Awards 2016

Awards were presented at the Princeton Research Day Reception in the Frist Multi-Purpose Room (Level B) from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Awards Selection

In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of this campus-wide event, presenters were evaluated primarily on how effectively they communicate their research to an educated, non-specialist audience. Consult the judging rubric for details.

All PRD attendees were invited to vote for their favorite presentations using the PRD Voting Platform on the day of the event. The Princeton Choice Awards were given to the presenters who received the highest and second-highest number of votes from across all presentation categories.


Award amounts ranged from $100 to $300. Award recipients also received a personalized award certificate signed by the University President, Provost, Dean of the College, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the Graduate School and Dean for Research.

The 2016 winners for best presentations were:

Princeton choice awards based on votes from attendees

Gold Princeton Choice:  Lucas Nguyen

Silver Princeton Choice:  Kathy Zhao/Carey Camel/Emma Watkins

90-second pitches

Gold Research Pitch:  Jasmin Imran Alsous

Silver Research Pitch:  Ian Lundberg

Poster presentations

Gold Poster Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher:  Sang Beom Kim

Gold Poster Undergraduate:  Derek Xu

Silver Poster Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher:  Enrico Sassoni

Silver Poster Undergraduate:  Abdiel Santiago

Fan Favorite Poster:  Kaichen Gu

Performance, video or digital presentation, or art exhibition/demonstration

Gold Performance/Art:  Yuyang Fan

Silver Performance/Art:  Julia Peiperl

Fan Favorite Performance/Art:  Mark Miller/Janik Kiefer

10-minute talk

Gold Research Talk Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher:  Allison Simi

Gold Research Talk Undergraduate:  Alison Campion

Silver Research Talk Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Researcher:  Nora Willet

Silver Research Talk Undergraduate:  Mairead Horton

Fan Favorite Research Talk:  Jonathan Balkind

Award Ceremony Program


Gold and Silver Princeton Choice Awards
presented by David Lee, Provost

Gold and Silver Research Pitch Awards
presented by Sanjeev Kulkarni, Dean of the Graduate School

Gold and Silver Poster Presentation Awards (undergraduate category)
Gold and Silver Poster Presentation Awards (graduate and postdoc category)
Fan Favorite Poster Presentation Award

presented by Debbie Prentice, Dean of the Faculty

Gold and Silver Performance/Art/Digital Presentation Awards
Fan Favorite Performance/Art/Digital Presentation Award

presented by Jill Dolan, Dean of the College

Gold and Silver Research Talk Awards (graduate and postdoc category)
Gold and Silver Research Talk Awards (undergraduate category)
Fan Favorite Research Talk Award

presented by Pablo Debenedetti, Dean for Research

Closing remarks, Princeton Research Day Sponsor Team