Achievements & Awards

The Department of Music salutes 2020 Deans' Award winners

We would like to congratulate four winners of the 2020 Deans' Awards for Academic Achievement, each of whom have included the Department of Music in their Stanford activities while majoring in other areas: 

  • Léa Bourgade is a senior majoring in Human Biology. Having played the violin for 17 years, she seeks to combine her musical background with her love of neuroscience to study the intersections between art and the mind. She studies violin with Stanford violin faculty Robin Sharp.

  • Jeffrey Chang is a senior majoring in Physics. Beyond science, Jeffrey played the French horn and piano in the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra (SCOr), a conductorless chamber orchestra and has also performed with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. He received a Stanford Humanities and Sciences Undergraduate Prize in Music in 2019. 

  • Ravi Veriah Jacques is a senior majoring in History with Honors alongside a minor in Music. His academic interests lie foremost in the 19th century, an era that witnessed industrialization and the expansion of empire, with its corresponding racism. Beyond the academic world, Ravi is a talented violinist; he studies with Robin Sharp in the Department of Music and received a Friends of Music scholarship to support those lessons. In 2017, He also won a Stanford Humanities and Sciences Undergraduate Prize in Music. 

  • Jennie Yang is a Materials Science major and Computer Science co-term. At Stanford, Jennie has immersed herself in a variety of academic and artistic pursuits, often operating in the intersections between those interests. She is a longtime violist in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, as well as a dancer in the Opening Committee of the 2020 Viennese Ball.     

The Deans' Award for Academic Achievement is given each year to between five and ten extraordinary undergraduate students that deserve campus recognition for academic endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated. We wish these award winners continued success and hope that playing music remains a part of their lives going forward.