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Diversity really is what brings forth some of the best ideas we have in the world, and I find it to be a beautiful thing.
"I went to an all-girls school and was taught science by a woman, and really quite enjoyed it – all those clichés about girl schools and empowering girls and women, I think they’re true. It was then, at this all-girls high school, that I developed a huge love for the physical sciences and chemistry."
Engineer Usua U. Amanam hopes to continue what his father began in Nigeria.
A former Navy officer reflects on physics, fatherhood, and being a man.
To me, diversity is the incredible power that comes from the contribution of an individual's own unique experiences to a larger group.
"Biology was the place I entered science as a kid. I used to get these cards from the World Wildlife Federation with pictures of pandas and belugas and raccoons – you know, whatever they put on these cards. And so you grow up already with a natural affinity for living things."
"In my own experience, without the support of various programs and many mentors, I would not be where I am today. It has been my personal mission to give others this same kind of support."


“I grew up with a sense of duty, of wanting to devote myself to public service,” she says. She was also inspired by one her uncles, an astronaut. She recalls visiting Cape Canaveral at age 5 to watch him blast off on a space mission and being instilled by a profound sense of possibility. “It taught me that you really can do anything you set your mind to.”

I am committed to making sure that all individuals understand the ups and downs of each member of this diverse group that is Stanford Biosciences.
Heidi Marisol López, finance assistant and graduate fellowships coordinator at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, recently won an Amy J. Blue Award, which honors staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.