Justin Huynh '07, alumnus

The phrase “study abroad” often conjures images of students exploring art history in Florence, dissecting English literature at Cambridge or participating in full-immersion language programs in Tokyo or Tanzania. Princeton, however, believes students majoring in math, the sciences and engineering should have the same opportunities, and Justin Huynh ’07 agrees.

Huynh, who studied molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton, is now director of business development at Liquidware, a Boston-area electronics engineering company. In this role, he helps clients integrate new technologies into their hardware development needs. Prior to his employment at Liquidware, he was a New York-based consultant with the IMS Consulting Group, where he advised top pharmaceutical companies on clinical trial design, drug pricing and reimbursement strategy. He also was a researcher at Rockefeller University, where he published research on the neurological bases of cocaine additiction and relapse.

Huynh always knew he wanted to go abroad. Because Princeton’'s molecular biology department has partnerships with universities in England and Sweden, Huynh was able to take part in an international program without falling behind on required courses.

Huynh spent the spring semester of his junior year at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden — one of Europe’s largest medical universities. “All of the programs are related to either medicine or biological research,” he says.

“I wanted to go someplace most people don’t already go. I wanted to do something new,” says Huynh, who was only the second student from Princeton to attend the program. “It was better than I could have ever imagined.”

When he was applying to colleges, Huynh had his eyes set on all the top-tier schools, but Princeton was the only one that offered a financial aid package with no student loans.

Huynh also chose Princeton specifically for its celebrated molecular biology program, and he wasn’t disappointed. As early as first semester junior year, Huynh was doing the work of an experimental scientist. “Two years in, you’re reading and analyzing papers with a post-doc,” he says. “That’s something that other programs might not give you until you’re a graduate student.”

Huynh also worked for the business department of Princeton’s student newspaper, recruited for the Princeton Debate Panel and helped manage the Pre-Business Society.