted on the development of the course. Award granted to Profs. Norman Jarosik and Daniel Marlow of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  
  • Internships for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Project-Based Curriculum Development: In collaboration with faculty in Anthropology, several Princeton University students developed, implemented, evaluated, and iterated a project-based STEAM curriculum for the Pan African Flobal Academy in Ghana. CST provided funds to support the students' travel and work. Award granted to Prof. Carolyn Rouse, Department of Anthropology.
  • Information Technology in the Public Interest: This initiative addresses a a number of increasingly salient issues at the intersection of public affairs, computer science, and electrical engineering. The multifaceted initiative includes providing courses for undergraduates, synergistic activities that engage the broader community, workshops to engage students in exploring issues and careers in technology policy, and conferences on computational approaches to fairness. CST provided funds to support students' engagement with the workshops and conferences. Award granted to Prof. Edward Felton, Dr. Joanna Huey, and Dr. Solon Barocas of CITP.
  • Effectiveness of Human-Specific Physiology Laboratories in EEB 211 Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork: The aim of the project is to reorganize the course to introduce new, relevant content and meed the needs of students. Through this new course organization, the faculty aim to provide students with the background and tools to allow them to critically evaluate scientific information as presented in their courses or on the evening news; the use of ‘clickers’ to answer questions on health issues has become a very popular part of the course that engages students in taking a key concept presented in lecture and using it to delve into compelling problems that affect their lives. CST provided funding to support faculty time and purchase equipment for the new laboratories. Award granted to Drs. Katherine Sullivan and Daniel Rubenstein of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.