Maddie Burbage '22 Wins 2019-2020 Ward Prize

Yesterday, the faculty had the distinct pleasure of watching Ward prize presentations.  The Ward Prize, given in honor of the generous contributions of alum Rich Ward ’89, recognizes the best student class project of the year.  The faculty were extremely impressed with the quality of the work and presentations done by students.  These projects show a remarkable level of perseverance and dedication during these unusual times.  All nominees should be extremely proud of what they were able to accomplish.  Making a decision for this year’s award was very difficult.  AIl of the nominated projects were outstanding.

This year’s Ward prize recipient is Maddie Burbage, for her work “Implementing a Sequence Generator in Hardware,” which she completed as a WSP independent study project with advisor Duane Bailey.
If you missed the original presentations, and you would like to watch them, check out our archived livestream.
Presentations for the other nominees were on the following topics:
  • Petros Markopoulos, “Funny” (a graphical functional programming language; CSCI 334, Prof. Barowy)
  • Ben Maron, “Baba is Hard” (complexity of the game Baba Is You; CSCI 361, Prof. Williams)
  • David Lee & Shivam Patel, “Peer-to-Peer Privacy-Preserving Location-Based Contact Tracing” (contact tracing for COVID-19; CSCI 339, Prof. Albrecht)
  • Margaret Allen & Declan Daly, “Andy the Adventurer” (retro game for Pico-8 game engine; WSP CSCI 11, Prof. Williams)
  • Dzung Pham, “Distributed Deep Reinforcement Learning” (teaching a computer to play Pong using distributed Q-learning; CSCI 339, Prof. Albrecht)
  • Michaela Smith, “Visualizing WCMA: Exploring the Collection as a Digital Visitor” (visualizations to aid artwork discovery; independent study, Prof. Howley)
Congratulations to Maddie and the other nominees!