Open Research Initiative is a new resource to inspire research topics for STEM-focused students at Princeton. Eno and I reached out to non-profits, startups, and industry leaders to curate cutting-edge real-world research topics (and hopefully share relevant data) that students might use to find interesting research problems for their Junior and Senior research. In this partnership, industry provides opportunities, research questions, and funding, and Princeton provides professors and students to collaborate.

As part of the Computer Science curriculum, Junior complete semester-long projects (“IW”) and Seniors undertake year-long independent theses.

Key Takeaways:

  • Princeton (can be extended to undergrads at all schools, we just…


Overview

ChatDoc is a chatbot for personal health records that empowers patients to have control over and easy access to their medical records. The MVP is a chatbot that asks you how you are feeling before you see a doctor and securely share that information with your physician.

Key Takeaways

  • Khyati and I submitted this to a Facebook Messenger hackathon. Since we didn’t win, we would have really appreciated feedback from the judges :(
  • It gave me the excuse to work with one of my best friends :) and an excuse to pick my parents’ brains (they got really excited talking about this…


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My power-PM pal (almost an alliteration?) Jen Lee and I proposed a workshop at the 2020 Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in CS.

Only ~11% of VC funding went to companies with at least one female founder. Have an idea for a startup or side project? Let’s join them. In this workshop, we’ll help you generate and jumpstart your idea into a pitch. You’ll walk out with an elevator pitch and a 10 slide pitch deck or landing page to use to apply to accelerator programs, compete in startup competitions, and pitch to VC firms.

Key Takeaways

  • Talking through and writing this…


Overview

Onboarding is tough! We partner with companies and students to bridge the Academic-Professional Gap by leading a week-long boot camp that emulates a work environment to teach essential professional and technical skills.

Key Takeaways:

  • My homie Quinn and I noticed that there’s a gap between what CS students learn in the classroom and what employers expect professionally and technically of interns.. and we tried to do something about it!
  • From personal experience, we often felt like we wasted so much time being onboarded and wish we could’ve hit the ground running. …


Overview

PsychU is a Virtual Assistant for Psychedelic Experiences that enables people to enhance creativity + reduce negative emotionality through psychedelics in a safe, guided manner through our app and increases the availability of data for research

Key Takeaways:

  • We did a deep dive and wrote a 47-page white paper on psychedelics, covering the history, science, and business opportunity.
  • I learned a ton about the world of psychedelics, one that I knew absolutely nothing about previously. Now, I feel educated enough to have an opinion on both. …


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Princeton’s curriculum does a great job of teaching core Computer Science and Engineering concepts. However, we noticed a gap between what’s taught in the classroom and what appears in tech interviews. So, we created a mentorship program between underclassmen who are interested in pursuing careers in tech (mentees) and young alumni/seniors who have recruited for and have held SWE, PM, and Data Science roles. The expectation is quite small: a 1-hour mock interview. Bevin, Stephen, and I created tech recruiting guides to scale knowledge sharing and provide a skeleton for and a way to standardize the 1-hour mock interviews.

Key Takeaways

  • We…


Overview

Odes to Princeton is a collection of short stories submitted by current and former students with reflections, feelings, thoughts, and questions about Princeton

Motivation:

  • We started this as a way to reflect and say good-bye to the campus we called home for 3.75 years and were forced to leave so suddenly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that this site will be used as a way to reflect on and celebrate our favorite Princeton memories.
  • My friend and I LOVE the New York Times Modern Love Column! We love their bite-size, emotion-filled, and incredibly specific Tiny Love Stories, “Modern Love…

Overview:

Create a ~ 10 member fellowship of passionate desi early in career folk who care deeply about learning about the intersectionality of being desi + changing the world through tech/entrepreneurship/business/venture capital.

Next Steps:

  • Lean into my desi heritage more by reading more literature by Indian authors
  • Interview my parents and learn more about their experiences in immigrating from India to the United State
  • Link up with my friend Simi to start something like this through her established podcast series, Pioneers
  • Partner with my friend Rachel to plan a webinar series around Asian American Alumni from Princeton as part of A4P

My learnings:

  • What does…


Overview:

Princeton Angel Investing Syndicate is a group of early in career Princeton grads (graduated in the last 5–10 years) who are banding together to source, diligence, and invest in early-stage startups.

Next Steps:

  • Once I am eligible, become an accredited investor and start investing in a variety of startups via SPV. To de-risk, alongside known investors/VCs.
  • Potentially study for and take the accredited investor test (SEC). Anyone wanna be study buddies?
  • Create a mini fund if you have a tight-knit cohort, lots of buy-in, bright talent, and potential deal flow. …


Retrospectare: Latin for Retrospective

I get so much energy from novelty, whether it’s meeting new people, exploring new places, interacting with new ideas, and building new concepts. During COVID-19, the first two have been tougher. So that’s why I co-founded Tech x Social Impact and joined Contrary’s Talent and home(work). For the last two, I’ve been pushing myself to learn more about industries where I have no prior experience (starting a job and newly experiencing healthcare and ML was one way!) and to actually build out new concepts.

I love coming up with new ideas, be it a startup or project or thing, but…

Ayushi Sinha

Experience Broadly, Reflect Robustly | I like a biscuit with grit

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