Current STEM Fellows
With funding from the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, the Stanford Undergraduate STEM Fellows Program cultivates the skills and interest of students who seek to promote diversity (broadly defined) in STEM fields, ideally increasing diversity of the future professoriate. Learn more about the STEM Fellows Program.
2022 Cohort (STEM XI)
Leila (she/her) is a sophomore studying Human Biology with a math minor. In the lab of Dr. Michael Howitt (Microbiology/Immunology), she studies how parasites alter the function of gut epithelial cells. As an aspiring physician-scientist, Leila is interested in immunology, disability studies, pediatric gastroenterology, and disability justice within healthcare settings. Outside of the lab, Leila can be found in the climbing gym, hiking, playing clarinet, or searching for the best chai latte in the Bay Area. Leila currently serves as co-president of Stanford's Climbing Team and is involved with Stanford Outdoor VSO, Out in STEM, and Stanford Women in Mathematics Mentoring.
Jadon Geathers is a student in the Class of 2024 studying mathematics and computer science. His research interests are broad, but he is particularly intrigued by the development of artificial intelligence. Previously, Jadon did research with the Hollberg Lab in the Physics Department, where he leveraged the technology of microelectromechanical systems to improve the fabrication of atomic sensory devices. He will continue to do research with the Stanford University Research Institute in Mathematics. Beyond research, Jadon loves to teach and seeks to enhance the accessibility of knowledge for marginalized students. He currently serves as a lead tutor with Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning and contributes to the future of undergraduate education by serving on the Advisory Board for Stanford Introductory Studies. Additionally, Jadon was a Course Administrator for ESF 13/13A, a tutor with the Stanford University Mathematical Organization, and a section leader for Code in Place. Outside of academics, Jadon is a classical pianist, saxophonist, and linguist.
Kamdin Gutierrez is a non-traditional FLI student studying astrophysics and science communication. Kamdin’s academic interests are broadly in theoretical physics and cosmology, and he is passionate about developing ways to make science more accessible to underserved communities. Kamdin transferred from the College of Southern Idaho where he earned his ALA and received NASA’s Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) scholarship. At Stanford, Kamdin is a Transfer-101 co-lead and a candidate for the Notation in Science Communication. His current research with SLAC focuses on developing improved methods for dark matter detection. Apart from academics, Kamdin enjoys spending time with his 3 children, writing, and cooking.
Ahmad is an undergraduate studying environmental engineering. Although Ahmad doesn't exactly know how yet, he wants to save the world, whether it's through desalination, clean energy, etc. Ahmad's previous research focused on the intersection between biology and ecology with the Dirzo Lab, specifically analyzing the effects of climate change on plant growth and bird health. His first research experience was especially fruitful because it provided well-needed breadth to his environmental knowledge and allowed him to see what he is fighting for! When not learning how to save the planet, you can find Ahmad doing improv with the SImps, acting in different plays, or socializing with people.
Savitha (she/her) is from Seattle, WA and is a sophomore studying computer science. Her research interests lie in artificial intelligence (AI) as well as using computer science/AI to tackle problems in healthcare and biomedicine. Previously, Savitha has worked in computational biology research labs at the Oregon Health and Science University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Beyond research, Savitha is passionate about increasing diversity in computer science and is part of the Stanford Women in Computer Science (WiCS) board. She also leads She Codes Art (www.shecodesart.org) which seeks to empower underrepresented minorities in tech through a unique art-based curriculum. Outside of academics, Savitha is trained in Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam) and is a part of Stanford’s competitive Basmati Raas team. She also loves to sing, chase sunsets, do yoga, and thrift.
Helena Vasconcelos is an undergraduate from South Florida and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She is interested in how humans interact with artificial agents. She is advised by Michael Bernstein in Stanford's Computer Science Department, Tobias Gerstenberg in Stanford's Psychology Department, and Ranjay Krishna in University of Washington's Computer Science Department. Her current research looks at how explanations affect human overreliance on agents in a collaborative setting. She worked on this research during a one-and-a-half yearlong gap-year and is excited to be a Microsoft Research Intern for the summer of 2022. Outside of research, Helena is part of the club equestrian team and enjoys reading, writing poetry, and being in the outdoors.
2021 Cohort (STEM X)
Leslie Espinoza Campomanes is a rising junior majoring in Biomedical computation and minoring in Human Rights. Leslie is very passionate about using computational and technological techniques to solve neuroscience inquiries. This led her to work in Luo Lab since her freshman year in projects from understanding prenatal neuronal circuits to identifying when and how neuronal networks develop as a result of hunger and thirst. One of Leslie’s biggest dreams is to make STEM accessible to minority communities. She founded ALEUP, an NGO that seeks to empower Latin American vulnerable communities through education and leadership programs. She has also been working as a Program Development Associate in the CTL IDEAL Pedagogy team at Stanford.
Ethan Foster is an undergraduate interested in the use of computer science to aid in the study of biological and chemical processes. He is working as a member of the Cui Lab at Stanford Chemistry on the Nano-Bio Interface team. His current research focuses on the use of AI to predict the shape of action potentials in cardiomyocytes. At Stanford, he is a part of the Men’s Swimming and Diving team, and he is planning to major in Computer Science with a focus in Bio-Computation.
Amaris Lewis is an undergraduate student and 2021 McKnight Pecot Fellow studying biology and medical anthropology at Stanford University. In the Laboratory of Organismal Biology (led by Prof. Lauren O’Connell), she studies the neural circuitry underlying social decision-making in an amphibian model. As an aspiring physician-scientist, her research interests span behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, epigenetics, and mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases. Outside of the lab, she is a peer counselor at the SHPRC, advises first-generation high school students as a Matriculate Advising Fellow, and is on the executive team of Stanford Planned Parenthood Generation Action.
Briana Martin-Villa is an undergraduate majoring in Bioengineering. She is interested in biomaterials and their application in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. At Stanford, Briana does research at the Heilshorn Lab, engineering a matrix for the culture of human intestinal organoids and studying regeneration post-radiation. Apart from research, she is passionate about elevating and empowering community voices in conversations centered on biotechnology, identity, and culture. She currently co-leads BioJam, a program in the Greater Bay Area that engages youth from underserved communities to explore bioengineering and biodesign through their own culture and creativity.
Brianny Martinez (she/her) is a B.S. candidate in the Civil Engineering department. She is passionate about sustainability and its application in the construction industry. As a LEED® Green Associate, she has extensive knowledge in green building practices. She is interested in research that involves the development of sustainable building materials and in studying the impact of building design on human well-being. This summer, she completed an internship with Shimmick Construction.
Emily Snell is an undergraduate in the department of Geological Sciences. Her research interests focus on the intersection of seismology and geochemistry at active volcanic centers. Current projects are aimed at the Pavlof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands to produce reliable methods of eruption prediction and, more broadly, thermodynamic modeling of basaltic systems. Emily plans a career in research and academia within the field of geochemical volcanology.
2020 Cohort (STEM IX)
Vivian Auduong studies electrical engineering and computer science and is interested in simulation, robotics, and immersive media (VR/AR/XR). At Stanford, she has been involved in StanfordXR initiatives, served as an ESW international project team lead, and participated in the archaeology department's field school program at Chavín de Huántar. She has interned with NASA and Facebook AI, and will be representing the USA as a Youth Ambassador at EXPO 2020. As a FLI student, she is grateful for the support and encouragement of the VPUE STEM Fellows program.
Serena is a junior (formerly class of '22, now class of '22.67) majoring in physics and minoring in math and African and African American studies. She is broadly interested in understanding what physics we can extrapolate from studying living systems, as well as how we can use physics principles to model biological systems. Her previous research has included modelling polymer-gel systems, using machine learning to predict the structure of protein-protein complexes, and computational drug discovery. She is currently working with Asst. Professor Ben Good to develop an analytic model of how environmental heterogeneity influences the diversity of bacterial populations. She is invested in improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in physics, and has served as a PUWMAS officer, a counselor and co-organizer of the SPINWIP program, and a co-instructor for the seminar class Physics 94SI: Diverse Perspectives in Physics.
Rebecca Pattichis is a B.S.H. candidate in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence with minors in Dance and Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Her academic research interests center Natural Language Processing, a field in AI that is meant to help computers model and understand language. More broadly, she is interested in employing ethical AI to elevate the needs of historically marginalized communities and narratives. In the past, she has interned with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab to analyze ICE immigration data, and is currently interning at Raheem, a non-profit organization meant to provide alternatives to police.
Antonio (he/him) is a first-generation, low-income (FLI) undergraduate majoring in Bioengineering at Stanford University and currently researches in the Engreitz Laboratory in the Department of Genetics. Antonio aims to create a regulatory map of the human genome by understanding the complex rules that govern gene regulation. He is particularly interested in linking non-coding risk variants to their underlying functions and disease mechanisms at single-cell resolution. Prior to joining the Engreitz Lab, he worked to enhance CRISPR-Cas12a multi-gene regulation in the Qi Lab with Dr. Jens Magnusson. He is extremely passionate about helping to elevate other underrepresented scientists, including FLI, ethnic, and queer minorities. Outside the lab, Antonio loves to write and consume fiction, play the trombone, and visit beaches.
Angela is a senior majoring in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Chemistry. She previously worked on white-light emitting perovskites in the Karunadasa Lab where she discovered her passion for research in the green energy space. Angela interned at a lithium metal battery startup and continued her research in batteries in the Chueh Lab. Her current research is exploring additives for lithium-ion batteries and their effect on SEI formation using different formation protocols.