Firestone/Golden Medalists from the Symbolic Systems Honors Program
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.
The most recent medal winner from the Symbolic Systems Honors Program is...
Symbolic Systems Program ('18)
Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2018
Honors Thesis: Testing Theories of Forgetting: The Effect of Memory Suppression Strategies on Associative Memory
Honors Advisor: Anthony Wagner, Psychology
Second Reader: Jiefeng Jiang, Psychology
Firestone Medal Citation:
Daylon is the first honors student in the 15-years of the Stanford Memory Lab to have carried out a high quality research project in which the genesis of ideas stemmed entirely from the student and reflected thoughtful and nuanced engagement with theory. Daylon’s experiments yielded strikingly clear results, strongly confirming predictions from suppression theories of forgetting. The findings will be of considerable interest to the field, advancing understanding of the mechanisms that cause forgetting. The experimental method provides a new way for researchers to adjudicate between competing theories.
Previous Symbolic Systems Honors Program Medalists:
The table below lists honors theses in Symbolic Systems that have won university awards since 1995.
|Year||Student||Honors Thesis Title||Honors Advisor||Second Reader||Award|
|1995||Jon Lindsay||"A Biological Basis for Being-in-the-World: Autopoesis and Heidegger's Phenomenology"||Jean-Pierre Dupuy||Terry Winograd||Golden|
|1998||Jacob Wobbrock||"The Law and Policy of Autonomous Software Agents"||Carey Heckman||Thomas A. Wasow||Golden|
|1999||Amy Perfors||"Slow and Steady Doesn't Win the Race: The Relation of Infant Information Processing Skills to Later Linguistic Performance"||Anne Fernald||Zenzi Griffin||Firestone|
|2000||Joan Chiao||"Do They All Look Alike?: An fMRI Study on Race and Face Perception"||Jennifer Eberhardt||John Gabrieli||Firestone|
|2001||William Barkis||"A New Insight into a Fundamental Neural Mechanism of Learning, Memory and Neuron Death: Understanding the Regulation of NMDA Receptor Expression"||Ben Barres||Erik Ullian||Firestone|
|2002||Barry Wark||"The Biology of Developing Complex Neural Network Architectures: Integration of Neural Activity by Astrocytes in Regulating Formation of Synapses in vitro"||Ben Barres||Erik Ullian & Stephen Smith||Firestone|
|2003||Deena Skolnick||"Interactions Between Mutual Exclusivity and Lexical Contrast in Word Learning"||Ellen Markman||Anne Fernald||Firestone|
|2005||Gregory Wayne||"Order and Word Order: How the Information Content of a Word in a Sentence Helps Explain a Linguistic Universal"||David Beaver||Thomas A. Wasow||Firestone|
|2006||Michael Bernstein||"Taskposé: A Dynamic Task-Based Window Management Aid"||Jeff Shrager||Terry Winograd||Firestone|
|2007||Gabriel Recchia||"STRATA: Search Tools for Richly Annotated and Time-Aligned Linguistic Data"||Joan Bresnan||Thomas A. Wasow||Firestone|
|2008||David Hall||"Tracking the Evolution of Science"||Daniel Jurafsky||Christopher Manning||Firestone|
|2009||Anna Schapiro||"A Connectionist Model of a Continuous Developmental Transition in the Balance Scale Task"||James McClelland||Anthony Wagner||Firestone|
|2011||Justine Kao||"A Computational Analysis of Poetic Craft in Contemporary Professional and Amateur Poetry"||Daniel Jurafsky||Christopher Potts||Golden|
|2014||Makiko Fujimoto||"Show Me the Features: Regular Viewing Patterns During Encoding and Recognition of Faces, Objects, and Places"||Kalanit Grill-Spector||Tirin Moore||Firestone|
|2017||Bora Erden||"Choice-Predictive Activity in the Macaque Dorsal Premotor and Motor Cortices"||Diogo Peixoto||James McClelland||Firestone|
|2018||Daylon Tippett||"Testing Theories of Forgetting: The Effect of Memory Suppression Strategies on Associative Memory"||Anthony Wagner||Jiefeng Jiang||Firestone|