Xinyi Chen is an undergraduate student at Cornell University (Class of 2017). She plans to major in Near Eastern Studies and minor in Jewish Studies. In the academic year of 2014, she received the Herman and Phoebe Karpel Memorial Prize in recognition of superior performance in learning Modern Hebrew. Xinyi has been writing about current affairs in Israel as well as Jewish history, and working as a core member in a non-profit media organization that aims to the understanding of Israel in China, with a personal concentration in news, peace progress, art and literature.
In the summer of 2014, Xinyi was an intern at The Magnes, working with Julie Franklin on collection management tasks. She also participated in the second season of archaeological excavation at Tel Abel Beth Maacah, a joint project between Azusa Pacific University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in collaboration with Cornell University.