2017 Deans' Award Winners

Jonathan Gauthier

Jonathan GauthierJonathan Gauthier is a senior majoring in Symbolic Systems conducting research that focuses on Linguistics and Machine Learning. He is one of two lead authors on the paper, “A fast unified model for parsing and sentence understanding”, published at the 2016 Association for Computational Linguistics conference, which is the leading Natural Language Processing venue, as well as a co-author of a workshop paper at the recent NIPS 2016 conference, which is the leading venue for Machine Learning. He spends his summers doing internships with the likes of the Google Brain group. Professor Christopher Manning calls Jon “an amazing contributor to the intellectual and research world.”

Benjamin Musachio

Benjamin MusachioBenjamin Musachio is a senior majoring in Philosophy and pursuing honors in Slavic Languages and Literatures. In the fall of his junior year, Ben presented a paper at the Stanford conference on Boris Pasternak, a high profile international conference. Ben’s honors thesis examines memoranda written by Isaiah Berlin during his dispatch to Soviet Russia in 1945. Ben worked with the memoranda in person while studying Berlin’s personal archive in the Bodleian Library during his study abroad at Oxford. Professor Lazar Fleishman praises Ben’s “impressive erudition”, “boundless energy”, and “remarkable leadership gifts and skills.”

Huy Pham

Huy PhamHuy Pham is a junior majoring in Mathematics. Huy first caught Professor Jacob Fox’s attention in sophomore year when he excelled in a graduate level extremal combinatorics course. He spent the past summer doing research with Professor Fox, and Dr. Fox calls his contributions “phenomenal and groundbreaking.” Huy has been invited to major conferences based on this work, and he is contributing to a paper that Dr. Fox is confident will be published in a top journal. This exciting research combined with his A+ grades in Stanford graduate-level math classes, not to mention two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad, make Huy a truly outstanding undergraduate mathematician.

Michael Raitor

Michael RaitorMichael Raitor is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. Michael conducts research on creating haptic devices that allow people to better use medical devices, computer systems, and virtual environments relying on touch rather than sight. Legally blind himself, Michael became interested in doing research in this field during a first-year IntroSem with Professor Allison Okamura. In the course of his research work, Michael engineered a new haptic device called WRAP: Wearable, Restricted-Aperture Pneumatics. Professor Okamura calls WRAP “a new paradigm for wearable haptics that is lightweight, low-cost, and effective.” Michael is the first author of a peer-reviewed paper about WRAP and is co-author of 6 other papers on haptics.

Adam Schorin

Adam SchorinAdam Schorin is a senior majoring in American Studies with Honors in the Arts. His honors project is a novel-in-progress titled The Raubachs, which his honors advisor, Professor Elizabeth Tallent, is confident “will be recognized as a striking contribution to American letters.” His short story “Before Hokkaido” is set to be published in the prestigious literary magazine ZYZZYVA. His contributions to the Stanford community include founding West Magazine, a journal about arts and literature that he edited for over two years.  Adam’s creative writing has been recognized with the Creative Writing Program’s Bocock-Guerard Prize in Fiction, the Kennedy Award for Essay on a Jewish Theme, and the Dorothy Berman Award for Creative Writing, among others.

Meghan Shea

Meghan SheaMeghan Shea is a senior majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering. In her time at Stanford, she has taken on five major oceanographic research projects, including field work in the Corals of Palau, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Stanford@SEA program. Her scholarship has ranged from the interaction of biology and physics in a seagrass bed to the impact of ocean acidification in shellfish hatcheries. Meghan’s advisor, Professor Jeffrey Koseff, says, “In my 34 years on the faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford I don't think I have ever met someone quite as brilliant and passionate about her science as Meghan Shea.” Next year Meghan will continue her studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Jinhie Skarda

Jinhie SkardaJinhie Skarda is a senior majoring in Engineering Physics with honors. As a first-year student, she caught Professor Parviz Moin’s attention by sending him a paper on turbulence that she had written while still in high school. That summer, she became the first freshman that Professor Moin ever hired as a research intern at the Center for Turbulence Research. She returned to the CTR last summer as the only undergraduate student working with over a hundred scientists on in an intense month-long project. She was a “key participant” and was elected by the group to be their spokesperson for their presentation of results to an audience of guests from across academia and government. Professor Moin calls her “the most talented undergraduate student I have encountered.”

Derek Wang

Derek WangDerek Wang is a junior double-majoring in Materials Science and Bioengineering. For the last 2 years, Derek has been working with Professor Jennifer Dionne on designing nanoparticles that sense biological forces within cells. Derek is presenting his results at the annual Materials Research Society Meeting this spring and is finalizing a first-author manuscript for publication in a top research journal – his fourth co-authored article as an undergraduate. Derek serves as the president of the Stanford University Research Association, where he led a national conference for undergraduates and spearheaded mentorships and outreach programs. Professor Dionne calls Derek “a star”. Unfortunately, he is not joining us this afternoon because he is currently in Paris with the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program.

Joy Wang

Joy WangJoy Wang is a senior majoring in Chemistry with honors. She has been conducting research with Professor Hongjie Dai for four years. Professor Die describes Joy as “simply the best undergraduate researcher I have worked with in my 19 years at Stanford.” Joy has won several nationally-competitive scholarships, including the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Her research has spanned from developing plasmonic nanomaterials to working on a biology imaging project to capture molecular images of animal disease models. She has co-authored 5 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, a truly remarkable scholastic feat.