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Students Honored for Academic Achievement at Opening Exercises

September 8th, 2019

Princeton University celebrated the accomplishments of its students with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes to seven students at Opening Exercises on Sunday, Sept. 8. This year’s George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize is shared by Mary DeVellis and Yechen Hu. The prize is awarded each year to members of the junior class in recognition of exceptional academic achievement during sophomore year.

Hu, of Shanghai, China, attended the High School Affiliated to Fudan University. She is concentrating in physics and plans to pursue certificates in biophysics and neuroscience. She spent the summer working in the Princeton Computational Memory Lab under the mentorship of Elizabeth McDevitt, a postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and Kenneth Norman, the Huo Professor in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience, professor of psychology and neuroscience, and chair of the Department of Psychology.

Hu’s project, which focuses on how the human brain resolves competition between memories via memory differentiation, was funded through the Office of Undergraduate Research Student Initiated Internship Program.

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