Chatterjee receives this year’s Isserman Prize


Arts & Sciences senior Nisha K. Chatterjee is this year’s winner of the Rabbi Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize.

The award, given annually, recognizes a student who has made a significant contribution in service and leadership to ecumenical or interfaith activities on the Washington University in St. Louis campus.

Chatterjee, a native of La Canada, Calif., has been active with the university’s Bhakti Yoga Club as well as the Inter-Beliefs Council. She previously was treasurer and this year serves as president of Bhakti Yoga Club, which helps students experience spiritual culture from ancient India.

She represented Bhakti Yoga Club on the Interfaith Campus Ministries Association, a group composed mostly of clergy and religious organizations’ staff, and helped with joint outreach events. She also was part of a team that helped organize and run this year’s Pluralism Week, which promotes interfaith awareness and dialogue within the WUSTL community.

Chatterjee plans to graduate this month with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in international and area studies and economics.

The prize was established to honor the late Ferdinand Isserman, a distinguished rabbi and author who was active in social and interfaith issues locally, nationally and internationally. Winners receive $500 and are honored at a luncheon.