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My cousin would not die in vain. I wanted to make a difference in my hometown and the community there. So I ran for Stockton City Council while still pursuing my master’s — and won!
Identical twins discuss the bonds they share, and the similar paths they have taken.
Our program is powered by the scholarship and stories our students bring to their studies. We asked them to reflect on why they declared African and African American Studies, and here is what they had to say…
I felt like Stanford truly cared and encouraged its students to embrace all their identities and be proud of them.
Although she works in a neuroscience lab, Franco is a mechanical engineering graduate student seeking a way to grow touch-sensitive neurons in a dish. Her hope is to open up new ways to study how touch works and why, sometimes, it doesn’t.
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.
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."
"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."