Teaching and Students

(l-r) Nitya Mani and Nancy Xu / Mike Abbott

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs offer a range of academically challenging opportunities

This summer, middle and high school students who participated in Stanford's pre-collegiate programs explored the rigors of challenging courses taught by Stanford scholars and enjoyed life on the Farm beyond the classroom.


Lathrop Library reading room

Stanford's new Lathrop Library ready for Sept. 15 opening

Lathrop Library will be the new home of the East Asia Library and other units previously housed in Meyer Library. The four-story building is filled with seminar rooms and classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology designed to enhance teaching, learning and research. 


SURGE students

Stanford summer program brings more diversity to the earth sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of earth science research and graduate school preparation.


gears turning in an image of the brain

Stanford's Symbolic Systems bridges gap between humanity, technology

In an interdisciplinary study of "the science of the mind," students examine the human-computer relationship, and how to design technology that works well with users.


Students make adjustments to their small pilotless aircraft / Kurt Hickman

Stanford course gives students just 10 weeks to design, build and fly tiny 'rescue' aircraft

Unique engineering course draws students from across campus with its hands-on approach to creating pilotless aircraft.  Video


Persis Drell with Three Books for frosh / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's 2014 Three Books program embraces theme of 'science and scientists'

Persis Drell is the first scientist to choose the summer reading list for incoming freshmen and transfers. The books' diversity of styles and approaches to science were picked to appeal to students' wide interests.


Andrea Lunsford with student / L.A. Cicero

From Twitter to Kickstarter, Stanford English professor says the digital revolution is changing what it means to be an author

English Professor Andrea Lunsford says today's writing instruction should teach students how to become better writers for social media and other interactive online environments.


Dana Gibson discusses her paper in the writing class / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford gives military veterans an academic boost

Eleven U.S. military veterans are participating in a summer program at Stanford designed to prepare them to transfer from community colleges to elite four-year universities.


Catherine Yu

High school interns bring curiosity and open minds to Stanford labs

With school out for high schools across the Bay Area, students turn toward Stanford labs to find internships. These internships are providing valuable work experience as well as the opportunity for students to discover their passions.


Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences

Stanford's Kennedy Graduate Residences to open Aug. 15

Stanford's new Donald Kennedy Graduate Residences will provide campus homes to 436 students, as well as a commons building for meetings and social gatherings.


Natasha Mmonatau at Summer Institute for General Management class / L.A. Cicero

Inspiring Stanford humanities majors to consider business careers

This summer was the first time that Stanford provided funding – with support from the Office of the President – to help Stanford students majoring in the humanities and the arts take part in the Summer Institute for General Management at the Graduate School of Business.


Student Xander Bremer working on his bike / Photo: Kurt Hickman

Stanford students learn to build their own bikes

One of the most popular courses run by the Product Realization Lab, ME 204 teaches students how to build bicycles – with lessons in patience and project management as well.  Video


Students working on birds with taxidermist standing by/Photo: Jeremy Moffett

In residential immersion program, Stanford freshmen take a new approach to scientific inquiry

Stanford recently completed the first year of SIMILE, a residential learning program focused on studying science, technology and medicine by exploring their historical, cultural and social contexts.


Campus grieving the death of Stanford senior

The Stanford family is grieving the death of senior Xavier Leyva-Quintana, 22, who was found unresponsive Sunday in his room at his residence Xanadu. Palo Alto Fire paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene about 1 p.m, after receiving a 911 call from a family member.


Richard Shaw talking to the Faculty Senate. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford Faculty Senate gets a preliminary look at the Class of 2018

At Thursday's Faculty Senate meeting, Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission, financial aid and visitor information services, presented a report on the Class of 2018 and announced new financial tools to make paying for college easier. David B. Abernethy, chair of the Stanford Emeriti Council, gave a report on the council's 2013-14 activities.