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Research spotlight: Rayan Sud

Physics major Rayan Sud ‘21 traveled to southern France to conduct research at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a nuclear fusion megaproject, through a grant offered by the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  ITER is a collaboration between 35 countries to build the world’s largest tokamak, an experimental device designed to prove the viability of fusion as a carbon-free source of energy.

Student spotlight: Pierce Lowary

Pierce Lowary is studying computer science (planning an individually-designed major in cyber and international security) and minoring in global studies, with a specialization in Iranian studies. Below, he reflects on his meaningful internship experience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C.

Student spotlight: Emily Katz

Emily Katz graduated in June with a B.A. in political science and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies and a focus on women’s and human rights issues.

She chose to study these topics because “I felt as though Africa was a neglected region in political science, and women's rights have always been an issue that is important to me personally.”

Student spotlight: Maame Akua Kome-Mensah

Maame Akua Kome-Mensah graduated this year with a B.S. in symbolic systems and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies.

For her minor capstone project, she traveled to Africa to learn about the publication of young adult fiction in Ghana. “I learned so much by hanging out with talented and talkative writers and influencers in Accra,” she said. “The young writers I met are writing in a plethora of languages and through different media so their stories can reach anyone who is interested in hearing what they have to say.”

Student spotlight: Peace Edem

“As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I had never gotten the opportunity to engage in academic study that is related to my experience and the experiences of my family, so it was nice to finally get the opportunity to do so at Stanford,” says Peace Edem, who graduates this June with a B.S. in human biology, with a concentration in global health policy, and a minor in global studies, with a specialization in African studies.

Student spotlight: Lotta Relander

Lotta Relander, whose research interests include state-building and conflict resolution in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, graduates this June with a master’s degree in African studies.

Lotta’s favorite class at Stanford was State-Building and the Rule of Law, which explores the multidisciplinary nature of development and asks how lawyers can contribute to the process.  Taught by Erik Jensen, professor of the practice of law, the seminar gave her a solid foundation for subsequent research.

Student spotlight: Olivia Mason

“The Center for East Asian Studies has helped me build my understanding of China and East Asia, improve my language proficiency, and situate my knowledge in a global context,” said Olivia Mason, who graduates this year with a master’s degree in East Asian studies, with a focus on Chinese media culture and history.


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