The purpose of the Shansi Prize is to recognize the work of a graduating senior that demonstrates an exceptional understanding of an aspect of Asia or Asian Diasporas and is based on the values of mutual understanding, respect and learning.

Students from both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Conservatory of Music are encouraged to submit their works. All formats are eligible, including written work, artwork, class or research projects, musical compositions, and performance pieces. The Shansi Prize is for the amount of $500.

For submission, students need to also request a letter of support from an Oberlin faculty member. Faculty members who have encountered student work that they consider exceptional may encourage students to submit their works.