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All 2021 VPGE Fellows

We are pleased to announce the 2021 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

  • Katie Antilla, Chemical Engineering
  • Kevin Aris, Biophysics
  • Julie Chang, Bioengineering
  • Michael Chavez, Bioengineering
  • Victoria Chen, Electrical Engineering
  • Laura Clark, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • James Fahlbusch, Biology
  • Caroline Famiglietti, Earth System Science
  • Jed Thompson, Physics
  • Kevin Yang, Mathematics

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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  • Olamide Abiose, Neurosciences
  • Sai Auelua-Toomey, Psychology
  • Doga Cavdir, Music
  • Riley Culberg, Electrical Engineering
  • Carolyn Dundes, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Jamie Fine, Modern Thought and Literature
  • Josh Gagné, Sociology
  • Chiara Giovanni, Comparative Literature
  • Danielle Greene, Education
  • Aria Hamann, Earth System Science
  • Kim Higuera, Sociology
  • Mohamed Hussein, Business
  • Jamie Jeffries, Molecular and Cellular Physiology
  • Avery Krieger, Neurosciences
  • Jingyi Li, Computer Science
  • Alexander Feliciano Mejia, Education
  • Zion Mengesha, Linguistics
  • Justin Myles, Physics
  • Abraham Oshotse, Business
  • Kameron Rodrigues, Immunology
  • Francisco Romero, Electrical Engineering
  • Jordan Smart, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Brenda Velasco, Immunology
  • Nia Walker, Biology

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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  • Nayla Abney, Bioengineering
  • Alexia Ainsworth, English
  • Ashton Aleman, Chemical Engineering
  • Ayan Ali, Education
  • Naomi Alyafei, Bioengineering
  • Max Beeman, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kofi Blake, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Beleicia Bullock, Computer Science
  • Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos, Education
  • Connor Call, Chemical Engineering
  • Brandi Cannon, Education
  • Emily Carpenter, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Hamish Carr Delgado, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nicole Carroll, Religious Studies
  • Sierra Castaneda, Earth System Science
  • Elizabeth Childs, Mechanical Engineering
  • Blyss Cleveland, Sociology
  • Jennifer Co, Chemistry
  • Orisa Coombs, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sergio Cordero, Electrical Engineering
  • Casey Decosto, Chemistry
  • Cyan DeVeaux, Communication
  • Moussa Doumbouya, Computer Science
  • Salma Elkhaoudi, Anthropology
  • Zac Espinosa, Earth System Science
  • Jan Estrada Pabon, Chemistry
  • Shaghayegh Fazliani, Mathematics
  • Joseph Feffer, Business
  • Hector Reyes Figueroa, Economics
  • Chris Flores, Political Science
  • Christopher Flowers, Management Science and Engineering
  • Aaron Garza, Mechanical Engineering
  • Martin Gonzalez, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jabari Hastings, Computer Science
  • Paige Hill, Political Science
  • Amber Hu, Statistics
  • Nadine Humphrey, Chemical Engineering
  • Adarsh Jeewajee, Computer Science
  • Steve Juarez, Education
  • Riley Juenemann, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Rita Kamani-Renedo, Education
  • Ishani Karmarkar, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Stacia King, Psychology
  • Emmanuella Kyei Manu, Economics
  • Micah Lawrence, Bioengineering
  • Cesar Lema, Applied Physics
  • Ethan Lopes, Geophysics
  • Jay Lugardo, Classics
  • Mae MacDonald, Political Science
  • Marina Machado de Oliveira, Comparative Literature
  • Marigold Malinao, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Julio Martinez, Psychology
  • Daria Matviienko, Business
  • Zachary Montgomerie, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Cecilia Moreira, Economics
  • Janice Ndegwa, History
  • Favour Nerrise, Electrical Engineering
  • Teathloach Wal Nguot, Anthropology
  • Laura Nicolae, Business
  • Mike O'Key, Education
  • Daisy O'Mahoney, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Tolúlọpẹ́ Ògúnrẹ̀mí, Computer Science
  • Javier Omar, Education
  • Obumneme Godson Osele, Mechanical Engineering
  • Debolina Paul, Statistics
  • Abena Peasah, Bioengineering
  • Lindsay Popowski, Computer Science
  • Claudette Proctor, Earth System Science
  • Adrienne Propp, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Gabriel Reyes, Education
  • Diego Rivera, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Esther Robb, Computer Science
  • Omar Rosales Cortez, Geological Sciences
  • Kalee Rozylowicz, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jasmin Salazar, Sociology
  • Rebecca Salcedo, Earth System Science
  • Alana Sanchez, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Lucas Sanchez, Chemistry
  • Eli Scott, Political Science
  • Saikun Shi, Business
  • Mahlet Shiferaw, Physics
  • Sofia Silva, Art and Art History
  • Lauren Simitz, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Tamara Sobomehin, Education
  • Danilo Symonette, Computer Science
  • Marie Tano, Linguistics
  • Ian-Christopher Tanoh, Statistics
  • Adejah Taylor, Education
  • Joshua Tong, Physics
  • Jayson Toweh, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Jordan Troutman, Computer Science
  • Kia Turner, Education
  • Bryan Ugaz, Chemistry
  • Luis Valencia, Chemistry
  • Monica Vidaurri, Geological Sciences
  • Jaelynn Walls, Art and Art History
  • Kevin Ward, Education
  • Catherine Weibel, Applied Physics
  • Wrayzene Willoughby, Chemical Engineering
  • Shameeka Wilson, Education
  • Kai Woolner-Pratt, Art and Art History
  • Sabrina Yates, English
  • Marisol Zarate, Sociology
  • Alex Zimmerman, Materials Science and Engineering

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.

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  • BCSC & VPGE Distinguished Scholar Award for the Black Community Services Center: Luke Williams, Modern Thought & Literature
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for El Centro Chicano y Latino: David González, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for El Centro Chicano y Latino: Luz Minerva Jiménez Ruvalcaba, Modern Thought & Literature
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Native American Cultural Center: Tanner Allread, Law and History
  • VPGE Academic Achievement Award for the Stanford Queer Student Resources: C Dundes, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
  • VPGE Graduate Feminist Scholar Award for the Women’s Community Center: Stephanie Bachas-Daunert, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • VPGE Graduate Scholar Award for The Markaz: Resource Center: Zainab Hosseini, Developmental and Psychological Sciences
  • VPGE Research Teaching Award for the Asian American Activities Center: Laura Ng, 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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  • Parastoo Abtahi, Computer Science
  • Jeremy Binagia, Chemical Engineering
  • Matthew Clarke, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Janka Deli, Law
  • Mine Su Erturk, Business
  • Amy Fan, Immunology
  • Eva Gonzalez Diaz, Bioengineering
  • Theresa Iker, History
  • Klint Kanopka, Education
  • Nickolas Kokron, Physics
  • Mathilde Lindhart, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Taylor Madigan, Philosophy
  • Suhaila Meera, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Julia Olivieri, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Agathe Pernoud, Economics
  • Zach Perzan, Earth System Science
  • Ramya Rangan, Biophysics
  • Francisca Santana, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Avshalom Schwartz, Political Science
  • Filip Simeski, Mechanical Engineering
  • Mackenzie Simper, Mathematics
  • Ryan Stice-Lusvardi, Management Science and Engineering
  • Catherine Teitz, Classics
  • Kaylee Tuggle Matheny, Education
  • Omar Vasquez Duque, Law

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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  • Kristen Abels, Chemical Engineering
  • Alvina Adimoelja, Genetics
  • Jonathan Altamirano, Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Nancy Ammar, Electrical Engineering
  • Dylan Asmar, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Ashwin Balaji, Biophysics
  • Julianna Bauman, Genetics
  • Max Beeman, Mechanical Engineering
  • Robert Bennett, Electrical Engineering
  • Liam Bethlendy, Political Science
  • Jessica Bullington, Earth System Science
  • Hamish Carr Delgado, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dayanne Carvalho, Chemistry
  • Siddharth Chandak, Electrical Engineering
  • Catherine Chen, Communication
  • Elizabeth Chen, Electrical Engineering
  • Bradley Collicott, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Alina Cook, Chemistry
  • Brandon D'Agostino, Electrical Engineering
  • Trisha Datta, Computer Science
  • Izumi de los Rios Kobara, Immunology
  • Cyan DeVeaux, Communication
  • Alexandra DiGiacomo, Biology
  • Varun Biren Dolia, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Oscar Donosa, Cancer Biology
  • Moussa Doumbouya, Computer Science
  • Geneva Ecola, Electrical Engineering
  • Lukas Fiechtner, Management Science and Engineering
  • Kristen Frombach, Cancer Biology
  • Daniela Ganelin, Education
  • Willian Goudinho Viana, Biology
  • Ibrahim Gulluk, Electrical Engineering
  • Hannah Heigold, Bioengineering
  • Alexander Heyer, Chemistry
  • Marlena Hinkle, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Peter Holderrieth, Computer Science
  • Riley Juenemann, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Prateek Kalakuntla, Developmental Biology
  • Eunyoung Kim, Mechanical Engineering
  • Shreya Kishore, Chemistry
  • Anna Kochnev Goldstein, Electrical Engineering
  • Viktor Krapivin, Applied Physics
  • Ziv Lautman, Bioengineering
  • Hansol Lee, Education
  • Eva Lestant, Economics
  • Sherry Li, Chemistry
  • Zhihan Li, Mathematics
  • Betty Liu, Bioengineering
  • Hong Liu, Computer Science
  • Jingjia Liu, Bioengineering
  • Renee Louis, Sociology
  • Wenting Ma, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Erin Macke, Sociology
  • Theodore MacMillan, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Anna Makar-Limanov, Chemistry
  • Lavonna Mark, Neurosciences
  • Olivia Martin, Mechanical Engineering
  • Shaili Mathur, Biology
  • Tamar Matiashvili, Economics
  • Amy McKeown-Green, Chemistry
  • Devin Merrell, Mechanical Engineering
  • Santiago Mille Fragoso, Bioengineering
  • Anahita Nejatfard, Biochemistry
  • Favour Nerrise, Electrical Engineering
  • Sarah Novicoff, Education
  • Madelaine O'Reilly-Brown, Linguistics
  • Alexia Olaizola, Economics
  • Javier Omar, Education
  • Rafael Perez Martinez, Electrical Engineering
  • Adrienne Propp, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Annie Rosen, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Kalee Rozylowicz, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Kimia Saadatian, Psychology
  • Srikant Sagireddy, Chemical Engineering
  • Rebecca Salcedo, Earth System Science
  • Joana Santos, Mechanical Engineering
  • Olivia Saouaf, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Shradha Sapru, Chemistry
  • Ryan Searcy, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Shirley Jennifer Serrano Rojas, Biology
  • Ritvik Sharma, Electrical Engineering
  • Mahlet Shiferaw, Physics
  • Anoosha Pai S, Bioengineering
  • Lauren Simitz, Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • George Sivulka, Electrical Engineering
  • Tess Snyder, Economics
  • Lexy Strom, Biophysics
  • Yixiao (Alvin) Sun, Mechanical Engineering
  • Saman Tabatabaee, Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Siew Ting Melissa Tan, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Lily Turaski, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Tee Udomlumleart, Genetics
  • Carson Valdez, Electrical Engineering
  • Anais Voski, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Brian Vuong, Mechanical Engineering
  • Maggie Wang, Biomedical Informatics
  • Yu-Neng Wang, Electrical Engineering
  • Mitchell Watt, Economics
  • Catherine Weibel, Applied Physics
  • Camille Williams, Chemistry
  • Daria Wonderlick, Biophysics
  • Gage Wright, Chemistry
  • Alina Xiao, Biology
  • Pat Yan, Immunology
  • Steven Yee, Electrical Engineering
  • Chuan Yu, Economics
  • Emi Zeger, Electrical Engineering
  • Daiyao Zhang, Chemical Engineering
  • Fangzhao Zhang, Electrical Engineering
  • Eris Zhang, Computer Science
  • Tinger Zhu, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Alex Zimmerman, Materials Science and Engineering

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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  • Ishita Ahmed, Education
  • Carlos Alvarado Acosta, Bio-X SIGF, Structural Biology
  • Folasade Ayoola, Energy Resources Engineering
  • Manish Ayushman, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Hancheng Cao, Computer Science
  • Tamara Chan, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Neurosciences
  • Je Rui Chang, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Kiran Chawla, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Sofie de Olazarra, Bio-X SIGF, Electrical Engineering
  • Haotian Du, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry
  • Amit Haim, Law
  • Yuan Jia, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry
  • Kristjan Eerik Kaseniit, Bio-X SIGF, Bioengineering
  • Dan Kluger, Statistics
  • Oluwafikunwa Oluwapamilerinay Kolawole, Bio-X SIGF, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jiayi Li, Chemistry
  • Veronica Li, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry
  • Yiping Lu, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Elea McLaughlin, Music
  • Amr Mohamed, Bio-X SIGF, Computer Science
  • Ryan Moore, Communication
  • Aditya Mukund, Bio-X SIGF, Biophysics
  • Tara Murty, SIGF affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Biophysics
  • Kyrstyn Ong, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Umit Ozturk, Classics
  • Ryan Penney, Anthropology
  • Christine Pu, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Isabelle Rao, Management Science and Engineering
  • Meghan Shea, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • Preeti Vani Srinivasan, Business
  • Christina Toenshoff, Political Science
  • Jan Gerrit Voelkel, Sociology
  • Yixiu Zhao, SIGF affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Applied Physics