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Digging Deeper: How a Few Extra Moments Can Change Lives | Cody Coleman | TEDxStanford

Cody Coleman speaking at TEDx Stanford
May 24 2017
Fellow, Stanford

Today, as a PhD student at Stanford, Coleman looks like someone who must have had everything it takes to succeed. But when he shows us his childhood report cards, introduces us to his mentally ill mother who spent time in prison, and tells us how he had to pay for his own food and allergy medicine while growing up, his story is far from the predictable. My path was not what you’d expect, he tells us. What made the difference for Coleman was a few remarkable people along the way.

Coleman is a first generation student who aims to leverage his passion for computer science to improve education and society as a whole. He is a first year Computer Science PhD student at Stanford University, and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a BS and an ME in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During his M.Eng., Coleman worked with Prof. Isaac Chuang and the Office of Digital Learning on identifying and characterizing subpopulations in MITx and HarvardX courses. .

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Cody Coleman is a 2016 EDGE-STEM Fellow.

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