Undergraduate Awards Presented 2015

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 recipient:

Michael Gloudemans For excellence in research and coursework including graduation with highest distinction, superb work in courses at Duke, and sophistication and depth in his intellectual achievements.

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:

Lalita Maraj For outstanding academic curiosity and excellence, support and service to individuals and organizations, and for inspiring others to achieve by being a quiet and effective leader.

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

  • Michael Gloudemans - Advisor: Alexander Hartemink. Explicit modeling and correction of DNase sequence bias clarifies transcription factor and nucleosome footprinting.

Graduation with High Distinction

  • Mollie Breen  - Advisor: Robert Calderbank. Community Detection on Duke Undergraduate Course Selection Data: Louvain Method and Map Equation Applied to Weighted, Undirected and Directed Networks.

Graduation with Distinction

  • Katherine Cummings - Advisor: Owen Astrachan. Research and Analysis of the Technical, Legal, and Social Aspects of the Digital World, as Applied to Blown to Bits Through Creative Commons
  • Samantha Huerta - Advisor: Susan Rodger. Mathematical Integration of ALICE Programming in Middle School Curriculum.
  • Kyle Moran Advisor: Alexander Hartemink. Investigating New Directions in Cellular Image Annotation.
  • Zanele Munyikwa Advisor: Jeffrey Forbes. Compositional Approaches for Document Level Sentiment Analysis.
  • Rui Xu Advisor: Richard Lucic. Full Stack Web Application Development: A Calendar Analytics Tool that Builds Your Productivity


Duke Computer Science students who graduated with undergraduate awards and distinction: