Undergraduate prizes awarded to seven students for academic achievement

Sept. 6, 2023

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. 3.

“We’re very pleased to honor this year’s prize winners,” Dean of the College Jill Dolan said. “Many Princeton students boast exceptional records of accomplishment. These students have achieved quite a lot academically and also contributed by their example to what it means to take full advantage of a Princeton undergraduate education. Their programs of study illustrate their exemplary dedication to our liberal arts mission. My colleagues and I wish them warm congratulations and look forward to their continued success.”

This year’s Freshman First Honor Prize is shared by Jenny Li and Daniel Yu. The prize is awarded to members of the sophomore class in recognition of exceptional achievement during their first year.

Li is from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she attended Eric Hamber Secondary School. A member of Forbes College, she is a computer science major who intends to pursue a minor in statistics and machine learning.

This summer, she interned as a developer for Chessle — a guessing game like Wordle for chess aficionados. 

Yu is from New York City, where he attended The Dalton School. A member of Forbes College, he is considering majoring in English or African American studies and pursuing minors in gender and sexuality studies, and creative writing.

This summer, Yu participated in the PIIRS Global Seminar “Vienna: Culture and Politics” and worked as a research assistant for Catherine Clune-Taylor, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies.