English Major Holst Katsma '13 recently won two University Awards for his thesis: The Robert M. Golden Medal and The David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize. Eleven seniors received the Golden Medal, which similarly distinguishes students completing honors projects in the humanities or creative projects in the fine arts.
Four students received Kennedy Prizes, awarded annually for outstanding honors theses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. Recipients of this award have accomplished significantly advanced research in the field and have demonstrated strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed scholarly works.
The prize was established in recognition of David Kennedy, professor emeritus of history and faculty co-director of Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West, and his longstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate writers.
Katsma's thesis, titled "Problems of Loudness in the Novel" was directed by Professor Franco Moretti.