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AMO Student Seminar (PizzAMO)

Participating Department(s): Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics
Keyword(s): Physics, Optics
Contact: Ronen Kroeze,

PizzAMO is a biweekly lunchtime seminar series for graduate students and post-docs interested in learning more about topics in the field of atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics.

ASEE's Breakfast Chats (ABC's)

Participating Department(s): Aeronautics & Astronautics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Earth System Science, Earth Systems Program, Education, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Management Science & Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Statistics
Keyword(s): Education, Community, Networking
Contact: Stacey Huang,

ABC's are a forum where both aspiring and experienced educators engage in rich discussion with diverse perspectives about effective pedagogy -- from metacognition to diversity in the classroom. Graduate students gain role models and a supportive network to become stellar educators in academia or beyond. Talks are monthly, with speakers from industry and academia. There's also an off-cycle journal club for deeper dives into key topics.

BIOE Student Seminar Series

Participating Department(s): Bioengineering
Keyword(s): Bioengineering, Seminar, Communication
Contact: Sarah Lensch,

The BIOE monthly Student Seminar Series gives graduate students an opportunity to practice presenting their research in a friendly, low-stakes setting and receive constructive feedback from their peers. Students develop science communication skills, foster new collaborative projects, and build community both as students and as researchers.

Black Studies Theory and Research Group

Participating Department(s): Anthropology, Communication, Comparative Literature, Education, English, History, Law, Linguistics, Modern Thought and Literature, Music, Sociology, Theater and Performance Studies
Keyword(s): Black Studies, Theory, Interdisciplinary
Contact: Umniya Najaer,

This research group seeks to remedy Stanford’s scarcity around graduate level Black Studies curriculum and training by fostering an intellectually rigorous community of graduate students working in the field. BSTRG enables a dynamic and interdisciplinary engagement with Black Theory, Black Feminist Theory, and Black Queer Scholarship from the Caribbean, African continent, and the Western Black world. Participants meet for bi-weekly reading group discussions, with invited scholars on the vanguard of Black Studies sharing and discussing their work.

Build a Cell Forum

Participating Department(s): Bioengineering, Biology, Biophysics, Computer Science, Genetics, Law, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Philosophy
Keyword(s): Synthetic Biology, Bioengineering
Contact: Anton Jackson-Smith,

Build a Cell is an international open-source project to build synthetic living cells from scratch ( Success requires close collaboration and sharing across many fields, and everyone is welcome to contribute. This is Stanford's piece of the larger cell-building effort. A forum comprising: internet-linked biweekly meetings hosted at Stanford to present flash talks, build skills, share results and works in progress, discuss relevant science, technology, and humanity, and build the community of cell-builders, scientists and engineers.

Case Interview Preparation Course

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Professional Development, Consulting, Workshop
Contact: Naser El-Dehaibi,

This is a 10-week long course to help students from all graduate fields prepare for management consulting case interviews. The weekly sessions focus on a variety of skill development topics and include a portion of instruction by graduate students from the ADC (Advanced Degree Consulting) Club and a portion where students get one-on-one practice with each other. Graduate students learn how to build problem-solving frameworks and communicate the problem-solving process, skills that can be used for any application.

Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Action Committee (ChemE GSAC)

Participating Department(s): Chemical Engineering
Keyword(s): Mentoring, Community Building, Professional Development
Contact: McKenzie Hubert,

The Action Committee sponsors and coordinates a variety of events, including new student orientation, qualifying exam preparation, faculty luncheons for first-year students, student-selected faculty speaker series, Convocation featuring student speakers, career development workshops, academic milestone celebrations, and much more. ChemE GSAC gives students a voice and provides critical resources for the ChemE graduate experience, from first-year advisor selection all the way up through thesis defense.

Climate Land Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics Seminar Series (CLAOD)

Participating Department(s): Earth System Science, Geological Sciences
Keyword(s): Climate, Sustainability, Environment
Contact: Amina Ly,

CLAOD (Climate Land Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics) provides a space for graduate students to connect and collaborate with others from the Stanford community and beyond. Through regular seminars, students hear from speakers in the discipline and present their own seminar-length talks. CLAOD also organizes small-group directed discussions about relevant topics in the discipline and an annual research symposium. CLAOD provides a sustainable (carbon-neutral) foundation for the growing climate dynamics community.

Condensed Matter Physics Journal Club

Participating Department(s): Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics
Keyword(s): Journal club
Contact: Varun Harbola,

This journal club fosters intellectual collaboration and encourages conversation between members of different groups within the diverse condensed matter physics field. At meetings, participants have informal focused discussions in a hybrid seminar-group discussion format, led by that session's speaker. Club meetings are usually held over lunch (provided).

Culture and Conflict Discussion Group

Participating Department(s): Art & Art History, Communication, International Policy Studies, Modern Thought and Literature, Music, Political Science, Public Policy, Theater and Performance Studies
Keyword(s): Conflict, Arts, Media
Contact: Wren Elhai,

This monthly discussion group is for Stanford students who want to learn about using cultural tools (media and the arts) to resolve or prevent international and interethnic conflict. Each meeting centers a particular intervention or conflict. Members can present materials like recordings of cultural performances, news articles, or academic publications, and artists and conflict resolution experts will be invited to participate.

East Asian Studies Intellectual Community

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): East Asian Studies
Contact: David Hazard,

This intellectual community aims to connect graduate students from across campus studying East Asia, broadly defined. EASIC provides opportunities for students to meet, share interests, and collaborate through organized reading groups, workshops, and film screenings.

English Department Pedagogy Working Group

Participating Department(s): English
Keyword(s): English, Teaching, Pedagogy
Contact: Matt Warner,

The English Department Pedagogy Working Group responds to graduate student demand for increased TA training, deeper engagement with pedagogical principles and a stronger sense of community among those who TA courses in the English department (primarily but not exclusively graduate students in the English program). The workshop has a secondary goal: the gathering of data about the strengths and weaknesses of current pedagogical training, as well as the experiences and best practices of current TAs, so as to develop a set of proposals for pedagogical training reform for the department as a whole.

EPIC Education Forum

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Education Equity, Interdisciplinary Academic Exchange
Contact: Yanxuan Li,

EPIC, Education Practitioners and Innovators of China, aims to create a cross-border platform for the next generation of education change-makers in China from the Stanford Community by connecting resources and education innovation from China and Silicon Valley. EPIC engages Stanford faculty, students and scholars across departments in reflecting on US-China educational problems critically, and exploring solutions creatively and collaboratively through its forum. 

Goggles Optional Podcast

Participating Department(s): Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Earth System Science, Electrical Engineering, Genetics, Geological Sciences, Immunology, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology & Immunology, Neurosciences, Physics, Radiology, Structural Biology
Keyword(s): Podcast, Science Communication
Contact: Nicole Ferraro,

Goggles Optional is a weekly podcast where Stanford scientists explore and discuss recent scientific discoveries. Our hosts invite listeners to explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and straightforward explanations. We hope to cultivate excitement for science and increase public understanding across STEM disciplines. Anyone with an interest in science is welcome to listen - no formal scientific education is necessary, so the goggles are optional! Our team writes, performs, produces, and edits our 30-minute show each week and it's available on several podcast platforms and played on KSZU radio.

Graduate Mathematics Outreach Organization

Participating Department(s): Mathematics
Keyword(s): Mentorship, Mathematics, Research
Contact: Weston Ungemach,

The Mathematics Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate student mentors one-on-one to meet weekly as they read an agreed-upon mathematical text over the course of a quarter. At the end of the quarter, the undergraduate participants meet for a colloquium and each give short talks about what they learned. The goal is to build connections between the undergraduate and graduate student communities by helping students engage in substantive mathematical projects together, and to facilitate the transfer of mathematical cultural capital to our undergraduate participants.

Humanities People Who "Do" Education

Participating Department(s): African Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian Studies, Education, English, French and Italian, German Studies, History, Iberian & Latin American Cultures, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, Sociology, Theater and Performance Studies
Keyword(s): Humanities, Theory, History
Contact: Daniel Scott Smith,

Humanities People Who "Do" Education offers a space to convene and regular time to engage with important topics and cutting-edge humanities research in the field of education. The group aims to: host an international conference on interdisciplinary topics in the history of education, including histories and theories of the present; regularly workshop student works in progress; and engage with preeminent humanists in education through an invited speaker series - all in the service of nurturing and sustaining humanistic inquiry in the field of education.

International Community-based Health and Development (ICHD) student group

Participating Department(s): Civil & Environmental Engineering, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine
Keyword(s): Community, Health, International
Contact: Jenna Forsyth,

ICHD convenes students who want to apply community-based approaches to addressing issues of international health and development for positive social impact. ICHD has three objectives: to enable outside experts and students to share community-based research and project implementation skills (with a focus on challenges in international work); to promote interdisciplinary collaboration related to community based research in international settings in order to apply these skills; and to facilitate networking between students with similar interests from diverse backgrounds who may not otherwise meet each other across campus.

Language, Equity, and Educational Policy (LEEP) Student Group

Participating Department(s): Education
Keyword(s): Language, Policy, Equity
Contact: Jennifer Altavilla,

LEEP's mission is to facilitate dialogue between students and faculty at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) who study the intersection of language, diversity, equity, and/or educational policy, while connecting GSE students to scholars from related disciplines (e.g., Sociology, Linguistics, and Psychology) whose research is related to language.

Latin America Working Group

Participating Department(s): Anthropology, Art & Art History, Comparative Literature, Education, History, Iberian & Latin American Cultures, Latin American Studies, Law, Modern Thought and Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Stanford Global Studies
Keyword(s): Latin America, Critical Theory, Interdisciplinary
Contact: Adela Zhang,

The Latin America Working Group offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and bilingual space for Stanford graduate students to discuss research and critical theory related to and originating in Latin America. Engaging multiple forms of knowledge that emerge from and about Latin America, the working group’s format enables students to share research-in-progress, workshop papers and dissertation topics, and keep abreast of the latest in news and theories about the region with major scholars at Stanford and beyond.

Learning Assessment Measurement and Analytics at Stanford (LAMAS)

Participating Department(s): Education
Keyword(s): Assessment, Measurement, Analytics
Contact: Paulina Biernacki,

LAMAS explores theoretical and applied topics in educational assessment, measurement, evaluation, and analytics. While measures, such as tests, are increasingly ubiquitous in research and practice, the use of such imperfect tools can perpetuate societal inequalities. Through workshops, faculty lectures, student-only gatherings, and outreach to students across disciplines, LAMAS fosters a community of scholars who can leverage interdisciplinary expertise to improve approaches used in educational/psychological measurement and related fields. We explore intersections with adjoining disciplines to provide a forum for students to critically consider the tools they are using in their research.

MASALA: Music, Arts, and Sciences: Advancing our Lives in Academia

Participating Department(s): Music
Keyword(s): Music, Arts, Technology
Contact: Gabriel Ellis,

MASALA offers events intended to foster collaboration, discussion, and academic exploration across disciplinary boundaries in Stanford’s graduate music community, including a weekly colloquium series, a biweekly journal club, a listening club, and a day-long symposium that brings together performers, composers, and scholars from the Stanford community and elsewhere.

Meeting of Astrophysics Students at Stanford (MASS)

Participating Department(s): Physics
Keyword(s): Seminar, Astrophysics, Journal club
Contact: Nickolas Kokron,

MASS is a students-only seminar series and journal club within the Physics department and the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) focused on astrophysics and cosmology. Students from all physics disciplines are encouraged to attend. The main objective is to provide a comfortable, stress-free setting in which graduate students can practice presenting and discuss current papers amongst themselves, without added pressure due to the presence of faculty.

Networking Outreach Meals for Science (NOMS)

Participating Department(s): Applied Physics, Physics
Keyword(s): Outreach
Contact: Ben Garber,

NOMS convenes various sectors of the scientific community to interact in an informal environment for idea-exchange and advice. The focus is bringing together scientists and engineers at different stages in their careers and creating a forum where those early in their career can network with those in later stages. 

NeuWrite West

Participating Department(s): Bioengineering, Biology, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurobiology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Neurosciences, Neurosurgery, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology
Keyword(s): Science Writing, Science Communication, Podcast
Contact: Isabel Low,

NeuWrite-West is a community of scientist-writers striving to make neuroscience accessible to anyone curious about the brain, and to convey science as a process of discovery. Monthly workshops teach students and post-docs how to communicate their science to a non-expert audience, allow sharing and critiquing of one another's writing, and support publishing to the NeuWrite West blog and beyond. Workshops often feature local writing professionals who discuss their craft, as well.

Psychological Interventions in Educational Settings (PIES)

Participating Department(s): Education, Psychology
Keyword(s): Psychology, Education, Interventions
Contact: Camilla Griffiths,

Psychological Interventions in Educational Settings (PIES) aims to bring together graduate students from a variety of departments to collaborate and discuss research on psychological interventions that take place in educational contexts. Meetings provide opportunities for graduate students to learn about recent and impactful research in general psychology, educational psychology, classroom instruction, and teacher education. The group invites relevant faculty and researchers from Stanford and other institutions to present on their work and discuss how particular disciplines can inform educational intervention research, while also providing opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to gain skills relevant to intervention research.

Science and Technology Studies Film Club

Participating Department(s): Communication, Modern Thought and Literature
Keyword(s): Science and Technology Studies, Science Fiction, Film
Contact: Sanna Ali,

The STS Film Club arranges monthly screenings and discussions of films that deal substantively with issues of science and technology, with a focus on science fiction. Science fiction encourages societies to think critically about science and technology but also inspires us to think imaginatively about other possible futures for the world. Now more than ever, it is important to build out critical discussions of science and technology, and this club creates a space for graduate students to reflect and bring these issues back into their academic work.

Science Policy Bites

Participating Department(s): Aeronautics & Astronautics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Communication, Comparative Medicine, Computational Geosciences, Computer Science, Developmental Biology, Earth System Science, Earth Systems Program, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Energy Resources Engineering, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Genetics, Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Health Research & Policy, Immunology, Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, International Policy Studies, Law, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurobiology, Neurosciences, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Structural Biology
Keyword(s): Policy, Advocacy
Contact: Jessica Ribado,

Science Policy Bites improves nonpartisan science policy engagement through:

  • A Seminar series with government, industry, and academic scientists who work on science policy and non-scientists who leverage and implement science in order to affect change
  • Professional development events to build science advocacy skills
  • Joint social events with other Bay Area science policy groups (currently UC Berkeley and UCSF)
  • Student organized visits to Sacramento to meet with state legislators

Science Teaching through Art (STAR)

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Science Outreach, Visual Design, Interactive Workshop
Contact: Xingyi Shi,

The Science Teaching through Art (STAR) program teaches Stanford researchers how to use storytelling, art, and design principles to communicate their work to a general audience. Through a series of interactive workshops, participants design, create, and present effective visual aids to a variety of local audiences.

Scientists Speak Up

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Science Communication, Climate Change, Community Outreach
Contact: Kameron Rodrigues,

Scientists Speak Up seeks to empower the science community to communicate effectively to anyone about politically-charged science, focusing on climate change because it affects all science fields. Workshops review interdisciplinary climate science, solutions, and a versatile, highly effective interpersonal communication method. In meetings participants share successes and challenges for applying workshop material, discuss strategies to practice communication with diverse audiences, and discuss research relevant to climate change and its interdisciplinary, personal impact on our lives.

So, What Are You Working On? SWAYWO Conference at the GSE

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Conference, Education
Contact: Rosa Chavez,

This annual conference at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) convenes students, faculty, alumni and others from the GSE in the sharing of research, passions, projects, and assignments. SWAYWO is run by students and provides a space to showcase current student work and build connections within the GSE as well as with the larger Stanford community. Any Stanford student, postdoc, staff member, or alumnus whose work is related to education is invited to present their research or degree-related work, at any stage of the process, within a collegial and supportive environment.

Social Computing & Interactive Ai Lab (SoCIAL)

Participating Department(s): Communication
Keyword(s): Networking, Social Sciences, Technology
Contact: Katherine Roehrick,

SoCIAL assembles academic and industry researchers to discuss trends in social computing and AI. Speakers come from diverse academic and industry backgrounds, and attendees include a mix of students, staff, and faculty from STEM and the Humanities. SoCIAL offers a welcoming space where researchers discover new ideas through networking and rich discussion during monthly seminars and informal talks over dinner.

Sociology and Education Network (SAEN)

Participating Department(s): Education, Sociology
Keyword(s): Interdisciplinary, Workshop, Collaboration
Contact: Sonia Giebel,

SAEN is an interdisciplinary community of sociologists and education scholars at Stanford who meet bi-weekly to workshop research, talk about relevant issues in the field, and foster interdisciplinary networking and professional development.

Stanford Ancient DNA Network

Participating Department(s): Anthropology, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Classics, Computer Science, Genetics
Keyword(s): Paleogenomics, Ancient DNA, Genetics
Contact: Hannah Moots,

The Stanford Ancient DNA Network brings together graduate, undergraduate, faculty and post-doctoral scholars from across campus each month to discuss topics across the field of paleogenomics. Meetings alternate between a journal article reading/discussion group and a casual forum to share and solicit feedback on ongoing research. Topics include advances in ancient DNA laboratory protocols, computational and interpretive techniques, specific research projects, ethics and responsible research practices, and community engagement. 

Stanford Artificial Intelligence & Law Society (SAILS) Lecture Series

Participating Department(s): Business, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Medicine, Symbolic Systems
Keyword(s): Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Law
Contact: Zach Harned,

SAILS aims to educate the Stanford community about the intersection of law and the latest developments in artificial intelligence. Additionally, it aims to be at the center of this topic for the broader world, compiling the latest research and events in one accessible place. Lunchtime speaking engagements feature prominent figures in the AI and Law field, while participants also produce education materials (such as short explanatory videos), and discuss the role of law in cutting edge technology.

Stanford Automation and Philosophy of Experiments

Participating Department(s): Anthropology, Computer Science, Earth System Science, Economics, Genetics, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Physics
Keyword(s): Automation, Philosophy, Science
Contact: Nasa Sinnott-Armstrong,

The Stanford Automation and Philosophy of Experiments group is a forum for students, postdocs, technicians/research assistants, and faculty to discuss fundamental practical and ethical questions regarding the ongoing and increasing automation of research experiments. As devices are increasingly critical in the collection, processing, and dissemination of research materials, some critical questions are raised. Our organization connects individuals across the university who can think about the practical implications of this work.

Stanford Biotechnology Group (SBG)

Participating Department(s): Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Business, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Comparative Medicine, Computer Science, Dermatology, Developmental Biology, Economics, Genetics, Immunology, Management Science & Engineering, Medical Scientist Training Program, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Structural Biology
Keyword(s): Biotechnology, Business, Healthcare
Contact: Amita Gupta,

The Stanford Biotechnology Group (SBG) is an organization run by and for Stanford life science graduate students, business students, and medical students who are interested in exploring careers in biotechnology business, management and investing. SBG facilitates opportunities for experiential education, hosts invited speakers, and provides relevant online content to allow members to survey the biotechnology landscape and prepare for careers in these fields. Annual events include career and summer internship panels, biotech landscape discussions, biotech company site visits, Startup Happy Hours, and more. SBG also teaches the popular INDE239 “Valuation of Public Companies in the Life Sciences” course.

Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT)

Participating Department(s): Classics
Theater, Ancient Drama, Outreach
Contact: Kevin Ennis,

Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT), a student initiative in the Classics department, adapts and performs works of ancient drama. Participants select a play for adaptation in Autumn, translate the play on a group retreat, and take on roles in the cast and crew in Winter and Spring. The combination of open casting and public performance fosters intra-departmental discussion, inter-departmental collaboration, and public engagement with Classics.

Stanford Department of Biology Surf 'n' Turf Symposium

Participating Department(s): Biology
Keyword(s): Interdisciplinary, Symposium, Research
Contact: William Oestreich,

The Surf 'n' Turf Symposium bridges the gap between the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey ("surf") and the main Stanford campus (“turf”), offering an exciting space for new science collaborations. Through lightning talks, posters, and workshops, communication is encouraged across the department’s two main specialties: Cell, Molecular, and Organismal Biology, and Ecology and Evolution.

Stanford Entrepreneurship Project

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Entrepreneurship, Networking, Startup Communities
Contact: Capella Kerst,

The Stanford Entrepreneurship Project fosters innovation and entrepreneurship within the graduate student community through weekly topical discussion meetings, discussion dinners, and coffee round tables with successful entrepreneurs. Participants are guided in how to found successful startups and given opportunities to network with people from external Silicon Valley institutions. 

Stanford Environmental and Behavior Group (SEB)

Participating Department(s): Business, Education, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Keyword(s): Environment, Behavior
Contact: Samantha Sekar,

The Stanford Environment and Behavior (SEB) Student Group facilitates learning, collaboration, and networking across disciplines among future leaders in environmental behavior research. It both provides interdisciplinary forums and organized events that bring students and scholars together and acts as a hub for information, resources, and contacts relevant to students and scholars with interests in environment and behavior topics. SEB aspires to increase awareness of current trends and research, provide an organized outlet for integrating knowledge and skills across disciplines, and spark collaboration.

Stanford Higher Education Exchange of Research (SHEER)

Participating Department(s): Anthropology, Business, Economics, Education, Political Science, Sociology
Keyword(s): Higher Education, Research Exchange, Workshop
Contact: Gabriela Gavrila,

SHEER offers students from different academic disciplines a place to develop and share ideas regarding the theories and functions of higher education. The monthly research workshop serves as a forum for burgeoning scholars to present works in progress and get feedback from knowledgeable peers. The gathering also creates a network of colleagues for interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange of career advice.

Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics Student Journal Club

Participating Department(s): Physics
Keyword(s): Physics, Theoretical Physics, Seminar
Contact: Saarik Kalia,

The SITP student journal club provides a weekly space for students to discuss, learn about, and practice giving talks on various topics within theoretical physics. It is student-only and beginner-friendly.

Stanford Interdisciplinary Working Group in Literary and Visual Culture

Participating Department(s): African Studies, Anthropology, Art & Art History, Classics, Communication, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, East Asian Studies, English, French and Italian, German Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Latin American Studies, Modern Thought and Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Slavic Languages and Literature, Theater and Performance Studies
Keyword(s): Interdisciplinary, Humanities, Workshop
Contact: Rachel Heise Bolten,

This working group convenes humanities students from across departments to discuss literature, theory, art, and visual culture in regular workshops.

Stanford Materials Research Society

Participating Department(s): Materials Science and Engineering
Keyword(s): Community Building, Networking, Professional Development
Contact: Dante Zakhidov,

Stanford MRS, the student group representing the Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE), encourages holistic intellectual development through mentoring, professional development, opportunities to showcase research through different lenses, networking activities, facetime with professors, and the chance for students to think about research in terms of artistic as well as scientific impact.

Stanford Partnership for International Education and Development

Participating Department(s): African Studies, Anthropology, Business, East Asian Studies, Education, Health Research & Policy, Iberian & Latin American Cultures, Latin American Studies, Medicine, Sociology
Keyword(s): International Education Development, Comparative Education
Contact: Seungah S. Lee,

This project convenes individuals from across campus interested in issues of international education and development. Participants exchange ideas and engage in conversation with faculty, researchers, and practitioners in the field through dinners, guest presentations, student research presentations, and a Spring research colloquium.

Stanford Polymer Collective

Participating Department(s): Aeronautics & Astronautics, Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biophysics, Chemical and Systems Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy Resources Engineering, Immunology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Physics, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Keyword(s): Polymer, Interdisciplinary, Research
Contact: Joseph Louis Mann,

Focused on Stanford's macromolecular research community, SPC offers a forum where scholars can build connections, develop professionally, and excel in a research environment. Regular events include invited speakers, lunch and learns, industry tours, K-12 science outreach, and an annual poster symposium.

Stanford Prison Education Project (SPEP)

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Education, Service, Growth
Contact: Sophie Allen,

The Stanford Prison Education Project (SPEP) provides educational services to incarcerated individuals at two local jails: San Francisco County Jail #5 in San Bruno and Maple St. Correctional Facility in San Mateo, offering graduate students across the university an opportunity to develop and co-teach interdisciplinary seminars in those settings.

Stanford University Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Participating Department(s): Political Science
Keyword(s): Political Theory, Philosophy, Conference
Contact: Avshalom Schwartz,

This conference offers an opportunity for students interested in normative political theory to present their work; receive feedback from the Stanford community of scholars; practice key skills like selecting abstracts, providing commentary, and organizing logistics for a conference; and connect with scholars in other departments, both within the university and at other institutions.

STATS: Student Talks in Applied and Theoretical Statistics

Participating Department(s): Statistics
Keyword(s): Statistics, Presentation Skills, Networking
Contact: Maxime Cauchois,

STATS is a full-weekend student conference for students to present their academic work, learn about the work of their peers, and receive feedback in a friendly, welcoming setting.

Student Projects Accelerating and Reshaping Knowledge (SPARK): A Stanford Native American Graduate Student Sponsored Research Forum

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Multidisciplinary, Academic, Research
Contact: Mark Berger,

SPARK seeks to share student research spanning all schools and careers, while providing feedback to presenters through interactive 5-minute question sessions and a confidential 5-question evaluation form that, when submitted, will earn presentation attendees and evaluators entrance to a raffle. ALL STANFORD STUDENTS ARE WELCOME AND INVITED to present and/or attend!

The Animal Studies Working Group

Participating Department(s): All
Keyword(s): Animals, Nature, Ecology
Contact: Aaron Hopes,

This working group offers a platform for transdisciplinary inquiry in the field of Animal Studies via a regular reading and discussion group, invited speaker presentations, and opportunities to workshop drafts of a dissertation chapter, article, or conference paper.

The Dish on Science

Participating Department(s): Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Earth System Science, Earth Systems Program, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurobiology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Neurosciences, Physics, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Structural Biology
Keyword(s): Science communication, Outreach
Contact: Samantha Piekos,

The Dish on Science is a graduate student-led group that uses blogging, social media, and podcasts to make STEM topics fun and accessible to the general public. Members meet regularly, attend workshops, and write and peer-review articles that are posted on the website. The group reaches people outside of the traditional K-12 education system.

The Graduate Workshop in Science, Technology, and Society

Participating Department(s): All, Anthropology, Communication, History, Modern Thought and Literature, Sociology
Keyword(s): Social Science, Technology, Nature
Contact: Misha Bykowski,

This workshop offers a platform for graduate students studying “Science, Technology, and Society” (STS), an interdisciplinary pursuit. The workshop hosts speakers from across and off-campus, holds reading groups, and workshops dissertation chapters. From a humanistic, and social scientific perspective, it engages with problems spanning the management of scientific networks to ethics and biomedicine to ecology and conservation, as well as other themes that catalogue the current techno-scientific experience.