Academy of Notre Dame de Namur alumna Janet Wu ’16 was named the winner of Oberlin’s 2021 Nexial Prize, a $50,000 award given annually to a student in the graduating class whose studies in science are accompanied by an interest in the study of culture.
With majors in neuroscience, biology, and piano performance, Wu recently graduated from Oberlin College with double degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of music. According to Oberlin News, she is the first double-degree student to be honored in the prize’s five-year history, as well as the first student of color and Asian American recipient. Among her many accolades, Wu is also one of two winners of the Pi Kappa Lambda Prize for Musicianship, one of the conservatory’s highest honors, and she is the recipient of the Neuroscience Department Prize and the Hope Hibbard Memorial Scholarship in Biology.
In August, Wu began the Physician-Scientist Training Program at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she plans to continue her cancer research of seeking new biomarkers for early detection and approaches to treatment.
Director of Middle School Bridget Bonner recalls Janet as “a conscientious student who was dedicated to her studies. She researched topics thoroughly, asked clarifying questions and wrote impeccable papers. She was a contemplative student with an easy smile.”