Undergraduate Awards Presented 2013

May 12, 2013

Benjamin Berg and Professor Owen Astrachan at Commencement

Congratulations to recipients of the 2013 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 12.

Alex Vasilos Memorial Awards

Friends and colleagues of the late Alex Vasilos donated the Alex Vasilos Memorial Award to the Department of Computer Science to recognize deserving students. This year's recipients are:

Benjamin Berg
For outstanding research resulting in graduation with high distinction. For leadership in developing applications as part of his coursework that will be used for coursework by Duke Hospital. For outstanding and long-term contributions to the UTA program in both Computer Science 108 and 308.

Yang Su
For outstanding support of the undergraduate program and for excellence in coursework. For developing and teaching a highly successful house course on programming languages. For consistent and excellent support of both the curricular and extracurricular undergraduate programs at many levels.

Graduation with Distinction

Graduation with Distinction is awarded to students who complete a substantial project, representing at least one-year's work that includes at least one independent study, under the guidance of a faculty member. The project represents a significant intellectual endeavor and requires a presentation made to a committee of three faculty members.

Graduation with High Distinction
Benjamin Berg
Advisor: Pankaj Agarwal
Curve Simplification on the L2-Norm
Afanasiy Yermakov
Advisor: Pankaj Agarwal
Algorithms for Dynamic Hitting Set and Set Cover Problems
Graduation with Distinction
Yijia (Jimmy) Mu
Advisors: Richard Lucic & Lisa Jones
Electronic Conversion of Neuropsychological Tests for Minimal Hepatic Encephalopathy
C-SURF Fellow
Zhiyi (Jack) Zhang
Advisor: Robert Duvalll
Challenges of Automatically Grading Duke's Introductory Programming Assignments
C-SURF Fellow
Derek Zhen Zhou
Advisor: Alexander Hartemink
The Effect of Chromatin Architecture on Gene Sequence Variation through Meiotic Recombination in S. Cerevisiae