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Stanford undergrads awarded for honors theses

Angela Lee and Daniel Tang

Jun 20 2019

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Awards, Students

Thirty-eight Stanford graduating seniors were recently recognized for their honors theses. Each was awarded a bronze medal, citation and a monetary award.

Stanford undergraduate students received awards for their theses at a ceremony over Commencement weekend. The Firestone and Robert M. Golden Medals and the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prizes were given to 38 winners representing 32 undergraduate departmental and interdisciplinary honors programs.

The event, hosted by Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education, took place Saturday, June 15, on campus.

The Firestone and Golden Medals are awarded to the top 10 percent of honors theses completed in a given year. The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research recognizes theses written in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. The Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts similarly distinguishes theses in the humanities or creative projects in the fine arts. The medalists each received an engraved bronze medal, citation and a monetary award.

Students pose with their advisors.

Winners of the Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize with their advisors. From left: Lucy O’Brien, Sang Ngo, Deepti Kannan, David Kennedy, Aron Ramirez, Gordon Chang, Philip Clark and Amy Zegart. (Image credit: Courtesy Stanford VPUE)

The Kennedy Prize is awarded annually to the single best thesis in each of the four areas of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering and applied sciences. Recipients of this award have accomplished exceptionally advanced research in the field and have shown strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly works. The prize was established in 2008 in recognition of history Professor David M. Kennedy’s mentoring of undergraduate writers. Winners each received an engraved plaque and a monetary award.

The projects conducted by the winners capture the breadth of the undergraduate experience at Stanford. They included research on such topics as natural logic reasoning, the molecular mechanisms underlying tumorigenesis, the behavioral economics of social media, and the role of civic identity in the making of the Mexican Beverly Hills. Other winners created sculptural portraits, crafted exceptional poems and excelled as musicians, actors and directors.


Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Angela Lee, “Social Media Mindsets: The Impact of Implicit Theories of Social Media Use on Psychological Well-Being,” Psychology, advised by Alia Crum (Psychology) and Jeffrey Hancock (Communication)

Daniel Tang, “Exploring the Mind-Body Connection: Optical Interrogation of Insular Cortex During Risky Decision-Making in Mice,” Bioengineering, advised by Karl Deisseroth (Bioengineering) and Brian Knutson (Psychology)