Celebrating the accomplishments of 2020 students via the SDR

September 5, 2020
Hannah Frost
Anqi Xu, Stanford Class of 2020
Anqi Xu, pictured above, is one of 240 students who deposited their work to the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) as part of completing their programs of study at Stanford in 2020. Xu received her MA in East Asian Studies. Her thesis, available at PURL and SearchWorks, is a case study using a combination of business and design thinking analysis methods to explore the intersection of engineering, art making, and art viewing. She is one of five Stanford students selected for a fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. 
Stanford Libraries is proud to preserve and provide access to the scholarly works produced by students during their time “on the farm”, captured in the SDR before they move on to the next big moments in their impactful lives. Congratulations to Anqi and all the other 2020 graduates!
Spring and summer are typically the busiest quarters for student deposits in the SDR. With the global pandemic turning everything upside down this year, it was anyone’s guess how busy it would be in 2020. In the end, the 240 works deposited was super close to 2019 numbers (253 works deposited). The number of active collections dropped slightly from 33 to 30, and included two newly established program-based collections this year:
In July, news was made with the announcement of those students recognized for their award-winning research and writing. Many of those students works are available for discovery and long-term access from the SDR, as listed here. 

The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Of Dinners and Diplomacy: What White House State Dinners Reveal About Relationship Building and Goodwill Signaling in U.S. Foreign Policy, by Emily Bishko (International Relations): https://purl.stanford.edu/md222pt6655
A Centriole-less Pericentriolar Material, by Sani Eskinazi (Biology): https://purl.stanford.edu/bx446qq5867
Validation and Generalization of Pixel-wise Relevance in CNNs Trained for Face Classification, by Jñani Crawford (Symbolic Systems): https://purl.stanford.edu/wc388fb3957
African Autocrats and Progressive Refugee Governance, by Nick Kingsley (Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law): https://purl.stanford.edu/qs302ys9238
Who ‘Speaks’ for Autism and Who is ‘M[i]ss[i]ng’? Examining Autism Narratives and Advocacy in the Era of Genomics, by Harika Kottakota (Science, Technology, and Society): https://purl.stanford.edu/yk773bf8517
The Cost-Capitulation Paradox: Compellent Signals, Sequences, and Selection Effects, by Jonah Martin Glick-Unterman (Center for International Security & Cooperation): https://purl.stanford.edu/td244wz1500
A Novel 3-D Culture System for Modeling Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, by Demetri Maxim (Biology): https://purl.stanford.edu/jr760vf1471
Investigating the Role of Tomato Plasma Membrane Protein RLK15 in Tomato Defense Responses to Bacterial Infection, by Spencer Robinson (Biology) https://purl.stanford.edu/yp935qn0358 
Adult Education and Missing Women: Evidence from India’s Saakshar Bharat Literacy Program, by Nikhil Shankar (Economics): https://purl.stanford.edu/ht235kp9815 
Many-body Quantum Chaos Beyond Semiclassical Fields, by Zhengyan Darius Shi (Physics): https://purl.stanford.edu/nm562zj4764 

The Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts

Performance, Materiality, Postmemory: Dancing Toward History in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s DICTEE, by Maddie Kim (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity): https://purl.stanford.edu/gd950xr2526
Many thanks to all the Stanford Libraries staff, and the many academic program staff with whom they coordinate, who encourage, promote, and facilitate student collections in the Stanford Digital Repository.