2009-10 Applicants and Fellows at a Glance

2009-10 Fellowship Applicant Statistics

 – 149 applicants applied for 2009-2010 PP55 Fellowships
–  126 applicants were from the class of 2009, representing 84.6% of the applicant pool and 11% of the  graduating class
–  15.4% of the applicant pool represents class years other than 2009
–  76% of the applicant pool were female
–  In total, applicants represented 28 different majors
– The departments of history, WWS and psychology were most common, representing 35% of the entire applicant pool, 38.1% of applicants from the Class of 2009
–  16.8% of the applicant pool had engineering or hard science degrees

2009-10 PP55 Fellows Statistics 

–  There are a total of 46 fellows
–  34 of the fellows are female (76%) and 12 are male (26%)
–  37 are from the class of 2009, which is about 80% of the fellows and 3% of the class
–  Fellows represent 19 different majors
– The most common major was Politics, representing about 13%, followed by Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Psychology, History, and the Woodrow Wilson School at almost 8% each, and 22% of the fellows majored in the hard sciences and engineering

The Alumni Network Sets Strategic Direction for 2009-12

Princeton Project 55 is excited to share with our valued affiliates our goals for The Alumni Network in 2009-12:

Princeton Project 55 would like to grow and expand to reach alumni of all ages—providing more opportunities to connect with Project 55, our affiliates, and each other to serve our nation in the public interest.

Project 55 will expand its TAN activities in order to support that ambitious goal. Here are just a few of our plans for 2009-10:

1.     Communications: Project 55 will continue to provide TAN affiliates’ contact information every fall and help to organize and share best practices and resources online.

  • Chet Safian intends to retire as TAN Program Leader and will be less proactive in seeking new TAN affiliates. Affiliates and/or interested parties should email TAN@alumnicorps.org with any questions or suggestions throughout the year.
  • Project 55 is committed to continuing local partnerships in our cities and fellowship “position sharing” with our affiliates when applicable. We are grateful for the wonderful collaboration among TAN affiliates “on the ground,“ which benefit all our programs.
  • Project 55 will continue to publish The Venture Catalyst online, and we encourage online posting and participation from our affiliates.

2.     Conference: Project 55 plans to expand and enhance the TAN Conference in order to broaden our reach to affiliates, partner organizations and alumni of all ages and interests.

  • We expect this change to enrich and diversify the TAN conference experience for our long-time affiliates. All TAN Affiliates will be invited and encouraged to lead and participate in workshops of interest. At the same time, Project 55 will have an opportunity to better connect its Board members and supporters with TAN and other PP55 programming.
  • This in no way prevents our affiliates from planning additional TAN conferences in their areas. In fact, we encourage local innovation!

3.     Project 55’s 20th Anniversary Year: During our 20th Anniversary year and hopefully beyond, PP55 hopes to facilitate more opportunities for universities and alumni of all ages to engage in the public interest.

  • Project 55 plans to pilot at least one networking/idea-sharing event for this purpose in each of our major fellowship cities in 2009-10. Stay tuned for more information, and please send any thoughts to TAN@alumnicorps.org!

NoteShould any TAN affiliate feel an Advisory Board conference call is in order, they should contact the Advisory Board Chair, Nick Beilenson (NBeilenson@peterpauper.com) or email TAN@alumnicorps.org

Chet Safian ’55 interviewed by GOTO


Chet Safian ’55, current PP55 volunteer, former Chair of the PP55 New York area committee, and former PP55 Board member, was recently interviewed by Giving Opportunities to Others (GOTO). GOTO enriches the lives of promising, underprivileged middle school students by immersing them in art and music. This effort is complemented by a series of initiatives that encourage philanthropic awareness and leadership among young professionals. GOTO was founded by Cameron Snaith ’00, a former Princeton Project 55 fellow in New York.

Click here to read the full interview.