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Stanford Earth Fund Annual Summary 2017-18

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I want to thank every donor to the Stanford Earth Fund for helping to fuel the educational innovations that make our school unique. Thanks to your generosity, our students enjoy a robust and constantly evolving learning environmentinside and outside of the classroom.

Our students are the beneficiaries of the Stanford Earth Fund.

They are also its inspiration.

Top student recruits come to the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences to study with internationally recognized experts in their fields and to leverage the university’s culture of collaboration to pursue knowledge across disciplines.

Our school is well-known for providing our students with an extra degree of support and opportunity. This rich, dynamic learning environment is supported by the combined annual giving of alumni and friends to the Stanford Earth Fund. Highlighted below are just a few of the opportunities our students enjoyed during the 2017-18 academic year, thanks in part to our generous donors.

Learning by doing—and teaching

Who learns more from summer research: undergraduates or their mentors?

Andea Scott, '20, loves the coursework for her major in energy resources engineering: chemistry, physics, computer science, and courses like Sustainable Energy for Nine Billion. Last spring, she began looking ahead toward graduate school and decided to try her hand at research.  

“After my finals, I flew out to Colorado and hit the ground running,” she says.

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Packing, hacking, and more

In 2017-18, Stanford Earth students enjoyed an abundance of opportunities to explore their interests outside of class—from teaching each other in South Africa to coding big data solutions and exploring the cryosphere.

Sharing science in South Africa

The Stanford Alpine Project (SAP) trip to South Africa provided an opportunity for students to design and lead a summer field excursion for their peers.

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Students attack big challenges with data

BigEarthHacks is a new series of courses and workshops focused on using big data to understand Earth’s processes and challenges. Read more about the two-day kick-off Big Earth Hackathon and the quarter-long Big Earth Water Hackathon.

Understanding Ice

Students and faculty gathered for a campuswide symposium on the role of ice in the behavior, evolution, and stability of the Earth system.

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Outside Chances

Field experience has always been a special feature of a Stanford Earth education and innovative new programs are expanding access and deepening the opportunities for learning.

Teaching in the Field is  a new professional development opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars looking to enhance their expertise in outdoor and experiential education. Armed with cutting-edge pedagogy and best practices for teaching natural sciences in the field, the students further develop their skills as teaching assistants in the school’s growing number of undergraduate field courses.

These include Science Outside, one of three courses in the Know Your Planet series, which introduces undergraduates to field observation, data collection, and analysis by engaging them in a small but robust study of marine life in the intertidal zone at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (left). More about field learning opportunities at Stanford Earth.

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Industry leaders share mapping insights during Stanford GIS Day

GIS, or geographic information system, is a modern mapping tool used by many researchers at Stanford Earth to better understand the planet using big data. Stanford’s 17th annual GIS Day offered students and faculty the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the constantly evolving field.
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Earth Systems Alumni Careers Panel

On the occasion of the groundbreaking program's 25th anniversary, four Earth Systems alumni spoke to students and other alumni about their experiences putting an Earth Systems education into practice. They were Danny Cullenward, '06, MS '07, JD '13, PhD '13, of Near Zero; Bill Faries, '95, MS '97, of Bloomberg News; Jenny McColloch BS '04, MS '05, who works in global sustainability for McDonald's; and Jenny Rempel, '12, of the Community Water Center in Sacramento, CA.
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Nicholas Heinzen

Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations

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