Teaching and Students

University President John Hennessy at lectern, with faculty on stage, at Stanford's 125th Opening Convocation / L.A. Cicero

Convocation: What it means to be part of Stanford

Drawing on inspiration from some of the world's greatest leaders and thinkers, Stanford President John Hennessy urged incoming students to open their minds, expand their horizons and follow their passions during their time at Stanford.    

Young man helping a small boy with his school work. / Photo: Joy Leighton

Stanford launches initiative to strengthen commitment to public service

A new initiative, Cardinal Service, builds on the university's longstanding commitment to public service by elevating and expanding opportunities to weave service more deeply into the distinctive identity and culture of the Stanford student experience.

Orientation volunteers hold signs to welcome new students to campus / L.A. Cicero

Stanford to welcome 1,737 freshmen and transfer students on Tuesday

Stanford's incoming students all have a bit of acclimating to do, which is what the six days of New Student Orientation are all about.

DCI Fellow Kate Jerome walking in Quad arcade / L.A. Cicero

Charting new intellectual, personal pathways at Stanford

The first cohort of fellows in Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute described the program as invigorating, exciting and enriching, and "a real gift."

Letter from President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy to students, faculty and staff announcing launch of OpenXChange initiative

The goal of the year-long initiative is to strengthen the Stanford community through purposeful engagement.

Farouk Dey / L.A. Cicero

BEAM, Stanford Career Education, reflects new focus on connections and meaningful work

Career educators at BEAM connect with students – undergraduates as well as graduate students – to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journeys.

whooper swans in flight / Gertjan Hooijer/Shutterstock

Stanford engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

By solving how whooper swans keep their heads steady during flapping flight, Stanford engineers have developed a camera suspension system that could allow drones to produce crisper video images.  

Stanford FEED Collaborative

Stanford FEED Collaborative applies design thinking to food system

Sustainability promoted from local farms through distributors to consumers.

display of the three books in the summer reading program / L.A. Cicero

Resilience is the theme of Stanford's summer reading program for incoming students

Members of the Class of 2019 are reading books selected by President John Hennessy. The Three Books program serves as an intellectual springboard for freshmen and transfer students.

Swinging pendulum

Stanford research shows how to improve students' critical thinking about scientific evidence

Physicists at Stanford and the University of British Columbia have found that encouraging students to repeatedly make decisions about data collected during introductory lab courses improves their critical thinking skills.

Nicole Sunahara

Stanford prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary

The university community will be invited to celebrate Stanford's 125th anniversary beginning this fall. Nicole Sunahara, who heads the 125th anniversary office, invites campus departments and programs to collaborate on the upcoming celebrations.

4 students who received energy innovation grants

Student teams win grants to commercialize Stanford energy inventions

Building on the success of its first year, the Innovation Transfer Program at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy is financially supporting 11 new teams comprised mostly of Stanford students and recent graduates trying to put university research to work.

Student demonstrating robot's skills/ Photo: Kurt Hickman

Robo pingpong: Stanford students design, 'teach' robots to play

After learning new software and programming languages, Stanford students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have an opportunity to choose a creative task and design a robot to perform the task for demonstration.  

Noel Coward play

Stanford Repertory Theater presents the wide range of Noël Coward

Summer is the season for SRT's annual festival devoted to a single artist, but Coward may very well count as several.

Golden and Firestone medals /  Courtesy Undergraduate Advising and Research

Graduating seniors awarded 2015 Firestone and Golden medals, Kennedy Thesis Prize

Graduating seniors recently received the 2015 Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Arts, and the David M. Kennedy Honors Thesis Prize for their undergraduate capstone projects.