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2018 SIGF Fellows

The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) is a competitive University-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research.

AJ Alvero

Naidu Family Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Graduate School of Education

When technological advances reach educational systems, the result is oftentimes more student assessment. For example, new methods and research in natural language processing are often experienced by students in the form of automated essay scoring...

Jay Bhasin

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow (Anonymous Donor), SIGF Affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Bioengineering

Humans make highly complex, precisely timed movements, requiring fine control of many muscles and joints. As an example, to return a serve in tennis, it is necessary to predict where the ball will go in order to determine how to hit it. But...

Anjali Bhatt

Anjali Bhatt

Yu-Ly Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Graduate School of Business

Under what conditions do organizations enable and sustain cultural diversity and change? And when does such diversity foster multiculturalism and innovation versus social division and polarization? I seek to make headway on these questions by...

Elliot K. Canfield-Dafilou

David L. Sze and Kathleen Donohue Interdisciplinary Fellow, Music

The systems that allow us to experience the auditory world in three spatial dimensions are extraordinarily complex. Humans possess a remarkable ability for identifying the distance, location, and size of a sound source with high accuracy, and...

Shi-An Chen

Morgridge Family SIGF Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Biology

The recent explosion of precision medicine based on genotype and mutations has enabled personalized treatment of diseases. However, how environmental factors influence the outcome of such treatments is not clear. Current methods for genetic...

Corleone S. Delaveris

David L. Sze and Kathleen Donohue Interdisciplinary Fellow, SIGF Affiliated with Stanford ChEM-H, Chemistry

Why doesn’t your immune system kill tumors? In short, the immune system tries to respond by sending cells to kill the tumor, but the tumor cells suppress your immune cells through a number of mechanisms. We are trying to reactivate these...

Kyle Disselkoen

Satre Family Fellow, Chemistry

Scientists can transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a waste product that is harming the environment, into valuable chemicals by the process of electrochemical CO2 reduction. The long-term goal is to implement this process on an industrial scale. We...

Anna Elleman

Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Fellow, Bio-X SIGF, Chemistry

Approximately 8% of adults worldwide are afflicted with chronic neuropathic pain (NP), a condition characterized by widespread pain and neuronal hyperexcitability. My project explores how the subcellular distribution of voltage-gated sodium...

Grace Erny

Gold Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Classics

While economic inequality has become one of the most pressing social issues of our time, it also has a long history in human societies. Major efforts are now underway to expand the empirical basis for studying inequality by considering...

Benjamin Franta

Leslie Parker Hume Graduate Fellow, History

Scientists warned the federal government about fossil fuels and global warming in the 1960s. So why have we made such little progress in halting the growing threat? My research answers this question and offers solutions for making progress in...