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Stanford Honors Thesis Prizes - Symbolic Systems Recipients

Stanford annually presents awards to recognize excellent honors research by Stanford undergraduates. The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research is given to the top theses in the sciences and engineering, and Robert M. Golden Medal is given to the top theses in the humanities and creative arts.

Symbolic Systems Honors Program Medalists:

The table below lists honors theses in Symbolic Systems that have won university awards since 1995.

YearStudentHonors Thesis TitleHonors AdvisorSecond ReaderAward
1995Jon Lindsay"A Biological Basis for Being-in-the-World: Autopoesis and Heidegger's Phenomenology"Jean-Pierre DupuyTerry WinogradGolden
1998Jacob Wobbrock"The Law and Policy of Autonomous Software Agents"Carey HeckmanThomas A. WasowGolden
1999Amy Perfors"Slow and Steady Doesn't Win the Race: The Relation of Infant Information Processing Skills to Later Linguistic Performance"Anne FernaldZenzi GriffinFirestone
2000Joan Chiao"Do They All Look Alike?: An fMRI Study on Race and Face Perception"Jennifer EberhardtJohn GabrieliFirestone
2001William Barkis"A New Insight into a Fundamental Neural Mechanism of Learning, Memory and Neuron Death: Understanding the Regulation of NMDA Receptor Expression"Ben BarresErik UllianFirestone
2002Barry Wark"The Biology of Developing Complex Neural Network Architectures: Integration of Neural Activity by Astrocytes in Regulating Formation of Synapses in vitro"Ben BarresErik Ullian & Stephen SmithFirestone
2003Deena Skolnick"Interactions Between Mutual Exclusivity and Lexical Contrast in Word Learning"Ellen MarkmanAnne FernaldFirestone
2005Gregory Wayne"Order and Word Order: How the Information Content of a Word in a Sentence Helps Explain a Linguistic Universal"David BeaverThomas A. WasowFirestone
2006Michael Bernstein"Taskposé: A Dynamic Task-Based Window Management Aid"Jeff ShragerTerry WinogradFirestone
2007Gabriel Recchia"STRATA: Search Tools for Richly Annotated and Time-Aligned Linguistic Data"Joan BresnanThomas A. WasowFirestone
2008David Hall"Tracking the Evolution of Science"Daniel JurafskyChristopher ManningFirestone
2009Anna Schapiro"A Connectionist Model of a Continuous Developmental Transition in the Balance Scale Task"James McClellandAnthony WagnerFirestone
2011Justine Kao"A Computational Analysis of Poetic Craft in Contemporary Professional and Amateur Poetry"Daniel JurafskyChristopher PottsGolden
2014Makiko Fujimoto"Show Me the Features: Regular Viewing Patterns During Encoding and Recognition of Faces, Objects, and Places"Kalanit Grill-SpectorTirin MooreFirestone
2017Bora Erden"Choice-Predictive Activity in the Macaque Dorsal Premotor and Motor Cortices"Diogo PeixotoJames McClellandFirestone
2018Daylon Tippett"Testing Theories of Forgetting: The Effect of Memory Suppression Strategies on Associative Memory"Anthony WagnerJiefeng JiangFirestone
2019Atticus Geiger"Can Natural Language Inference Models Perform Natural Logic Reasoning?"Chris PottsThomas IcardFirestone
2020Jñani Crawford"Validation and Generalization of Pixel-wise Relevance in CNNs Trained for Face Classification"Kalanit Grill-SpectorSonia PoltoratskiFirestone
2021Sofia Miranda Avila Jamesson"Fallouts of Deportations in Texas: Analyzing the impact of large-scale workplace raids on academic performance"Michelle JacksonBeka GulumaFirestone
2022Isabel Z. Wang"Caregiver and Child Health Under Lockdown: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Caregiver Outcomes, Caregiving Behaviors, and Health Services Utilization in Rural China"Scott RozelleGary DarmstadtFirestone
2023Tiffany Liu"Unequal Provision of Educational Accommodations: Impacts of a Nationwide SAT Policy Change on Receipt of Accommodations"Michelle JacksonNicholas HaberFirestone and Kennedy