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All 2016 VPGE Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2016 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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  • Eva Gabriela Baylon, Mechanical Engineering
  • Da Rong (Daren) Cheng, Mathematics
  • Christopher Davis, Physics
  • Sarah Fakhreddine, Earth System Science
  • Emily Hollenbeck, Chemical Engineering
  • Patrick Kramer, Chemistry
  • Jeremy Maurer, Geophysics
  • Amanda Miguel, Bioengineering
  • Kevin Raines, Applied Physics
  • Gennifer Smith, Electrical Engineering

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

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity 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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  • Elisa Kim, Sociology

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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  • Kyle Beckham, Education
  • Fanya Becks, Anthropology
  • Rebecca Carey, Psychology
  • Aleksandra Denisin, Bioengineering
  • Jesus Guardado, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Marlette Jackson, Political Science
  • Mireille Kamariza, Biology
  • Harper Keenan, Education
  • Thomas Keller, Immunology
  • Sharese King, Linguistics
  • Melissa Ko, Cancer Biology
  • Lily Lamboy, Political Science
  • Cristina Lash, Education
  • Christopher Lewis, Law
  • Marguerite De Loney, Anthropology
  • Jesus Madrid, Neurosciences
  • David Manosalvas-Kjono, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Mary Anne Manumpil, Chemistry
  • Eduardo Munoz-Munoz, Education
  • Michael Reddick, Chemical Engineering
  • Jennifer Wang, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Katrina Wisdom, Mechanical Engineering

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.

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EDGE-STEM Fellows

  • Iwnetim Abate, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nate Abebe, Electrical Engineering
  • Aisulu Aitbekova, Chemical Engineering
  • Tim Anderson, Electrical Engineering
  • Emilio Botero, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Jonathan Calles, Bioengineering
  • Erica Castillo, Mechanical Engineering
  • Shea Cheatham, Earth System Science
  • Sami Chen, Geological Sciences
  • Cody Coleman, Computer Science
  • Caleb Cook, Physics
  • Kate Coppess, Physics
  • Kiara Cui, Chemical Engineering
  • Laura Dafov, Geological Sciences
  • Darrel Deo, Mechanical Engineering
  • Camille Everhart, Mechanical Engineering
  • Raul Flores, Chemical Engineering
  • Joy Franco, Mechanical Engineering
  • David Gonzalez, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Eva Gonzalez Diaz, Bioengineering
  • Nelson Hall, Bioengineering
  • Nicole Hartman, Physics
  • Claire Hebert, Applied Physics
  • Ares Hernandez, Physics
  • Emily Hernandez, Electrical Engineering
  • Sarah Hull, Chemical Engineering
  • Connie Jiang, Physics
  • Bennett Kapili, Earth System Science
  • Fereshte Khani, Computer Science
  • Allison Koenecke, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Louai Labanieh, Bioengineering
  • Sean Liu, Computer Science
  • Alandra Lopez, Earth System Science
  • Makai Mann, Electrical Engineering
  • Dayshon Mathis, Physics
  • Caitlyn Miller, Bioengineering
  • Anton Molina, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Brian Munguia, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Cara Nunez, Bioengineering
  • Julia Olivieri, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Lizmarie Comenencia Ortiz, Mechanical Engineering
  • Reid Pryzant, Computer Science
  • Sean Roget, Chemistry
  • Francisca Santana, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Ruby Shi, Physics
  • Sadaf Sobhani, Mechanical Engineering
  • Briana Swette, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Ioza Tadesse, Bioengineering
  • Ana Tarano, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Ada Undieh, Chemical Engineering
  • Chris Vassos, Electrical Engineering
  • Gabrielle Vukasin, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sophia Williams, Electrical Engineering

EDGE-SBEH Fellows

  • AJ Alvero, Education
  • Joe Amato, History
  • Luis Armona, Economics
  • Wenjia Ba, Business
  • Tyler Bonnen, Psychology
  • Hollie Buttery, Art
  • Fang Cai, Statistics
  • Cristina Ceballos, Philosophy
  • Rosie Chavez, Education
  • Wanning Chen, Business
  • Danee Conley, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Jon Davies, Art
  • Wendy De La Rosa, Business
  • Grant Dowling, Philosophy
  • Abby Fanlo, Political Science
  • Alejandra Gimenez, Political Science
  • Chantal Gratton, Linguistics
  • Kim Higuera, Sociology
  • Isabel Iturrios-Fourzan, Sociology
  • Nadia Kotova, Business
  • Monica Lee, Education
  • Thomas McDonald, Comparative Literature
  • Austen McDougal, Philosophy
  • Frank Mondelli, East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Daniel Muise, Communication
  • Zenzele Olatunji, Comparative Literature
  • Koji Ozawa, Anthropology
  • Casey Patterson, English
  • Greses Perez Gonzalez, Education
  • Jonatan Perez, History
  • Jasmine Reid, Anthropology
  • Kathryn Ribay, Education
  • George Rosa Acosta, Iberian and Latin American Cultures
  • Kiara Sanchez, Psychology
  • Daniel Smith, Education
  • Amani Starnes, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Marissa Thompson, Education
  • Sam Trejo, Education
  • Cristobal Trujillo, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Amy Wang, Business
  • Sandra Welch, Education
  • Kristin Wilson, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Rebecca Zhang, Business

Ethnic and Community Center Academic Achievement Awards

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.

  • VPGE Black Community Services Center Graduate Student of the Year Award: Jakeya Caruthers, Anthropology of Education
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for El Centro Chicano y Latino: Isla Flores-Bayer, Linguistics, and Eva Gabriela (Gaby) Baylon, Mechanical Engineering
  • VPGE Research Award for the Asian American Activities Center: Yiyang Li, Materials Science and Engineering
  • VPGE Graduate Feminist Scholar Award for the Women's Community Center: Alison Tracy Wynn, Sociology
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Stanford LGBT Community Resources Center: Joey Nelson, Geological Sciences
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Native American Cultural Center: Dahlton Brown, Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, Graduate School of Education
  • VPGE Graduate Scholar Award for The Markaz: Resource Center: Aisha Ghani, Anthropology

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.

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  • Annie Atura, English
  • Natalie Colich, Psychology
  • Jennifer Dannals, Business
  • Andrew Doyle, Chemical Engineering
  • Nadja Drabon, Geological Sciences
  • Eliza Evans, Education
  • Alison Feder, Biology
  • Alex Heeney, Management Science and Engineering
  • Sandra Nicole Kjono, Electrical Engineering
  • Glory Liu, Political Science
  • Richard She, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Hannah Stuart, Mechanical Engineering

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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  • Abubakar Abid, Electrical Engineering
  • Esha Atolia, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Elizabeth Blevins, Psychology
  • Elise Bruguera, Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Garrison Buss, Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Fang Cai, Statistics
  • Jennifer Cardona, Mechanical Engineering
  • Bethany Casarez, Mechanical Engineering
  • Lily Chen, Chemistry
  • Victoria Chen, Electrical Engineering
  • Tanvi Chheda, Geological Sciences
  • Elaine Chou, Electrical Engineering
  • Peter Csernica, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Glenn Davis, Education
  • Shi Dong, Electrical Engineering
  • Yanniv Dorone, Biology
  • Constantin Dory, Electrical Engineering
  • Kathryn Driest, Cancer Biology
  • Saba Eskandarian, Computer Science
  • Soheil Esmaeilzadeh, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Jordi Feliu Faba, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Amy Fan, Immunology
  • Linxi Fan, Computer Science
  • Corey Fernandez, Neurosciences
  • Giovanni Forcina, Biology
  • Anqi Fu, Electrical Engineering
  • Lucia Gan, Electrical Engineering
  • Daniel Alvarez-Gavela, Mathematics
  • Amirata Ghorbani, Electrical Engineering
  • Jaime Roquero Gimenez, Statistics
  • Olivia de Goede, Genetics
  • Shumpei Goke, Economics
  • David Gonzalez, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Eric Gonzalez, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mitchell Gordon, Computer Science
  • Nicolette Goularte, Structural Biology
  • Richard Grewelle, Biology
  • Vivek Gupta, Mechanical Engineering
  • Latifah Hamzah, Mechanical Engineering
  • Xizhi Han, Physics
  • Steven Herbst, Electrical Engineering
  • Kevin Hou, Chemical Engineering
  • Michael Howland, Mechanical Engineering
  • Connie Hsueh, Applied Physics
  • Stacey Huang, Electrical Engineering
  • Anne Hulsey, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • TzuChiao Hung, Developmental Biology
  • Anika Jain, Chemical Engineering
  • Jenny Jin, Computer Science
  • Alyssa Kaiser, Cancer Biology
  • Piper Keyes, Neurosciences
  • Yuri Kolchinski, Education
  • Mark Koren, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Larissa Kunz, Chemical Engineering
  • Louai Labanieh, Bioengineering
  • Abhijit Lavania, Applied Physics
  • Irene Li, Cancer Biology
  • David Lindell, Electrical Engineering
  • Mathilde Lindhart, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Corinne Lippe, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Changran Liu, Mechanical Engineering
  • Ruishan Liu, Electrical Engineering
  • Katharina Lix, Management Science and Engineering
  • Molly Lucas, Neurosciences
  • Nicolo Maganzini, Electrical Engineering
  • Joseph Mann*, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Andrew McClellan, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Tyler McFadden, Biology
  • Charles Meyer, Electrical Engineering
  • Nicolette Meyer, Earth System Science
  • Annabel Imbrie-Moore, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mehrad Moradshahi, Electrical Engineering
  • Alexandros Mousatov, Physics
  • Benjamin Mullet, Geophysics
  • Julia Olivieri, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Obinna Onyemepu, Mechanical Engineering
  • Joseph Park, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Kevin Parker, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Negar Matoorian pour, Economics
  • Winston Pouse, Applied Physics
  • Yihui Quek, Applied Physics
  • Aditya Rao, Immunology
  • Neeraja Ravi, Bioengineering
  • Kathryn Ribay, Education
  • Luis Rios, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Katherine Roehrick, Communication
  • Jimmy Rojas, Mechanical Engineering
  • Rijk De Rooij, Mechanical Engineering
  • Theresa Ryckman, Health Research and Policy
  • Ronald Shanderson, Cancer Biology
  • Rishi Sharma, Electrical Engineering
  • Allison Sherris, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Adam Simpson, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Patrick Slade, Mechanical Engineering
  • Chun-Ming So, Electrical Engineering
  • Michael Strand, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Atli Thor Sveinbjarnarson, Electrical Engineering
  • Shannon Swanson, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Yuan Jin Tan, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pulkit Tandon, Electrical Engineering
  • Li Tao, Electrical Engineering
  • Christopher Toukam Tchakoute, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Marissa Thompson, Education
  • Ron Tidhar, Management Science and Engineering
  • Stephanie Tietz, Electrical Engineering
  • Rahul Trivedi, Electrical Engineering
  • Eirini Tsekitsidou, Biology
  • Jonathan Tuck, Electrical Engineering
  • Adaeze Ada Undieh, Chemical Engineering
  • Lauren Watkins, Bioengineering
  • James Winter, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Fei Xia, Electrical Engineering
  • Kailai Xu, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Lucy Xu, Biology
  • Jiheng Zhao, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nathan Zhao, Applied Physics
  • Zhexin Zhao, Electrical Engineering
  • Yue Zhu, Management Science and Engineering
  • Grayson Zulauf, Electrical Engineering

* = Honorary Stanford Graduate Fellow

SIGF: Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship Program is a group of 84 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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  • Katherine Amberg-Johnson, Bio-X SIGF, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Jackie Basu, Political Science
  • Salil Sanjay Bhate, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Sam Corbett-Davies, Computer Science
  • Richard Davis, Education
  • Darrel Deo, Bio-X SIGF, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sahar El Abbadi, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jane Esberg, Political Science
  • Chris Ford, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kevin Guttenplan, SIGF Affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences
  • Kiah Hardcastle, SIGF Affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences
  • Yonatan Israeli, Bio-X SIGF, Biophysics
  • Anna Koster, SIGF Affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Chemistry
  • Nathan Lee, Political Science
  • Michael Leung, Bio-X SIGF, Electrical Engineering
  • Lachlan McNamee, Political Science
  • Arek Melkonian, Bio-X SIGF, Chemical Engineering
  • Elaine Ng, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Arjun Prabhakar, Bio-X SIGF, Biophysics
  • Amanda Rabe, Bio-X SIGF, Cancer Biology
  • Katherine Riopelle, Music
  • Heather Rogan, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Artemis Seaford, Political Science
  • Handuo Shi, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Anne Siders, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Rob Voigt, Linguistics
  • Jingfan Wang, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Philip Womble, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources