Princeton University celebrated the academic accomplishments of its students with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes to seven students at Opening Exercises on Sunday, Sept. 4.

"We are especially proud of these exemplary student scholars and pleased to celebrate their academic success," Dean of the College Jill Dolan said. "They've worked diligently at their studies, while demonstrating how to best take advantage of the many opportunities Princeton offers its undergraduate students. They boast diverse, rich programs of study and illustrate how you can be a successful student and a productive, well-rounded citizen of the University. My colleagues and I are pleased with their accomplishments and proud of their commitments."


Princeton undergraduates honored for their academic achievements at Opening Exercises gather with President Christopher L. Eisgruber (back row, center) and Dean of the College Jill Dolan (far right). The students are (front row, from left) Lucy Ann Sirrs, Arya Maheshwari, Yuri Yu and Aleksa Milojević, and (back row, from left) Beatrix Bondor, Casey Beidel and Brendan Kehoe. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications

This year's Freshman First Honor Prize is shared by Arya Maheshwari and Zhihan (Yuri) Yu. The prize is awarded to members of the sophomore class in recognition of exceptional achievement during the first year.

Maheshwari, of Los Altos, California, attended the Harker school in San Jose, California. He is considering majoring in mathematics and pursuing certificates in applications of computing and in applied and computational mathematics. He is a member of Whitman College.

This summer, he was a software engineering intern at Two Sigma, a financial sciences company in Houston, with nine other rising sophomores from across the country. 

Yu, of Guangzhou, China, attended the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University in Guangzhou. She is considering majoring in comparative literature and pursuing certificates in gender and sexuality studies, East Asian studies and German. She is a member of Rockefeller College.

This summer, Yu stayed on campus and conducted an independent research project on early-20th-century Chinese poetry and the Chinese feminine third-person pronoun, with funding by the Office of Undergraduate Research. She was mentored by Alexis Ferguson, a Princeton graduate student in the Department of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Yu also studied German language and culture with Adam Oberlin, a senior lecturer in German, through the virtual Princeton-in-Munich Program.

See more from the source: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2022/09/04/undergraduate-prizes-awarded-seven-students-academic-achievement

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