Undergrad Awards Presented 2017

May 22, 2017

Congratulations to recipients of the 2017 undergraduate student awards which were presented at commencement ceremonies on May 14.

Alex Vasilos Memorial Award

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:

Arun Ganesh
For outstanding research in algorithms for online service, for graduating with highest distinction, for excellence in the classroom, and for strong support as an undergraduate teaching assistant for multiple courses.

Aditya Mukund
For first-rate research in algorithms for computational protein design, for graduating with highest distinction, for intellectual curiosity in the classroom, and for outstanding work as an undergraduate teaching assistant for multiple courses.

Zheqing (Bill) Zhu
For stellar research in reinforcement learning, for graduating with highest distinction, for highest quality in the classroom, and for being a sincere undergraduate teaching assistant.

DeNardis Memorial Award

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Rebecca DeNardis donated the Rebecca DeNardis Memorial Award to the Department of Computer Science to recognize deserving students for creating and instilling a sense of purpose and excellence. This year's recipient:

Elizabeth Dowd
For her excellence as an undergraduate teaching assistant for multiple courses, including leadership in the support of large courses, her clear explanations and her devotion to students, and for her distinction in the classroom.

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Projects

Graduation with Distinction is awarded to students who complete a substantial project that consists of at least one year's work, including an 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 Highest Distinction

Arun Ganesh
Advisor: Debmalya Panigrahi
Online Service with Delay

Aditya Mukund
Advisor: Bruce R. Donald
Partition Function Estimation in Computational Protein Design with Markov Random Fields

Zheqing Zhu
Advisor: Ronald Parr
Jump Diffusion Markov Design Model and Its Financial Applications

Graduation with High Distinction

Rachel Freedman
Advisor: Vincent Conitzer
Adapting a Kidney Exchange Algorithm to Incorporate Human Values

David Zhou
Advisor: Bruce R. Donald
Computational Design of RNA

Graduation with Distinction

Sidharth Gopinath
Advisor: Robert Calderbank
Exploration and Application of Dimensionality Reduc-tion and Clustering Techniques to Diabetes Patient Health Records

Ellen Yuan
Advisor: Susan Rodger
Assessing Computational Thinking Using ALICE