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 ('17)
Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2017
Honors Thesis: Choice-Predictive Activity in the Macaque Dorsal Premotor and Motor Cortices
Honors Advisor: Diogo Peixoto, Neurobiology
Second Reader: James McClelland, Psychology
Firestone Medal Citation:
Bora's thesis addresses multiple questions in systems neuroscience. For example, are decision-related neural signals in motor cortex confined to a single motor effector system, or are they generalized for other effectors as well? Bora's analysis provides evidence that decision-making takes place at an abstract level, becoming translated into specific motor commands at lower levels. His work also advances understanding of the topography of decision-related activity in motor cortex. Bora was determined to get the story right. His research is a genuine contribution to the field.
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|