Community Associates

The Community Associates (CA) are full-time graduate students who work for the Office of Graduate Student Life on a part-time basis to help enhance graduate student life, build a sense of community amongst graduate students and plan a variety of events and programs. The Community Associates live in campus housing and can be a resource to help graduate students with residential matters. Joining the Community Associates program is an outstanding way to meet new people, develop leadership and administrative skills, gain useful experience for your resume or C.V., explore specific academic, professional and social interests, and contribute to the graduate experience. The associates are supervised by the assistant dean for residence life and student affairs and work collaboratively with the Community Programs Coordinator and the Associate Dean for Student Life.

Community Associates will receive a housing stipend of $2300/academic year and priority in the graduate housing draw. The stipend is in addition to any research, teaching and/or fellowship awards they may hold, subject to Graduate School and University policies.


To apply to become a community associate, complete and submit a program application here. Applications are due each year in January for the upcoming academic year. Applications should be sent via e-mail to Dean Secora.

Community Associates

Allison Hall

Allison Hall

5th Year Student
Department of Molecular Biology

Hello! I'm a fifth year PhD student in Molecular Biology, studying yeast genetics. This is my first year as a Community Associate and I am so excited to get to know all of you. I'm from Colorado and love to ski, hike, and rock climb.  I also love to find great food and enjoy a good movie. I'm looking forward to planning events that allow me to meet as many of you as possible!

Michael Jemison

Department of Mathematics

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Mathematics. I'm excited to serve as a CA this semester! I enjoy fitness activities, reading, and Super Smash Brothers Melee. My events will center around between physical activities and food.

Sarah Case 5th year Princeton University grad student

Sarah Case

Department of English

I'm a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, where I work on Renaissance literature. This is my first year as a Community Associate, and I'm so excited to plan events for the graduate community. My Princeton bucket list is still long, and I look forward to trying new things (from canoeing on the Tow Path to watching a Princeton football game) with all of you. Here's to a fun year!

Sneha Ruth

3rd Year Student
Department of Molecular Biology

I'm a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Molecular Biology. Besides lab work, I enjoy cooking and sketching. I am quite outdoorsy & take every opportunity to travel, go long-distance running & biking. I love meeting new people and exploring local shops & cuisines. This will be my first time serving as a C.A. and I am excited to get to know many of you through various events!

Mary Burroughs

3rd Year Student
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Hello all! I'm a third year PhD student in chemical and biological engineering, studying nanoconfinement effects on the behavior of glassy polymers.  This is my first year as a Community Associate, and I'm really excited to plan fun activities and meet new people.  I'm particularly interested in outdoorsy and low-key social (eg. movie nights, crafts, game nights) activities, as well as exploring events and activities that the greater Princeton area has to offer.  I'm looking forward to a fun year!

Tim Treuer

4th Year Student
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hi, my name is Tim and I hail from the great state of Alaska!  I'm currently a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where I conduct research related to the recovery of regenerating tropical forest ecosystems.  This is my first year as a Community Associate, but I am incredibly excited to organize events that expose people to something new or different, be it anything from art to food to outdoor activity.  Don't hesitate to send me a message if there's a place you'd like to explore with other graduate students!