University seniors Hans Hanley and Jennifer Silver have been named recipients of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship.

The award is one of the University’s highest honors, intended to broaden the global experience of its participants by providing them the opportunity to study, work, or travel abroad after graduation. 

“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” Silver wrote in an email statement. “The Sachs Global Scholarship will enable me to develop a strong foundation in the study of Southeast Asia, which will be extremely valuable as I continue in my academic studies”.

Silver is a religion major who specializes in Southeast Asia, focusing on the treatment and perspectives of migrant women in the region. She plans on using the scholarship to get her master’s degree in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. Silver is a member of Wilson College, an undergraduate research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion, and a member of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Migration Research Community. She also serves as a project manager with Princeton Business Volunteers and a member of the Religious Life Council.

“I see the potential of ethnographic methods to improve scholarship on women’s migrant labor in Southeast Asia so that it more accurately reflects the realities experienced by women migrants and can be the basis for more impactful policy initiatives,” Silver wrote.

Hans Hanley is an electrical engineering major pursuing certificates in applications of computing and in robotics and intelligence systems.  He will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Oxford in mathematics and the foundations of computer science and a master’s in computer science. Hanley plans to seek a career in academic research and cyber technology policy, focusing on cybersecurity and personal privacy in the digital age.  

“A big emphasis of this scholarship is on the public good and what your work is going to do to help people,” Hanley said.  “What I was oriented towards is using cybersecurity to make sure people’s data is secure.”

Hanley was awarded the George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize in 2016 and twice won the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. He is president of the University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

The Sachs scholarship was established by the classmates and friends of Daniel Sachs ‘60, a Princeton student-athlete who attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and died of cancer in 1967 at the age of 28.  

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