Stanford undergrads awarded Firestone and Golden Medals and Kennedy Thesis Prizes

Thirty-seven winners representing 29 undergraduate departmental and interdisciplinary honors programs were recently honored for excellence in their theses and research. These students have received the 2020 Firestone and Golden medals, as well as the Kennedy Honors Thesis prizes.

Firestone and Golden Medals.

The David M. Kennedy Prize is awarded annually to the single best thesis in four academic areas: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering & applied sciences. Recipients of this award have accomplished exceptionally advanced research in the field and have shown strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly works. The prize was established in 2008 in recognition of history Professor DAVID M. KENNEDY’s long-standing mentoring of undergraduate writers. Winners will each receive an engraved plaque and a monetary award.

The projects conducted by the winners capture the breadth of the undergraduate experience at Stanford and span diverse academic areas, from the sciences to the arts.

David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prizes

  • Engineering & Applied Sciences: MAYA VARMA, “Artificial Intelligence Methods for Improved Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder,” Computer Science, advised by James Landay (Computer Science) and Dennis Wall (Pediatrics-Systems Medicine).
  • Humanities: AMIR ABOU-JAOUDE, “Robert Mapplethorpe and the Allure of Antiquity,” Art and Art History, advised by Jody Maxmin (Art & Art History) and Richard Meyer (Art & Art History).
  • Natural Sciences: WALTER SOBBA, “ARID1A Loss Leads to Mucinous Differentiation and Therapeutic Opportunities in CRISPR/Cas9-Engineered Human Gastric Cancer Organoids,” Human Biology, advised by Calvin Kuo (Hematology), Paul Fisher (Pediatrics), and Yuan-HungLo (Medicine).
  • Social Sciences: TOREN FRONSDAL, “Essays on Health Care Pricing,” Economics, advised by Jay Bhattacharya (Medicine).

The Firestone and Golden Medals are awarded to the top 10 percent of honors theses completed in a given year. The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research recognizes theses written in the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. The Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts similarly distinguishes theses in the humanities or creative projects in the arts. The students will each receive an engraved bronze medal, citation and a monetary award.

For a full list of the winners of those awards, see the Stanford News Service article.

For more information on the awards, visit the Stanford Undergrad website.