Golden, Firestone, and Kennedy Thesis Awards

Top honors theses are recognized annually by the following awards:

Golden Medal

The Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and the Creative Arts is awarded to the top ten percent of all honors theses in the humanities, senior projects or performance in the arts.

Firestone Medal

The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research recognizes the top ten percent of all honors theses in social science, science and engineering.

Kennedy Thesis Prize

Kennedy Theses Prizes are awarded to the top Firestone/Golden medalist from each of the following areas of study: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and applied sciences/engineering.

The Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation

The Award for Excellence in Honors Thesis Presentation is granted by departments and programs to students whose honors presentation exemplifies the highest standards. It is coordinated by the Oral Communication Program.

Medals Ceremony

These prestigious awards are presented at the annual Medals Ceremony, held during commencement weekend. This year's event will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Nominations for thesis awards must be made by the department or honors program, and will be due to VPUE by Tuesday, May 27, 2014. All students who submit their final honors thesis between Summer 2013 and Spring 2014 are eligible to be nominated by the department or honors program, regardless of their official date of graduation.

An official announcement including specific nomination instructions will be sent to departments and programs in late March. Departments and faculty are very welcome to contact vpue-medals@stanford.edu at any point with questions about the nomination and award process.

For more information, please contact vpue-medals@stanford.edu.