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Stanford students take STEM home to Ethiopia

6 students standing outside and pose for a selfie
Image credit: Courtesy Tim Abate
Sep 26 2019
Education, Fellow, Stanford, Students

Loza Tadesse and Iwnetim “Tim” Abate may have left their home country of Ethiopia to pursue engineering studies, but they haven’t forgotten their roots. The Stanford engineering PhD students returned home this past summer to share their expertise with college students and expose them to science research and education.

Tadesse and Abate convened a team of 13 scientists and graduate students from Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, Pepperdine University, the University of Chicago, the University of Akron and the University of Toronto. Together, they traveled to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, to lead a five-day summer school for some of Ethiopia’s most promising undergraduates in STEM fields. The program was organized in partnership with the Ethiopian Physical Society in North America, where Tadesse and Abate are executive committee members.

“Our goal was to motivate college students back home to pursue higher education – Master of Science degrees and PhDs – and research,” Abate said. “Our summer program was focused on teaching them about the current trends in different fields, how to apply to graduate school, how to apply to internships and find research opportunities.”

Loza Tadesse is a 2016 EDGE-STEM Fellow and a 2019 DARE Fellow. Iwnetim “Tim” Abate isa 2016 EDGE-STEM fellow, EDGE mentor, and a 2019 DARE Fellow. Peter Attia, who participated as an instructor, is a 2014 Stanford Graduate Fellow.