Sophomore College

10 students are selected for each of eight seminars, which meet for two hours every morning over two and one-half weeks in early September, before regular classes begin. In the afternoons sophomores learn about the resources that are available to undergraduates.

Last year there were about 200 applications for 50 slots, compared with almost 500 applications this year for 80 spaces, according to Todd Benson, coordinator of sophomore programs.

For Jones’ two-week class on “The Crest of the Wave: Frontiers in Biological Research,” she organized several field trips and also invited students to dinner at her home where they could chat informally with her husband, Bob Schimke, professor of biological sciences, about his work in cancer research.

As the sophomores heard about the other faculty members in the biological sciences department who had signed up to talk with them ­ Ellen Macdonald, Virginia Walbot, Ron Kopito and Susan McConnell ­ they exchanged amazed looks.

“I’d like you to meet a number of Stanford biologists who are doing a variety of research in ‘hot’ areas and get a sense of the excitement they feel,” Jones said.

A brief hour into the seminar, the students caught her enthusiasm and began firing ­ and answering ­ questions as fast as Jones could construct red and green diagrams on the whiteboard. Discussions leapt from enzymes and hemoglobin to genetic mutation and molecular biology in an overview of topics to come.

One sophomore, who came to Stanford planning to major in pre-law or pre-med, said that largely as a result of the seminar she has shifted her focus of study.

“Now I would love to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program which would give me an opportunity to work with students as a professor, with patients as a physician and with scientists as a peer,” Vivian Tsai said. “These past two weeks have been exhilarating, and meeting and talking with scientists who are the tops in their field has been an amazing experience.”

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