When Cooper Galvin came to Stanford in 2014 to earn a PhD in biophysics, he intended to work toward winning a Nobel Prize, or at least curing tuberculosis.
"It hasn't really happened that way," Galvin admitted. Instead, perhaps just as spectacularly, he — along with a group of other Stanford graduate students — has spearheaded the creation of FAST, which stands for Future Advancers of Science and Technology.
It started small, rooted in a conviction that disadvantaged groups shouldn't be underrepresented in STEM fields.
FAST is a 2018-19 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF) Project. The FAST team includes Cooper Galvin, a SPICE funding recipient and DIF funding recipient, Athena Ierokomos, a 2017 Stanford Graduate Fellow, and Derek Huang, a DIF funding recipient.