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Human rights graduate Harika Kottakota wins Firestone Medal

Stanford graduate Harika Kottakota
Photo courtesy of Harika Kottakota.
Jul 9 2020

Human rights graduate Harika Kottakota '20 recently won the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. Harika graduated in June with a bachelors degree in Biology and a Human Rights Minor. She was the undergraduate coordinator for the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program (HRTMHP), an inter-disciplinary group affiliated with our Center, Stanford Psychiatry, and Stanford Law School. She also was a Stanford Community Impact Fellow in Family Practice, served on the Global Health Student Council.

The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research recognizes the top ten percent of all honors theses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering and applied sciences.

Offering warmest congratulations on the award, Associate Director, Penelope Van Tuyl said, “Harika has been a valued member of the the Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Program for the last several years. In her role as undergraduate research coordinator, we’ve seen her embrace cross-disciplinary inquiry, and know what a terrific researcher and a writer she is! I speak for the whole team when I say we were very pleased to learn she was being recognized in this way for her thesis research, which focused on autism, genetics, and narratives of identity/representation.”

Congratulations, Harika!