Associate Professor Jonathan Pillow receives Graduate Mentoring Award

May 24, 2019

Associate Professor Jonathan Pillow has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2019 Graduate Mentoring Award. Pillow will be honored during the Graduate School’s Hooding ceremony on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School sponsor this annual award to honor Princeton faculty members who are exemplary in supporting the development of their graduate students as teachers, scholars, and professionals.

Jonathan Pillow, a faculty member since 2014, works on problems at the intersection of neuroscience, statistics and machine learning. Students who work in his lab said they were grateful for the stimulating and supportive atmosphere he fosters. “Professor Pillow has created a very collaborative, energetic and friendly lab environment, and has made it very clear that diversity and inclusivity are important to him,” said a member of his lab. “Gestures like highlighting achievements, inquiring about students’ stress levels, or inviting the group over to his house for a lab brunch showed a great level of care and also created a very close-knit community inside the group,” said a research assistant.

Students cited his commitment to “the well-being of the graduate community,” particularly his frankness in discussing the challenges of graduate school and research. “He constantly leads by example, giving his students a role model to emulate rather than instructions to follow,” said an advisee.

Courtesy of Office of Communications, Princeton University