Three weeks and a pandemic ago, Bojan Lazarevic ’20 kept a regimented daily checklist. Do my fruit flies have enough food in their vials? Is their food too dry? Too wet? Are the flies healthy? Are they laying eggs? Then arrived the COVID-19 pandemic. And suddenly — like arts performances, like campus traffic, like study abroad programs — Lazarevic’s work came to a full stop.
It took them 18 months and surprisingly few obstacles. By intersession 2020, they’d pieced together Princeton’s first international Tiger Trek, modeled off of pre-existing New York City and Silicon Valley Tiger Treks. The weeklong trip offered 18 students and two chaperones the opportunity to travel to Israel in an attempt to understand how the country’s political climate, culture, and other institutions contribute to creating such an expansive tech ecosystem in such a small space.