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We are pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of fellowships and awards administered by the VPGE office.

Supported by endowment and general funds, the following fellowships are designed to attract the most talented students to Stanford's doctoral programs, and to honor and support our most outstanding current doctoral students. Each program has a distinct focus, and while the selection processes vary, all are highly competitive and involve several levels of faculty review.

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ARCS: Achievement Rewards for College Scientists

The ARCS Scholar Award recognizes outstanding students who have a record of past achievement and who show exceptional promise of making a significant contribution to the scientific and technological strength of the nation. Each year, the Northern California Chapter of the ARCS Foundation allocates an award to Stanford, which VPGE then uses to support as many PhD students as possible through a combination of ARCS and University funds. ARCS scholars can select a two- or three-quarter award configuration, depending upon their academic and tuition needs.

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Read more about the Northern California Chapter of the ARCS Foundation

  • Scott Evan Berger, Biophysics
  • Lucia Brunel, Chemical Engineering
  • Mallory Harris, Biology
  • Rianna Jitosho, Mechanical Engineering
  • Matt Larson, Mathematics
  • Callan Monette, Bioengineering
  • Nicholas O'Dea, Physics
  • Alec Shelley, Applied Physics
  • Richelle Smith, Electrical Engineering
  • Paul Summers, Geophysics

CCSRE: Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Emerging Scholars Graduate Fellowship (CCSRE) awards three-year fellowships to new doctoral students interested in the study of the meanings, processes, and consequences of race, ethnicity, and culture. 

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  • Lavar Edmonds, Economics
  • Bryn Evans, Art and Art History
  • Sunidhi Madhukar Pacharne, Anthropology
  • Kesley B Townsend, Political Science
  • Anisa Putri Yudawanti, Education

DARE: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence

The DARE Doctoral Fellowship program awards two-year fellowships to advanced doctoral students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate. The DARE program aims to better prepare Stanford doctoral students from diverse backgrounds for successful faculty careers, and to contribute to the richness of Stanford’s educational environment.

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  • Gabriela Elise Basel, Chemical Engineering
  • Karen Bradshaw, Neurosciences
  • Kyalamboka Brown, Education
  • Julia Christina Costacurta, Electrical Engineering
  • Hannah D'Apice, Education
  • Ana Isabel De La Fuente Duran, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jose Ruben Diaz Vasquez, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Lucas Encarnacion-Rivera, Neurosciences
  • Nora Jane Enright, Bioengineering
  • Sebastian Fernandez, Electrical Engineering
  • Elysse Grossi-Soyster, Microbiology and Immunology
  • T. Shacon Jones II, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Zaith Lopez, Anthropology
  • Ricardo Mack, Cancer Biology
  • Victoria Melgarejo Vieyra, Education
  • Caylin Louis Moore, Sociology
  • Omnia Umniya Osman Mohamed Hamdan Najaer, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Mekedlawit Tsegaye Setegne, Chemistry
  • Misha Stekl, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Eduardo Tassoni, Biology
  • Rondeline Michelle Williams, Psychology
  • Kyra Yap, Chemical Engineering
  • Gregory Zaborski Jr., Materials Science and Engineering
  • Grace Zhong, Bioengineering

EDGE: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship

EDGE: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) fellows are incoming doctoral students with outstanding scholarly promise who have the potential to contribute to the diversity of their academic fields and departments. EDGE serves students in the Graduate Schools of Business and Education, and the Schools of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Humanities & Science.

Read more about EDGE

  • Adani Bennett Abutto, Psychology
  • Nallely Beulah Aceves, Education
  • Maximilian Adang, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, Computer Science
  • Izoduwa Maria Irenen Aimiuwu, Chemical Engineering
  • Ibukun Ajifolokun, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chase Alvarado-Anderson, Earth and Planetary Science
  • Lisa Archuleta, Education
  • Marlon Amaresh Ariyasinghe, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Parnian Azizian, Mechanical Engineering
  • Derek Matthew Baldwin, Physics
  • Samantha Bennett, Philosophy
  • Michael Dawit Bereket, Computer Science
  • Natalia Berrios-Rivera, Geophysics
  • Michelle F Blair, Education
  • Kenny Guy-Wellington Blakey, Mathematics
  • Lilliana Shizuko Callender Brandao, Chemistry
  • Rachel Callisha Broun, Anthropology
  • Brian Brown, Music
  • Richard Edmund Brown, Political Science
  • Christopher S Buckley, Political Science
  • Angel M Burgos, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dominic Cruz Bustillos, Political Science
  • Gabriela Calana Somoza, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Obed Camacho, Applied Physics
  • Richard Anthony Cardrino, Chemistry
  • Nuno Vinicius Mendes Castanheira, Applied Physics
  • Aldo Chavez, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Amanda Chen, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Mallen Clifton, English
  • Kaila Coimbra, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Yamile Efigenia Cornejo Carrillo, Chemical Engineering
  • M. Drake, Education
  • Sophie D'Souza, Education
  • Bianca Edozie, Bioengineering
  • Bryn Evans, Art and Art History
  • Claire Ennen Ganiban, Philosophy
  • Rudy Gharib, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Dallas J Gilmore, Education
  • Nathan Girmay, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Manaka Gomi, Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrea Mone Green, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Rachel Guo, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Anmol Gupta, Psychology
  • Sydney Aleah Hampton, Earth System Science
  • Nicholas Isaiah Hausman, Chemistry
  • Alexandrea Renae Henry, Education
  • Anup Hiwrale, Religious Studies
  • Jordon Nicholas Horton, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Sebastian Ibarraran, Chemistry
  • Julie Kallini, Computer Science
  • Moo Jin Kim, Computer Science
  • Brian Lattimore, Management Science and Engineering
  • Wonjun Lee, Mechanical Engineering
  • Yu Qing "Verity" Lua, Psychology
  • Jillian Lyles, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Dan Lam Ma, Education
  • Virginia Ma, Statistics
  • Sofia Madrigal Gamboa, Mechanical Engineering
  • Samantha McLoughlin, Religious Studies
  • Jonathan Eli Melgar Linares, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Luke Gyubin Min, Mechanical Engineering
  • Esther Aurelie Tchoupou Mozipo, Bioengineering
  • Benjamin Lyall Najm, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Yailin Navarro, Economics
  • Daniel Ogunbamowo, Psychology
  • Darrell Emake Mbeng Omo-Lamai, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Christian Otero, Chemical Engineering
  • Gabriel Panuco-Mercado, History
  • Quinn Mitsuko Parker, Earth System Science
  • Valerie Ann Perez Medina, Mechanical Engineering
  • George Poppitz, Chemistry
  • Michelle Carmen Quan, Chemical Engineering
  • Saira P Reyes-Zelaya, Bioengineering
  • Abrianna Mikala Rhodes, Political Science
  • Estefania Rodriguez Sanchez, Education
  • Ryan Rogers, Earth System Science
  • Javier Romanelli, Chemical Engineering
  • Bella Marina Ryb, Political Science
  • Jon Saad-Falcon, Computer Science
  • Tony Salcido-Alcantar JR, Bioengineering
  • Monique Tania Santoso, Communication
  • Nick Scott-Hearn, Economics
  • Fiona Sequeira, Business
  • Baiyu Shi, Mechanical Engineering
  • Isleydys Silva Torrecilla, Applied Physics
  • Henry David Smith, Statistics
  • Kyéra Jasmin Sterling, Art and Art History
  • Mavis Stone, Earth System Science
  • Carmen Daniela Strassle, Computer Science
  • Kavindya Thennakoon, Education
  • Ceyenna Michole Tillman, Biology
  • Kesley B Townsend, Political Science
  • Owen River Trimble, Mechanical Engineering
  • Andreas Tsantilas, Physics
  • Sarah Shi Tung, Psychology
  • Raphael Piet-Emil Rozinski Uricher, Psychology
  • Calvin James Van Zytveld, Music
  • Alfred Vargas, Chemical Engineering
  • Noah Vinoya, Communication
  • Lauren Ward, Earth System Science
  • Ke "Chloe" Wen, Chemical Engineering
  • Daniel Olaoluwa Whyte, English
  • Sofia Wilson, Education
  • Allison Xu, Statistics
  • Jiawei Yang, Mechanical Engineering
  • Anisa Putri Yudawanti, Education
  • Xinmeng Zeng, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Sarah Zhao, Statistics

VPGE Academic Achievement Awards for the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership

These awards honor graduate students affiliated with the ethnic and community centers who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and serve as role models to undergraduate and graduate students. Each center determines its own selection process and criteria.

Read more ABOUT the VPGE Academic Achievement Awards

  • VPGE Graduate Scholar Award for The Markaz Resource Center: Rahemeen Ahmed, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • VPGE Research Teaching Award for the Asian American Activities Center: Ankita Deb, Art and Art History
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Stanford Queer Student Resources: Kerry Guerin, Law
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the First Generation and/or Low Income Student Success Center: Riasoya Jodah, Medicine
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for El Centro Chicano y Latino: Jorge Meraz, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • VPGE Graduate Feminist Scholar Award for the Women’s Community Center: Kemi Oyewole, Education
  • VPGE Graduate Scholar Award for the Native American Cultural Center: Keoni Rodriguez, Earth Systems
  • BCSC & VPGE Distinguished Scholar Award for the Black Community Services Center: Matt Randolph, History

Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship

The Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowships were established in 1993 to honor Stanford Professor and Provost Gerald Lieberman for his many years of distinguished service to the University. Designed to support the next generation of academic leaders across a broad array of disciplines, the Lieberman Fellowships are awarded to advanced doctoral students nominated by each school’s Dean. The honorees intend to pursue careers in academia and have demonstrated potential for leadership roles through their research accomplishments, teaching and university service.

Read more about the Lieberman Fellowship

  • Anna Dagorret, Business
  • Dory Ellen DeWeese, Chemistry
  • Rachel Elissa Dubit, Classics
  • Michelle Huang, Chemical Engineering
  • Emma Therese Kaeli, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Anna Kogler, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Elaine Jean Lai, Religious Studies
  • Yiran Emily Liu, Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Joan Eleanor O'Bryan, Political Science
  • Philipp Reineke, Management Science and Engineering
  • William Scott, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Lily Steyer, Education

RAISE: Research, Action, and Impact, through Strategic Engagement Doctoral Fellowship

The RAISE (Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement) Doctoral Fellowship Program supports doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world through their research and scholarship. In alignment with Stanford’s commitment to purposeful engagement and impact, the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship provides students with funding to support experiential learning opportunities coupled with cohort-based skills training and community building to better connect their research to action and impact.

Read more about the RAISE Fellowship

  • Madeline Anderson, Sociology
  • Karishma Bhagani, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Ed'd Luna Bhagwandeen, Education
  • Sierra Rose Castaneda, Earth System Science
  • Allie Cemalovic, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Orisa Zarilka Coombs, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tami Gjorgjieva, Genetics
  • Lemon Guo, Music
  • Sarah Izabel, Neurosciences
  • Jlateh Jappah, Health Policy
  • Rita Nayna Kamani-Renedo, Education
  • Emmanuella Kyei Manu, Economics
  • Michelle Ng, Communication
  • Tenzin Norzin, Biology
  • Nick Okafor, Management Science and Engineering
  • Javier Omar, Education
  • Marie Tano, Linguistics
  • Alyssa Virker, Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • William Xu, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Marisol Zarate, Sociology

SGF: Stanford Graduate Fellowships in Science & Engineering

Stanford Graduate Fellowships in Science and Engineering (SGF) is a group of more than 300 endowed fellowships, each named by a donor. Both new and continuing doctoral students are nominated by their departments to receive two-year and three-year awards.

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  • Ben Milani Alessio, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rocky An, Bioengineering
  • Filipe Araujo Hoffmann, Immunology
  • Vamshi Balanaga, Electrical Engineering
  • Jay Marie Baptista, Physics
  • Daniel Bauman, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Suhana Bedi, Biomedical Informatics
  • Elizabeth Berzin, Physics
  • Matthew Beutel, Applied Physics
  • Claire Blaske, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Jacob T Bryan, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Elisa Benedetti Caffrey, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Obed Camacho, Applied Physics
  • Casey Virginia Chan, Chemistry
  • Timothy Chang, Applied Physics
  • Howard Chiu, Education
  • Selena Man Wai Chiu, Chemical Engineering
  • Haeyoung "Chloe" Choi, Mechanical Engineering
  • Connor Cremers, Electrical Engineering
  • Shelby Christine Crespi, Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Clarissa Daniel, Electrical Engineering
  • Iván Rafael Deiana Lopez, Geophysics
  • Reese Dunne, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jasmin Rebecca Stephan Falconer, Electrical Engineering
  • Elizabeth Nixon Fetterolf, Communication
  • Priya Ganesh, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Tian Gao, Computer Science
  • Veronica Guo, Applied Physics
  • Rumaisa Habib, Computer Science
  • Marjorie Hahn, Education
  • Alexandra Julia Haraszti, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Elisa Heinrich Mora, Biology
  • Thomas Samuel Horton King, Electrical Engineering
  • Tzu-Yi Hsu, Developmental Biology
  • Qi Jiang, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rebekah Jin, Applied Physics
  • Janelle Mika Kaneda, Bioengineering
  • Dongjae Kong, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sophia Leanza, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathis Jacques Leblanc, Biophysics
  • Weaverly Colleen Co Lee, Biology
  • Minjie Lei, Physics
  • Sophie Helena Huiyuan Li, Applied Physics
  • Dan Lam Ma, Education
  • Sofia Madrigal Gamboa, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sophia Manukian, Biochemistry
  • Irene Maria Martinez Zuniga, Bioengineering
  • Ana Masaltseva, Bioengineering
  • Trevor Blake Maxfield, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Lorna Louise McElrath, Neurosciences
  • Clara Yesenia Medina, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Cesar Geovanne Mena, Biology
  • Luke Gyubin Min, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lyn Stephanie Miranda Portillo, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Yujin Moon, Developmental Biology
  • Devesh Narayanan, Management Science and Engineering
  • Thao Phuong Nguyen, Genetics
  • Nour Omar, Neurosciences
  • Tomoko Oshima, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Claire Petersen, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Nana Ansuah Peterson, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Padmanabha Prasanna Simha, Mechanical Engineering
  • Achuthan Raja Venkatesh, Biophysics
  • Akshita Rao, Bioengineering
  • Marcos Santiago Rojas Pino, Education
  • Naomi Isabella Sagan, Electrical Engineering
  • Tony Salcido-Alcantar JR, Bioengineering
  • AbuBakr Sangare, Biology
  • Louise Schul, Electrical Engineering
  • Janella Cristine Schwab, Bioengineering
  • Vedika Shenoy, Chemical Engineering
  • Jonathan Shoemaker, Physics
  • Diya Singhal, Chemical Engineering
  • Irmak Sivgin, Electrical Engineering
  • Adele Smolansky, Education
  • Johnathon Soro, Immunology
  • Aiden Swann, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tixuan Tan, Physics
  • Nitya Bhagwati Thakkar, Computer Science
  • Tristan Thrush, Computer Science
  • Andreas Tsantilas, Physics
  • Alyssa Unell, Computer Science
  • Camila Van Oost, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Alfred Vargas, Chemical Engineering
  • Jenny Tang Wan, Physics
  • Steven Wang, Cancer Biology
  • Weiyao Wang, Computer Science
  • Isaac Ronald Ward, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Talal Widatalla, Biophysics
  • Yuxuan Wu, Bioengineering
  • Yawen Xiao, Physics
  • Bill Yen, Electrical Engineering
  • Yundi "Erica" Zhang, Management Science and Engineering
  • Qilin Zhao, Biology

SIGF: Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Program is a group of 100 endowed fellowships, each named by a donor. Three-year fellowships are awarded to current doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research and the pursuit of questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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  • Carlos Antonio Aldrete, Bio-X SIGF, Chemical Engineering
  • Meelad Amouzgar, Bio-X SIGF, Immunology
  • Merve Cerit, Education
  • Paulina Choh, German Studies
  • Jasmine Michelle Cox, Electrical Engineering
  • Han Cui, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Marika Mae Cusick, Health Policy
  • Benjamin Doughty, Bio-X SIGF, Genetics
  • Bethanie Autumn Drake-Maples, Education
  • Hannah Field, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Bioengineering
  • Neel Guha, Computer Science
  • Katja Hofmann, Economics
  • Kexin Huang, Bio-X SIGF, Computer Science
  • Kristen Jackson, Education
  • Rennie Kendrick, Bio-X SIGF, Neurosciences
  • Danielle Klinger, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Jack Lamb, Earth System Science
  • Harrison H Li, Statistics
  • Daniel Liu, Bio-X SIGF, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Wanjing Anya Ma, Education
  • Kevin Mayer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Pradnya Narkhede, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry
  • Jason Fairbank Nideffer, SIGF affiliated with Sarafan ChEM-H, Immunology
  • Jenna Marie Przybysz, Music
  • Julia Schaepe, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Michelle Tai, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Emma Theisen, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences
  • Sebastian Toro Arana, Biology
  • Sarah Wu, Psychology
  • Christine Xiong, English
  • Theo Sunny Yang, Bio-X SIGF, Chemical Engineering
  • Xiaowei Zhang, SIGF affiliated with Sarafan ChEM-H, Bioengineering
  • Yunzhi Zhang, Computer Science
  • Junyi "Bob" Zou, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship

The Shoucheng Zhang Graduate Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral students who are pursuing innovative, interdisciplinary research in the broad field of quantum science and engineering.

  • Emily Chen, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sungjun Eun, Electrical Engineering
  • Yihuai Gao, Electrical Engineering
  • Sebastian Ibarraran, Chemistry