Awards

Congratulations to our PRD22 winners!

     

    Outstanding Undergraduate Presentation Award

    Awarded to undergraduate presentations that receive the highest scores among all undergraduate submissions. Awardees will be featured during the live ceremony and will have the opportunity to discuss their research with a moderator.

    PRD22 Winners:

    Grace Barbara, Class of 2022
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Adviser: Steve Pacala
    Title: From bare to brilliant: The migration of fish species to a newly deployed artificial coral reef in Delray Beach, FL

    Emily Alexander Cruz, Class of 2022
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Adviser: Chris Greig, Ian Bourg
    Title: Modeling the Carbon Emissions of Financial Institutions

    Miriam Stern, Class of 2022
    Linguistics
    Adviser: Christiane Fellbaum
    Title: "It's All in Your Head": Disparities in Colposcopy Description Between Patients and Medical Professionals

     

    Outstanding Presentation Award

    Awarded to the research presentation that receives the highest scores amongst graduate, postdoctoral or other early-career researcher submissions. Awardees will be featured during the live ceremony and will have the opportunity to discuss their research with a moderator.

    PRD22 Winners:

    Eric Franklin and Guanhua He, Graduate Students
    Molecular Biology
    Adviser: Martin Jonikas
    Title: How Nature’s Tiniest Soda Could Help Feed the World: The Story of the Algal Pyrenoid

    Samin Rashidbeigi, Graduate Student
    Near Eastern Studies
    Title: The Making of the Modern Donor

    Gawoon Shim, Graduate Student
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Adviser: Daniel Cohen
    Title: Can you electrically stimulate wounds to make them heal faster?

    Orange & Black Undergraduate Presentation Award

    Awarded to undergraduate presentations that receive the second-highest scores among all undergraduate submissions. Presenters who win this award will have their presentation featured on the PRD website and the presenter names will be announced during the live event.

    PRD22 Winners

    Jeffery Chen, Class of 2025
    Politics
    Adviser: Corey J. Cusimano
    Title: Motivated Reasoning: facts do care about your feelings

    Indu Panigrahi, Class of 2023
    Computer Science
    Adviser: Adam Maloof, Ruth Fong
    Title: A Tale of Modern Computers and the Ancient Seafloor

    Isla Dora Burrell Weber, Class of 2022
    Neuroscience
    Adviser: Gergely Turi, Annegret Falkner
    Title: Psychedelic-assisted therapy and the importance of context

    Orange & Black Presentation Award

    Awarded to graduate, postdoctoral or other early-career researcher submissions  that receive the second-highest scores. Presenters who win this award will have their presentation featured on the PRD website and the presenter names will be announced during the live event.

    PRD Winners

    Yeraldi Loera, Graduate Student
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    Adviser: Shane Campbell-Staton
    Title: Evolution by Pesticides

    Rolando Masís-Obando, Graduate Student
    Neuroscience
    Title: Ethical Design For The Future Internet

    Bhartendu Pandey, Postdoctoral Fellow
    Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Adviser: Anu Ramaswami
    Title: Urban Tree Cover Monitoring: Towards Environmental Equity and Sustainability

    FitzRandolph Gate Award

    A symbol of the University's openness to the worldwide community, the FitzRandolph Gate Award represents the presentation that is considered the “fan favorite” by the Princeton community. 

    Following the mainstage event, all submitted presentations will be viewable by the general public on the PRD website and shared through University-sponsored channels. The presentation that receives the most “likes” will win this award.

    Award value: $1,000

    PRD Winner:

    Payton Croskey, Class of 2023
    African American Studies
    Adviser: Ruha Benjamin
    Title: The Augmented Undercommons and The Path to The Sun: An Exploration of Liberatory Technology and other Revolutionary Tools

    Sponsored Awards

    Campus Impact Award

    Sponsored by Campus Life 

    Recognizes one presentation by an undergraduate student, graduate student or post-doctoral researcher whose research positively impacts the Princeton University campus community in some way. In particular, research that has a demonstrable, meaningful and potentially lasting impact on some or all campus populations can be considered for this award. This could mean positively impacting the life of other students; illuminating something important about campus or certain campus populations that may lead to action; responding to an important campus need; and/or research that connects or impacts University community members across roles.

    Award value: $1,500

    PRD22 Winner:

    Harry Shapiro, Class of 2022
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Adviser: Lamyaa El-Gabry
    Title: Optimizing Princeton’s Campus Energy Plants

    Graduate Student Impact Award

    Sponsored by the Graduate School

    Recognizes one presentation by a graduate student who clearly communicates the positive impact the research has on enriching or improving our culture, community or society. The winning graduate student researcher will have their presentation featured on the PRD website and the presenter name will be announced during the live event.

    Award value: $1,500

    PRD22 Winner:

    Yejoon Seo, Graduate Student
    Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Adviser: Rodney Priestley
    Title: Drugs are good, but how do they go bad?

    Innovation and Entrepreneurial Mindset Awards

    Sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council

    One award will be given to an undergraduate research presentation, and another award will be given to a graduate student, postdoc or early career researcher presentation. 

    This award recognizes the impact that Princeton research and scholarship can have on the greater world. Impact can take many different forms – social impact, technical impact, community impact – and can be on large or small communities. The judges will evaluate the research on the clarity of the proposition value presented – and the proposition value is defined by the benefit that a customer or user group will receive from the idea proposed.

    Award value: $1,000

    PRD22 Winners:

    Cathy Teng, Class of 2022
    Computer Science
    Advisers: Kyriaki Kylili, Constantinos Hadjistassou
    Title: Deploying Deep Learning to Estimate the Abundance of Marine Debris from Video Footage

    Sophia Yoo, Graduate Student
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Adviser: Jen Rexford
    Title: SmartCookie: Distributed In-Network SYN Flooding Mitigation

    Princeton University Library (PUL) Award

    Sponsored by the Princeton University Library

    Recognizes one presentation by an undergraduate student who has clearly articulated thoughtful use of Library resources and services, including working with PUL staff (librarians, specialists, curators) to support their research endeavors. Library resources include: the Special Collections Reading Room, online exhibits, digitization services, research data management, GIS and maps or the statistical software support offered by the Library.

    Award value: $750

    PRD22 Winner:

    Saran Touré, Class of 2022
    Politics
    Adviser: Leonard Wantchekon
    Title: THE NATURAL RESOURCE CURSE AND COLONIAL LEGACY IN FRENCH WEST AFRICA

    Award Information

    Awards range from $750-1,500. Co-presenters will split the prize in each respective category.

    In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of this campus-wide event, PRD judges will evaluate presentations primarily on how effectively they communicate their research to a non-specialist audience. Judges include undergraduate and graduate alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community.

    To be eligible for an award, videos should be three minutes or less. Presenters who received an award at a previous PRD are eligible to win awards again at future PRDs.

    For more information on the evaluation criteria, you can view last year's PRD judges' rubric. Watch the winning videos from 2021 and 2020.