Excellence Award Winners

2017-2018 Excellence Award Winners

Shraddha Anand 

The Folklore of Science: LUX-Zeplin Experiment
Faculty: Gabriella Safran 
SLAVIC 118NOther People's Words: Folklore and Literature 

Rodolfo Isaac Arocha

Professor Steven Roberts and Rodolfo Isaac Arocha

"Ensnared: A Story of Multiculturalism, Racism, and Identity Formation"
Faculty: Steven Roberts
PSYCH 21N/CSRE 21N/AFRICAAM 121NHow to Make a Racist

Alli Cruz

Alli Cruz

Spaces for Identity: How Narrative Structure and the Spatial World Inform the Self
Faculty: Valerie Miner
FEMGEN 188Q/CSRE 188QImagining Women: Writers in Print and in Person

Sophie Decoppet, Jack Herkert, Autumn Luna, and Harry Mellsop 

Professor Simone D'Amico with Sophie Decoppet, Jack Herkert, Autumn Luna, and Harry Mellsop

Space Mission Name: Intelligent Magnetospheric Mapping and Understanding Network Edification (IMMUNE) 
Faculty: Simone D'Amico
AA 118NHow to Design a Space Mission: from Concept to Execution

Kyle Duchynski

Professors Norman Naimark and Anatol Shmelev, and Kyle Duchynski

The Forgotten Fight: The Failings of the Allied Intervention in Siberia
Faculty: Norman Naimark/Anatol Shmelev
HISTORY 23NThe Soviet Union and the World: Views from the Hoover Archives

Katie Fong

Professor Dafna Zur and Katie Fong

The Construction of K-pop Fan Culture
Faculty: Dafna Zur
KOREA 101NKangnam Style: Korea's Soft Power in Our Globalized Economy

Deirdre Francks

Gender, Land Rights, and a Changing Climate
Faculty: John Weyant
MS&E 92QInternational Environmental Policy

Mustafa Omer Gul

Mustafa Omer Gul

Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
Faculty: Stephen Hinton
MUSIC 33NBeethoven

Rishabh Kapoor

Professor Kari Nadeau and Rishabh Kapoor

Conjunct Intrathecal and Systemic Administration of Antisense Oligonucleotides (ASO) As an Enhanced Therapeutic Regimen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Faculty: Deborah Freeland/Kari Nadeau
MED 50NTranslational Research: Turning Science into Medicine

Harika Kottakota

The Right to Mental Health in Post-Conflict Societies 
Faculty: Ami Laws
MED 108QHuman Rights and Health

Christian Ostberg

Professor Stephen Felt and Christian Ostberg

Zika Virus at the 2016 Olympic Games 
Faculty: Stephen Felt
COMPMED 84Q: Globally Emerging Zoonotic Diseases 

Ashwin Ramaswami

Professor Tom Ehrlich and Ashwin Ramaswami

Freedom to Call: Reactions to the NSA’s Telephone Metadata Collection Program (A Case Study) 
Faculty: Tom Ehrlich
EDUC 122Q/HISTORY 52Q/POLISCI 20QDemocracy in Crisis: Learning from the Past

Nikhil Shankar

Professor John Fox and Nikhil Shankar

Transporting Suburbs to a Low Emissions Future: The Relative Roles of Technology and Urban Planning
Faculty: John Fox
APPPHYS 79QEnergy Options for the 21st Century

JP Spaventa, Zoe von Gerlach, and Andrew Ying

Professor Dustin Schroeder, JP Spaventa, Zoe von Gerlach, and Andrew Ying

Designing Space Mission Management Structures Through the Lens of Data Economies
Faculty: Dustin Schroeder
GEOPHYS 54NThe Space Mission to Europa 

Joel Swann

Professor JD Schramm and Joel Swann

Changing Hearts and Minds Portfolio Example
Faculty: JD Schramm
GSBGEN 114QChanging Hearts and Minds

Antigone Xenopoulos 

Professor Ran Abramitzky and Antigone Xenopoulos

Immigration: The United States’ Guarantee for a Vibrant Labor Force and Economy in an Era of Population Aging
Faculty: Ran Abramitzky
ECON 15QThe Economics of Immigration in the U.S.: Past and Present

Kelsey Zeng

An Analysis of America’s Gender Wage Gap
Faculty: Gregory Rosston
PUBLPOL 55N/ECON 25NPublic Policy and Personal Finance

Tiffany Zhu

Professor Nancy Kollmann and Tiffany Zhu

Old Boyars in New Clothes: Peter the Great’s Reforms to the Nobility and Bureaucracy
Faculty: Nancy Kollmann
HISTORY 20NRussia in the Early Modern European Imagination 

2016-2017 Excellence Award Winners

Ethan Chua

Language Revitalization Plan for Northern Pomo, a California Indigenous Language
Faculty: Sarah Ogilvie
LINGUIST 64Q/ ANTHRO 64Q/ NATIVEAM 64Q: These Languages Were Here First: A Look at the Indigenous Languages of California

Callie Hoon

Explaining the Hwang Affair: A Crisis in South Korean Techno-nationalism
Faculty: Hank Greely
GENE 104Q: Law and the Biosciences

Victoria Pu

Rakugo, Then and Now: Exploring Ancient Japanese “Sit-Down Comedy” Through a Modern Lens of Performance and Wordplay
Faculty: Gabriella Safran
SLAVIC 118N: Other People’s Words: Folklore and Literature

Kutay Serova

Euphronios' Experimentation with Florals
Faculty: Jody Maxmin
ARTHIST 100N/ CLASSICS 18N: The Artist in Ancient Greek Society

Jorge Avelar-Lopez, Madison Largey, Samuel Good, Christina Martin-Ebosele, Paulina Reyes

Stable Eyes: Keeping your Videos Steady in an Unsteady World
Faculty: Andrea Goldsmith & My T. Le
EE 15N: The Art and Science of Engineering Design

2015-2016 Excellence Award Winners

Annika Mulaney

Childhood Obesity and the Right to Adequate Nutrition
Faculty: Ami Laws
MED 108Q: Human Rights and Health

Chelsey Pan

Healthy Sexuality in the Context of Asexuality
Faculty: Lisa Medoff
HUMBIO 79Q: Sexuality and Society

Ella Bunnell

Where There's a Will, There Will Be a Living Wage (or Will There?): Applications of Social Movement Theory to the Living Wage Movement’s Decline
Faculty: Susan Olzak
SOC 22N: The Roots of Social Protest

Fernanda Kramer

What has caused the increase in autism?
Faculty: Scott Hall
PSYC 54N: Genes, Memes and Behavior

Jack Pigott

Understudied and Underserved: Analyzing Sex and Gender Differences in Heart Attacks of Young Women
Faculty: Londa Schiebinger
HISTORY 44Q: The History of Women and Gender in Science, Medicine, and Engineering

Matthew Vollrath

Sociological analysis: What Beatles fans can tell us about musical appreciation in general
Faculty: Willie Costello
PHIL 13N: "Can good people like bad music?" and other questions

Rhea Karuturi

Response paper sequence
Faculty: Alexander Nemerov and Nicholas Jenkins
ARTHIST 160N/ ENGLISH 51N: Sisters: Poetry and Painting

2014-2015 Excellence Award Winners

Austyn Lee (2018)

The Face of the Korean Wave—Domestic and International Success of Korean Cosmetic Marketing Strategies
Faculty: Dafna Zur
KORGEN 101N: Kangman Style: Korean Media and Pop Culture

Nira Ann Krasnow (2017)

Critiques of the Cystic Fibrosis Literature
Faculty: Ron Kopito
BIO 25Q: Molecular Basis of Genetic Disease

Fiona Noonan (2017)

Toward a New Zion: The Paradox of Environmental Stewardship and Degradation Reflected in Mormon Culture in the California Gold Rush
Faculty: Dennis Bird
GES 55Q: The California Gold Rush: Geologic Background and Environmental Impact

Susana Martinez and Mini Racker (2018)

The Mirror Gripper
Faculty: Allison Okamura
ME 20N: Haptics: Engineering Touch

2013-2014 Excellence Award Winners

Joey Asberger (2017), Catherine Benz (2017), Mark Carrington (2017), Joshua DeLeon (2017), Maria Doerr (2017), Jake Glassman (2017), Grant Glazer (2017), Joe Hack (2017), Griffin Hill
(2017), Emma Hutchinson (2017), Ashley Jowell (2017), Camille Lagron (2017), Josh Lappen (2017), Mikael Osler (2017), Ashley Overbeek (2017), Meghan Shea (2017), Caroline Spears (2017)

Wind Energy and Birds in California, a presentation to the Audubon Society and The Union of Concerned Scientists   
Faculty: Terry Root
Biology 17N: Getting Renewable Energy up to Scale: The Problem of Location

Kimbrely Tan (2017), Mckenna Roberts (2017), Alexa Haushalter (2017)

The Stanford Housing Draw
Faculty: Paul Milgrom
ECON 24N: Social Coice & Market Design

John Ward West (2017)

Map of Ohlone Stanford Lands, with Commentary
Faculty: Karen Wigen
History 95N: Mapping the World: Cartography and the Modern Imagination

Dylan Sarkisian (2017)

The Emergence and Dissemination of Occupy
Faculty: Susan Olzak
Sociology 22N: The Roots of Social  Protest

Eric Hertz (2016)

Finding Meaning in the Natural World: Making Place and Leaving Space in Contemporary Ecopoetics
Faculty: Valerie Miner
Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies 188Q: Imagining Women: Writers in Print and in Person

Gurpreet Sohi (2016)

Health and Human Rights: Female Genital Mutilations
Faculty: Ami Laws
Medicine 108Q: Human Rights and Health

Sarah Sadlier (2016)

Overcoming Opacity: Uncovering the Development of Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program
Faculty: Siegfried Hecker
Management Science & Engineering 93Q: Nuclear Weapons, Engery, Proliferation and Terrorism

2012-2013 Excellence Award Winners

Zainab Taymuree (2016)

A Portrait of Julius K. Nyerere
Faculty: Sean Hanretta
History 48N: African History Through Literature and Film

Arun Kulshreshtha (2015)

Review: Beethoven Concert No. 3 
Faculty: Stephen Hinton
Music 33N: The Beethoven Project

Michelle Jia (2016)

Calliope Speech
Faculty: Christopher Krebs
Classgen 11N: Eloquence Personified: How To Speak Like Cicero

Monica Thieu (2016)

Program Notes for “Ut queant laxis”
Faculty: Jesse Rodin
Music 38N: Singing Early Music

Andrey Sushko (2016)

Design and Construction of a Miniature Boat Propelled by an Electrowetting Motor
Faculty: Robert Finn
Math 80Q: Capillary Surfaces: Explored and Unexplored Territory

Rebecca Gold (2015)

I Gave You My Heart But You Gave It Away: Sex and Gender Analysis in Organ Transplantation
Faculty: Londa Schiebinger
History 44Q: Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, and Engineering

Rosalynn Emberton (2016), James Hong (2016) and Andrew Jacobs (2016)

Cognitive Tools of Social Networking Across Cultures
Faculty: Reviel Netz
Classgen 22N: Technologies of Civilization: Writing, Numbers, and Money

Aaron Oro (2016) and Jamie Young (2016)

ChargeCycle: Charging AA Batteries with Pedal Power
Faculty: Andrea Goldsmith and My Le
EE 15N: The Art and Science of Engineering Project Design

2011-2012 Excellence Award Winners

Vanessa Bastidas (2014), Savannah Kopp (2014), Patrick Reed (2014) and Alfredo Alvarez (2014)

Growing Up in the Land of Opportunity
Faculty: Paula Moya and Hazel Markus
Psychology 29N/English 64N: Growing Up in America

Isabel Marquez Cardenas (2015), Yari Greaney (2015), Michael Penuelas (2015), Nicole Ruiz (2015), Lauren Sweet (2015), Dylan Sweetwood (2015), Nora Tjossem (2015), Joseph Topasna Jr. (2015), Mark Valentine (2015), Jack Werner (2015)

Faculty: Elizabeth Hadly
Biology 30N: Extinctions in Near Time: Biodiversity Loss Since the Pleistocene

Andrew Ponec (2015)

Integrating Renewable Electricity in the Grid: The Challenges of Variability
Faculty: John Fox and Ted Geballe
Applied Physics 79N: Energy Choices for the 21st Century

Emily Cheng (2014)

Visualization of Visitors to National Parks
Faculty: Jonathan Berger
Music 15N: The Aesthetics of Data

Emily Elizabeth Witt (2015)

Acquired Toticollis: A Case Report
Faculty: Bruce Fogel
Surgery 71Q: Procedural Anatomy

Lynnelle YE (2014)

Twice Unwanted: Passing Race and Gender in Patricia Powell’s The Pagoda; and
Cherene Sherrand-Johnson’s Portraits of the New Negro Woman
Faculty: Valerie Miner
Feminist Studies 188N: Imagining Women: Writers in Print and in Person

 2010-2011 Excellence Award Winners

Kelechi Erondu (2014), Dong Myung Kim (2014), Nicholas Su (2014), Preet Angad Singh (2014)

Faculty: My T. Le and Andrea Goldsmith
Electrical Engineering15N: The Art and Science of Engineering Design

Sarah Quartey (2014)

A Campus at War: LGBT Battlegrounds at Stanford University
Faculty: Karen Wigen
History 95N: Mapping the World - Cartography and the Modern Imagination

Elise Racine (2014)

Spatiality and Solidarity: Exploring the revolutionary Tactics of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo
Faculty: Susan Olzak
Sociology 22N: The Rootes of Social Protes

Julie Saffarian (2013)

Eating Disorders and Their Increasing Prevalence Amongst Minority Groups in the US
Faculty: Irene Corso
Health Research Policy 89Q: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Issues in Medicine

Mayukh Sen (2014)

Glenda Jackson and the Feminist Utopia: Gender Politics in Ken Russell's Women in Love (1969)
Faculty: Peter Stansky
History 31Q: British History Revealed by the Arts of the 20th Century

Zachary Yellin-Flaherty (2014)

Contradictions in Content and Style
Faculty: Marisa Galvez
French 55N: After Epic - Romance, Lyric, and Novelistic Responses in Western Literature