Citation for Julian De Freitas — Alpheus Henry Snow Prize
Julian De Freitas has already contributed significantly to the understanding of how human attention works. He has received fellowship support for his research in the Yale Perception and Cognition Lab, read papers and made presentations at national and international conferences, and published in academic journals and popular science periodicals. His senior essay has not only won the Angier Prize in Psychology, it has also been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, one of his field’s top-ranked journals.
Mr. De Freitas’s initial inspiration for his attentional rhythm project derived directly from his passion as a singer. He performed with and ultimately served as president of the Alley Cats, and has sung most recently as a member of the Whiffenpoofs. He has also served as the captain of the Yale Road Running club, and has contributed photos to a variety of undergraduate publications.
His instructors praise him as industrious and fun-loving, thoughtful and enthusiastic, upbeat and down-to-earth — a well-rounded undergraduate scholar whose work shows intellectual daring and independence.
Mr. De Freitas graduates magna cum laude with Distinction in his cognitive science major. He is a member of the Rhodes Scholar class of 2013 and plans to study experimental psychology at Oxford, researching behavior and cognitive neuroscience.
For the remarkable record of what he has done and in admiring anticipation of all he will do, Yale College takes great pride in bestowing the Alpheus Henry Snow Prize upon Julian De Freitas.