2013 Recipients of the Deans' Award for Academic Achievement
Franklin Caval-Holme is a senior completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He is recognized for his achievements as a student, scholar, researcher, and mentor. His professors note that “Franklin is a true scholar…capable of investigating questions at great depth while never losing sight of the larger context.” He operates at the level of a senior graduate student, evident by the imminent publication of a first-author publication in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal, Evolution.”
Rowan Chakoumakos, a senior in computer science, is honored for his outstanding achievements in research in multiple disciplines. With Professors Fabian Pease and Jun Ye, Rowan has designed and built a computer-controlled tactile probing system, a project requiring computational skills and also the mastering of new electrical and mechanical engineering skills. He is now working on a project studying the human brains’ EEG signals and their relation to processes.
Felix Chang is a senior having written an honors thesis in Psychology described by his faculty as “innovative” and “novel,” and they have cited its “creativity,” “brilliance,” and “ingenuity.” His thesis tests stereotype threat in a virtual environment, allowing Felix to manipulate important variables, such as gender, that normally can’t be manipulated. Felix’s “research has the potential to show more directly than past studies in non-virtual settings...”
Rachel Kelley is a senior majoring in Human Biology. During her undergraduate years, she has devoted significant time to the health concerns of underserved people and communities in the United States as well as overseas. She has served in the Patient Advocacy Program for four years, working weekly shifts and helping redesign its curriculum and its breast cancer screening strategy. She has been a significant impact in the fields of public health, public service, and public policy.
Pat Kennedy has achieved excellence in political science and in creative arts. His honors thesis in political science examines the approval ratings of chief executives around the world. He gathered approval data from a large number of countries, merged the data, and used sophisticated statistical methods to study how popular sentiment changes during a leader’s tenure in office. In addition, Patrick has composed music for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Stanford Chamber Chorale, the Stanford Drama Department, and many other pieces.
Bojan Milic, a senior double-majoring in Biology and Chemistry, joined the Biophysics lab of mentor Steven Block as a freshman, and has since become integral to that group’s work on kinesin, a motor-protein that ferries cargo inside living cells. Bojan is co-author of a paper in preparation, “The Role of the Neck Linker in Kinesin Processivity”, that describes the group’s new understanding of the role played by these molecules within cells.
Anna Ntiriwah-Asare is an Anthropology major who represents the successful amalgamation of academic excellence, rigorous scholarship, and civic mindedness. With a consistently high GPA, Anna remains involved in myriad activities that help the Stanford community such as directing PCTRS, a non-profit Philanthropy organization that raises money for women’s health clinics and organizations through a photo shoot competition, an organization she founded.
Emma Pierson is a senior completing her Bachelor’s degree in Physics along with a Co-terminal Master's degree in Computer Science. She is recognized for “her talents and accomplishments in physics, Machine learning, statistical analysis and interpretation of data, writing and debating.” Emma’s professors state that she “already operates at the level of a graduate student in terms of self-motivation and intellectual drive” and, that she possesses the “confidence and ability to take on very challenging problems.”
Maritza Urquiza is graduating this June with honors in History. She is writing a thesis focusing on the development of a public history exhibition about the life and times of the 19th-century San Francisco figure, Juana Briones, who survived as a landowner and entrepreneur despite the turbulence of the gold rush years. This thesis will lay the groundwork for the Juana Briones exhibition that will be launched by the California Historical Society in January 2014.
Sarah Weston is a junior majoring in English with a minor in Art History. Sarah is a remarkable young scholar who recently presented a conference paper at a major symposium hosted by DigiPal at the University of Westminster in London. The event was attended by nearly eighty senior colleagues and researchers in the fields of Manuscript Studies, Digital Humanities, Archival Studies, History, and Literature.
2012 Recipients of the Deans' Award for Academic Achievement
- Thomas Carney, majoring in Materials Science and Engineering
- Natalie Cox, majoring in Economics
- Mikaela Kelly, majoring in Human Biology
- Seok Hyeong Lee, majoring in Mathematics
- Chen Lossos, majoring with honors in Biology, minor in Psychology
- Chase Richard, majoring in Human Biology
- Viria Vichit-Vadakan, Urban Studies