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EDGE Insights

EDGE Mentors and Fellows share their Stanford graduate experience:

Staying Connected to Friends and Family

EDGE Mentors discuss the importance of maintaining community and how they build and maintain connection to their friends and family back home, while on the doctoral journey.

Getting The Most Out Of EDGE

Fellows share the components of the EDGE program that have been most valuable to them.

What I Wish I Knew Then...

EDGE Fellows describe some of the things that they wish they had known as incoming PhD students to Stanford.

Doing PhD Research (Part 2—Advice)

PhD students Cynthia Garcia (modern thought & literature), Soren Rosier (education), Richard Nally (physics), and Jared Weaver (chemistry) explain how they chose their dissertation topics and provide general advice for students who are in the process of making their own decision.

Doing PhD Research (Part 1—Challenges)

PhD students Shersingh Tumber-Davila (earth system science), Jared Weaver (chemistry), Soren Rosier (education), Cynthia Garcia (modern thought & literature) and Richard Nally (physics) discuss the challenges they have faced in getting started with their doctoral research.

Selecting a PhD Advisor

PhD students Camilla Griffiths (psychology), Joy Franco (mechanical engineering) and Jonathan Leal (modern thought & literature) discuss how they selected their PhD advisors and offer their top tips for graduate students looking to establish their relationship with a primary advisor.

Bridging Campus and Home

PhD students Brooke Durham (history) and Jeremy Witmer (applied physics) discuss their experiences bridging campus and home. They describe their strategies for sharing what graduate life at Stanford is like for them, what resonates with friends and family, and provide tips for describing their research to people outside their field.

Graduate Imposterism at Stanford

Nora Brackbill (physics) and Daniel Scott Smith (education) discuss their experiences with imposterism as Stanford graduate students. They share that feelings of imposterism are commonplace--nearly everyone experiences imposter syndrome at Stanford at one time or another and describe tips for managing feelings of imposterim in graduate school.

Transitioning to Stanford

David Manosalvas-Kjono, PhD Candidate in Aeronautics and Astronautics, tells the story of his initial transition to Stanford. He reveals that his early challenges, worrying about whether he belonged at Stanford and in his program, were shared by many students. Through connecting with other students David found a supportive community and an environment in which graduate students worked 'harder together' in a collaborative rather than competitive environment.