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Anand Venkatkrishnan receives Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment

The Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment, inaugurated in Spring 1988, is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students. These students deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated.

The Deans' Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Independent research
  • National academic competitions
  • A presentation or publication for a regional or national audience
  • Superior performance in the creative arts

Students selected for the awards have more than a high grade point average or success in coursework. Outstanding transcripts are usually recognized by honorary societies (Phi Beta Kappa, for example, or Tau Beta Pi). Also excellent honors theses are rewarded with prizes, such as the Firestone or Golden Medals.

Faculty nominate students for the Deans' Award. The award recipients was honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 13th, 2010 and received a gift card. The award was also noted in the Stanford Report.

Anand Venkatkrishnan is a senior at Stanford University, majoring in the Classics (Greek and Latin track). He is president of the student organization Stanford F.A.I.T.H: Faiths Act In Togetherness and Hope, which builds active interfaith cooperation between diverse religious communities on campus through projects of service, dialogue, and social justice. In Fall 2010, Anand will begin graduate studies at Columbia University, pursuing a PhD in South Asian Religion.

Congratulations, Anand, and best wishes for all your future endeavors!