Venture Forward videos

Morgan Smith '21

Dare to Venture

The “Dare to Venture” video series features Princeton faculty and alumni who are daring to ask the questions that have the potential to change the future. The videos emphasize the University’s defining principles — talent and truth-seeking; access, affordability and inclusivity; and service to humanity.

“I get a visceral enjoyment from knowing that I’m being useful, that what I’m doing is helping someone else.”

Morgan Smith ’21
Morgan Smith

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Morgan Smith with her grandfather, David King
From Princeton to Chicago legal aid, Morgan Smith ’21 leads through service

At Princeton, Morgan Smith developed a sense of self through helping others. Today, she works for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, a pro bono legal aid organization that represents the interests of children.

“We’re on the cusp of a revolution in our ability to gain a mechanistic understanding of how species coexist, how ecosystems work, and how to patch them up when they get damaged.”

Rob Pringle, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
Rob Pringle

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Rob Pringle
With DNA toolkit, Rob Pringle is learning how to rebuild broken ecosystems

In Kenya and Mozambique, Professor Rob Pringle and his team are using a revolutionary technique called DNA metabarcoding to analyze animal diets so they can better understand complex ecosystems and how to help sustain them.

“Technology is allowing us to get down to the single cell level, giving us a better understanding of how human cells — and humans as a whole — work.”

Mona Singh, professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Mona Singh

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Mona Singh
Mona Singh is tailoring tools to crack the cancer code

Mona Singh is a professor of computer science and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Her groundbreaking research into how proteins interact could have enormous ramifications for the study of diseases, in particular cancer. ​

“Princeton is a place where people want to see you do well. I think that’s a reason I decided to go back to Chambersburg, because I want to bring that same positive mindset back home: If you want to do something amazing, let’s figure out how to get you there.”

Kelton Chastulik ’21
Kelton Chastulik '21

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Kelton Chastulik '21
First-gen alumnus Kelton Chastulik ’21 paves path for others

After thriving as a first-generation student at Princeton, Kelton Chastulik ’21 is back in his hometown — Chambersburg, Pennsylvania — guiding high school students towards their own dreams.

“The Venture Forward campaign aims to engage our alumni and friends, encourage a spirit of service to the University and to humanity, and help us expand the frontiers of knowledge.”

President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83
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‘Dare to Venture’ video kicks off Venture Forward campaign

With Venture Forward, Princeton University is embarking on a new engagement and fundraising campaign dedicated to sharing Princeton’s defining principles and their impact on the world.