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Departmental Awards

Each year, a number of Physics students receive departmental awards of recognition, usually presented at our departmental Commencement Ceremony in June.

Centennial Teaching Assistant Award
Academic Year Recipient
2009-2010 Douglas Applegate

Martin Mueller

Elizabeth Schemm

Wells Wulsin
2007-2008 Adam Mantz
  Jack Perng
  David Starr
2005-2006 Asimina Arvaniktaki
  Mustafa Amin
  Navin Sivanandam
2003-2004 Steve Healey
  Patrick Zwick
  Alex Saltman
2001-2002 Polly Fordyce
  Neil Rubin
  George Marcus
1999-2000 Mallory Roberts
  Bao-Jun Jiang
  Puneet Batra
1997-1998 Dana Lehr
  Timothy Meyer
  Wing Kai Wong
1995-1996 David Bailey
  Dan Segal
  Dillon Tracy
1994-1995 Kenneth Berryman
  Amanda Peet
  Alex Farinas
1991-1992 Robert Holtzapple
  David Hochron
  Theodore Quinn
  Pablo Saez
1989-1990 Gideon Friedmann
  Michael Hildreth
  Kathryn Ann Moler
  Thomas Willis

Departmental Honors
Academic Year Recipient
2002-2003 Yi Dong Chong
  Joel Hartman
  Timothy Holme
  David Hsieh
  Cindy Keeler
  Michael Leyton
  Ee Hou Yong
2003-2004  
2004-2005 Jared Kaplan
  Elizabeth Libby
  Katherine Luna
  Robert McConnell
  Adam Sciambi
  Chris Williams
  Tess Williams
2005-2006 Daniel Balick
  Christopher Beem
  Jacob Bien
  Aaron Ligon
  Beth Nowadnick
  Michael Rosen
  Joshua Ruderman
  Philip Tanedo
  Inna Vishik
  Daniel Wohns
  Wenzheng Yeo
2006-2007  
2007-2008 Erica Cherry
  William East
  Christina Hall
  Alex Hegyi
  Jeremy Hiatt
  Dennis Lo
2008-2009 Stuart Coleman
  Cosmin Deaconu
  Neville Eclov
  Sean Hart
  Michael Manhart
  Edward Santos
  Sunok (Josephine) Suh
2010-2011
Temple He

Matthew Klein

Christopher Kucharczyk

Yu Xian Lim

Michael Liu

Andrew Marantan

Maxine Tang

Distinction
Academic Year Recipient
2002-2003 Yi Dong Chong
  Joel Hartman
  William Segal
  Noah Swartz Smith
  Ee Hou Yong
2003-2004 Colin Connolly
  James Holmes
  Dustin King
  Evan Kirby
  Matthew McQuinn
  Matthew Neeley
  Viviana Risca
  William Segal
  David Yin
  Yue Zhao
2004-2005 Jared Kaplan
  Robert McConnell
  Adam Reichert
2005-2006 Christopher Beem
  Jacob Bien
  Andrea Burbank
  Andrew Lutomirski
  Joshua Ruderman
  Philip Tanedo
  Wenzheng Yeo
2006-2007 Immanuel Buder
  Ashok Kumar
  John Rutherford
  Eddie Schlafly
  Ariel Sommer
2007-2008 Mikhail Belyaev
  Erica Cherry
  William East
  Alex Hegyi
  Jeremy Hiatt
  Shimon Kolkowitz
  Dennis Lo
  George Margulis
  Shih-Arng Pan
  David Pinner
  Bibhushan Shakya
  Jiun Haur Wang
2008-2009 James Anthony
  Joshua Dillon
  Aaron Engel-Hall
  David Evans
  Sean Hart
  Matthew Kraning
  Yvonne Kung
  Ching Hua Lee
  Jessica Lee
  Patrick Maher
  Yong Suk Moon
  Douglas Stanford
2009-2010
Ana Brown

Otis Chodosh

Patrick Gallagher

Eric Landau

Linus Lee

Fahad Mahmood

Aaron Meisner

Brian Padden

Jeffrey Pickhardt

Maxwell Shapiro

Firestone/Dean's Pool Medal
Academic Year Nominee
2010-2011
Temple He
2009-2010
Patrick Gallagher
2008-2009 Sean Hart
2007-2008 Christina Hall
2006-2007 A.J. Kumar
2005-2006 Inna Vishik
2003-2004 Matt McQuinn
2002-2003 Timothy Holme
2001-2002 Justin Vandenbroucke

The Paul H. Kirkpatrick Award is given to recognize those graduate students who have demonstrated a capacity for and commitment to the teaching of physics to undergraduates, thereby exemplifying the dual commitment to teaching and research characteristic of the late Prof. Paul Kirkpatrick's own scientific life.  A news release on his death in 1992 states that he "was one of the earliest critics of the growing domination of research over teaching at research universities, an opinion he held since the 1920s. He was one of the early leaders in the American Association of Physics Teachers, and helped bring about a rapprochement between that association and the American Physical Society, the organization of researchers, which for many years had been at odds."
Academic Year Recipient
2010-2011
Andrew Larkoski

Caitlin Malone
2009-2010
Joshua Cogan

Ahmed Ismail

Nathaniel Craig

Paul Simeon
2008-2009 George Karakonstantakis
  Michael Shaw
2007-2008 Douglas Applegate
  David Miller
  Mariangela Lisanti
  Benjamin Shank
  Keith Bechtol
2006 -2007 Julie Bert
  Elizabeth Schemm
  Jaehee Kim
  Philip Van Stockum
2005-2006 Erez Berg
  Eran Mukamel
2004-2005 David Starr
  H. Wells Wulsin
  Mustafa Amin
2003-2004 Jason Hogan
  Ben Frievogel
2002-2003 Lynford Goddard
  Martin Mueller
  Paul SanGiorgio
2001-2002 Stirling Churchman
  Jamie McGuire
2000-2001 Puneet Batra
  George Marcus
1999-2000 None Awarded Alternate year
  Centennial Award Given Instead
1998-1999 Timothy Meyer
  Darrell Schroeter
1997-1998 Barak Kol
  Dillon Tracy
1996-1997 Dennis Ugolini
1995-1996 Eric Bjornson
  Sae Woo Nam
1994-1995 Dana Lehr
1993-1994 Amanda Peet
  Jonathan Feng
1992-1993 Kathryn Moler
1991-1992 Michael Hildreth
1990-1991 Mark Jacobs
1989-1990 Benjamin Tigner
1988-1989 David Shortt
1987-1988 Katherine O'Shaughenssy
  Daniel Schroeder

The David Levine Award is a departmental award to honor the memory of David S. Levine, a brilliant 19 year old physics major who was brutally murdered in September, 1973. Awarded to an outstanding junior in the Stanford Physics Department on the basis of academic breadth and demonstrated abilities in experimental physics. Number of recipients and cash award varies from year to year.
Academic Year Recipient
2011
Ronnachai Jardensri, Byungwoo Kang
2010
Temple He, Yu Xian Lim
2009 Patrick Gallaher, Brian Padden
2008 Jessica Lee, Douglas Stanford
2007 Erica Cherry, George Margulis
2006 Ariel Sommer
2005 Andrea Burbank
2004 Robert McConnell
2003 Colin Connolly, Evan Kirby
2002 Joel Hartman, Ee Hou Yong
2001 Etan Ilfeld, Brian Vancil
2000 Andrei Bernevig, Klara Elteto
1999 Rui Zhang
1998 Kevin Birnbaum
1997 Alexander Maloney, Daniel Podolsky
  Randall True
1996 Lynford Goddard
1995 Sara Cronenwett, Matthew Rabinowitz
1994 Chris Fang-Yen, Fred Mancoff
  Cris Niell
1993 David Landhuis, Kim Hoke
1992 Wayne Felson, Mark Goldman
  Andras Vasy
1991 Polly Jacobs, Jason Johnson
1990 Mason Ng, Robert Liu
1989 Robert Merithew
1988 Rowena Young
1987 James Mihalisin
1986 Gary Zohman
1985 Robert Blumen
1984 Noah Oremland
1983 Ethan Hall, Alan Johnson
  Wayne Sobon
1982 Kristin Ralls
1981 Jed Dempsey, Davis Kreger
  Peter Saeta
1980 Kenneth Read
1979 David Kaplan, Thomas Phillips
1978 Katherine Strandburg
1977 Tony Heinz
1976 Greg Anderson,
John Landis
  Antionette Taylor
1975 Kenneth Kihlstrom,
David Rudman
1974 Stellan Ostlund

Phi Beta Kappa
Academic Year Recipient
2002-2003 Noah Swartz Smith
  Ee Hou Yong
2003-2004 Holmes,James
2004-2005 McQuinn,Matthew
2005-2006 Jacob Bien
  Andrea Burbank
  Field Cady
  Andrew Lutomirski
2006-2007 Ashok Kumar
  Wesley Lim
2007-2008 Jiun Haur Wang
2008-2009 Joshua Dillon
  Sean Hart

The Jeffrey Willick Memorial Award was established in memory of the late Jeffrey Alan Willick, Assistant Professor of Physics, who was killed in tragic accident on June 18th, 2000, at the age of 40. He had been a faculty member at Stanford since 1995, and was a renowned observational cosmologist who was carrying out groundbreaking work in measuring the large-scale structure of the universe. He was a conscientious classroom teacher, and the leader of a vibrant group of students and postdoctoral fellows. This award is given to an outstanding senior physics major. Preference is given to undergraduates studying astrophysics.
Academic Year Recipient
2010-2011
Yu Xian Lim
2009-2010
Aaron Meisner
2008-2009 Joshua Dillon
2007-2008 Shih-Arng (Tony) Pan
2006-2007 Ed Schlafly
2005-2006 Jennifer Meyer
2004-2005 Tess Williams
2003-2004 Evan Kirby
2002-2003 Joel Hartman
2001-2002 Colin Bischoff
2000-2001 Klara Elteto

Rebecca Carrington Award
Academic Year Recipient
2001 (Award Retired)
2000 Jiang Qian
1999 John Stockton
  Kevin Birnbaum
1998 Randall True
  Daniel Podolsky
1997 Olivia White
  Lukasz Zielinski
1996 Sara Cronenwett
1995 Joshua Folk
  Cris Neill
1994 Gavin Polhemus
1993 Robert Heeter
1992 Niel Switz
1991 Robert Liu
1990 Henry Edwards
1989 Rowena Young
1988 Paul Feffer
  Kathryn Moler
1987 Katrina Lane
1986 Andrew Gooding
1985 Bryan Penrase
1984 Charles Marcus
1983 Jed Dempsey
1982 Jose Bazan
1981 Roger Lewis
1980 Jane Alexander
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