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COS senior Preeti Iyer awarded the Walter E. Hope Class of 1901 Medal

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by Emily Aronson

Princeton senior Preeti Iyer has been honored for her service to the Class of 2020 and to the University, receiving the Walter E. Hope Class of 1901 Medal, which recognizes the senior who, in the judgment of the student’s classmates, has done the most for Princeton.

The University will host a virtual Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 31. A special in-person ceremony to honor the class is planned for May 2021.

Preeti Iyer

Preeti Iyer
Photo by Lyra Katzman

Iyer, of Alpharetta, Georgia, is a computer science concentrator and a member of Forbes College. She has been involved in a wide range of activities across the University, ranging from advocacy to athletics and the arts.

She led the Princeton Menstrual Products Task Force for three years, successfully launching a University program to provide free menstrual products in Princeton restrooms, and has assisted over a dozen other universities in launching similar initiatives. She is also the founder and director of “Period Palooza: A Menstrual Equity and Innovation Conference,” and previously served as a U-Councilor on the Undergraduate Student Government. 

Iyer co-founded Representable.org along with four other Princeton students. The crowdsourced redistricting tool helps combat gerrymandering and improves redistricting efforts across the county.

A member of the campus arts community, she performed with DiSiac Dance Company and Princeton Bhangra. During her first two years, she also competed as a member of Princeton Women’s Rugby Team.

In addition, Iyer has held data science internships at Facebook, Tesla, and the Associate of American Medical Colleges. 

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