A recent ceremony honored 33 prize winners representing 26 departments from the three Stanford schools with undergraduate programs – Humanities and Sciences; Engineering; and Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. Harry Elam, senior vice provost for education, hosted the June 17 event for the class of 2017 recipients of the Firestone and Robert M. Golden medals and the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis prizes. The Firestone and Golden medals are awarded to the top 10 percent of 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 and applied sciences. The Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts similarly distinguishes theses in the humanities or creative projects in the fine arts. The medalists each received an engraved bronze medal, a citation and a monetary award.
STS Honors Student, Sophia Laurenzi, was awarded for her thesis titled “The Gray Matter of Young Adulthood: Neuroscience, Social Trends, and Justice Reform,”. Advised by Angela Garcia (Anthropology).