Seven students get Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment

A philosopher, a cancer researcher and a software engineer were among the seven students selected for the 2006 Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment.

The Deans' Award was created in 1988 to honor undergraduates deserving attention for their intellectual accomplishments. This year's winners were announced at a reception held April 18 at the Hartley Conference Center in the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building. The winners of this year's Deans' Award are:

  • Kiyomi Burchill, a senior in comparative studies in race and ethnicity, who was honored for her work to promote new scholarly and political understandings of race, including an original study of the political dimensions of the multiracial movement that is already receiving national attention.

  • Jonathan Chou, a senior in biological sciences, who was honored for his study of cytoskeletal organizing proteins in neuronal survival and function, which will deepen understanding of neurodegeneration and neurodegenerative disorders such as giant axonal neuropathy.

  • Adam Coates, a co-terminal master's student in computer science and mathematics, who was honored for the creation of software for a robotic helicopter. His application of complex mathematical ideas to challenging machine learning problems advances the mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications and the analysis of robotic systems.

  • Max Etchemendy, a senior in philosophy, who was honored for his study of Richard Rufus of Cornwall, including the discovery and description of Rufus' detailed outline of Thomas Aquinas' De Anima, which has revolutionized the understanding of medieval pedagogical technique, and for his translation of Rufus' Speculum Animae, which has been adopted as a course text at Princeton University.

  • Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, a senior in history, who was honored for his study of books and bookmaking, which has resulted in a translation and hand illustration of Beowulf and an exceptional honors thesis on the literary and political contexts of the mysterious 17th-century Florentine author Guisto Gateppi.

  • Albert Keung, a senior in chemical engineering, who was honored for his studies on the organic modification of semiconductor surfaces for possible applications in lithography, sensors and molecular electronics.

  • Jason Ross, a senior in biological sciences, who was honored for his identification and isolation of ovarian cancer stem cells, a process that required the development of novel methods of transplantation and isolation. His work contributes to our understanding of cancer therapy and regeneration.

  • Nominations for the Dean's Award are submitted by faculty and staff, and the winners are chosen by a committee made up of members from the three schools that offer undergraduate degrees: Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences.