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Students honored at Opening Exercises

At Opening Exercises Sunday, President Harold Shapiro encouraged Princeton's newest students to seek out the unfamiliar, take intellectual risks and take "full advantage of the new beginnings" that the University can offer.

The ceremony welcomed new students and honored returning ones, as six undergraduate and graduate students received awards for their academic achievements at Princeton.

Jared George Kramer, a senior from Atkinson, N.H., received the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, which is given to the undergraduate with the highest academic standing at the end of the junior year. A B.S.E. candidate in the Department of Computer Science, he has a record of academic honors at Princeton, including the Freshman First Honor Prize for the Class of 2001 and the President's Award for Academic Achievement in the freshman and sophomore years. He is a member of the Princeton University Glee Club and the Human Value Forum.

Sophomore Peggy Ping Hsu, who is pursuing pre-medical studies, won this year's Freshman First Honor Prize, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement during the freshman year. Hsu, from Bethelem, Pa., has a strong interest in chemistry and molecular biology. Outside the classroom, she has participated in the Manna Christian Fellowship and plays the violin.

Junior Abbie Boggiano Liel of Portland, Ore. won the George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize for exceptional achievement during the sophomore year. Liel is concentrating in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is pursuing a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School. She plays the bassoon in the Princeton University Orchestra and provides computer assistance to the university community as a consultant on the CIT help desk.

The George B. Wood Legacy Junior Prize for exceptional achievement during the junior year was awarded to senior Vance Foster Serchuk of Katonah, N.Y., who is concentrating in the Department of History and pursuing certificates in Russian Studies, European Cultural Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Outside the classroom, he is a leading member of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society and serves on its governing council. He serves as co-executive director of Princeton Model Congress and is a peer advisor in Wilson College.

Two graduate students also were recognized at Opening Exercises, representing more than a dozen graduate students who receive honorific fellowships each year.

Manfred Laubichler, a graduate student in the History of Science, is a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter fellow. A native of Austria, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vienna and studied in the Ph.D. program in biology at Yale University. He has written research publications and book reviews, and twice has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Graduate student Jayanthi V.J. Wolf, of Sri Lanka, is a Harold W. Dodds fellow. She graduated summa cum laude from Susquehanna University and is studying molecular biology at Princeton. She won awards for the quality of her precepts two times, and was a visiting scholar at the Curie Institute in France.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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