Two Anthropology majors honored for leadership and service at 2024 Class Day

May 27, 2024

Two Anthropology majors from the Class of 2024, Kaitlyn Chen and Jalen Travis, were honored for their leadership and service at the University’s Athletic Awards and Princeton University’s Class of 2024 Class Day ceremony on Monday, May 27, 2024.             

The C. Otto von Kienbusch Award, which recognizes the top senior sportswoman at Princeton, was awarded to basketball player Kaitlyn Chen, an anthropology major in the medical anthropology track from San Marino, California. A three-time Ivy League Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Chen led the Tigers to three Ivy League titles, three Ivy League Tournament crowns and three NCAA Tournament appearances. She helped the Tigers become the first Ivy League women’s team to win NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back seasons. The two-time unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection and 2023 Ivy Player of the Year has amassed a 74-16 mark during her time at Princeton, including three Top 25 victories. Chen was named a College Sports Communicators Second Team Academic All-American as a senior, the program’s first since 2016, after finishing her Tiger career with 1,276 points and 359 assists. She is a member of Forbes College.

The Arthur Lane ’34 Citizen Athlete Award honors selfless contribution to sport and society by an undergraduate student-athlete. This year the honor went to football player Jalen Travis, an anthropology major in the law, politics, and economics track with a certificate in African American studies who is from Minneapolis. A senior captain and offensive lineman, Travis was a two-time All-Ivy performer and Ivy League champion. He was named the national male collegiate recipient of the Athletes for a Better World Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, which honors character, teamwork and citizenship. Travis founded the nonprofit organization The Just Action Coalition in Minneapolis. At Princeton, he was co-director of the Minority Pre-Law Association. He has been awarded a Truman Scholarship to attend law school and pursue a career in public service. He is a member of New College West.