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Stories About Discovery

Discovery is the act of learning—and its ultimate goal.

To discover is to ask questions and search for answers. Moments of discovery awaken possibilities, reveal new paths, and inspire solutions. Years of discovery can change the world.

Stanford is home to generations of scholars who are defined not by their disciplinary experience but rather by the problems they seek to solve.

Here, breakthrough discoveries don’t happen by accident—they are the result of creativity, inspiration, and passion combined with cutting-edge technology and a collaborative mindset.

At Stanford, faculty and students make discoveries every day and across every discipline. Whether they work in libraries or labs, their research has the potential to transform our understanding of life and the way we live.

  • Kwami ColemanKwami Coleman
    Musicology PhD student Kwami Coleman is captivated by jazz as both a scholar and an artist. Some of Coleman’s earliest memories are of playing jazz piano, but he says his relationship with music has evolved since that time. He spent… Read more
  • Josh WongJosh Wong
    Josh Wong, ’10, is determined to improve the health of underserved communities around the world. As a Human Biology student at Stanford, Wong’s self-designed concentration was on public health, global infectious diseases, and social justice. Wong says he wanted to… Read more
  • Chase MendenhallChase Mendenhall
    As a doctoral student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program, Mendenhall works closely with professors Gretchen Daily and Paul Ehrlich in the Center for Conservation Biology. His primary interest is understanding the tradeoffs between the conservation of biodiversity and… Read more
  • Allison MasterAllison Master
    Graduate psychology student Allison Master explores what motivates children to choose challenging tasks over easy ones. Master says that students’ beliefs—such as the conviction that intelligence can grow—play an important role in motivation. Her research investigates the origins of these… Read more
  • Martha CyertMartha Cyert
    For biologists like Martha Cyert, baker’s yeast is more than just an ingredient for freshly baked bread. Yeast cells not only share many characteristics with human cells but also are easier to work with in a lab, making them an… Read more
  • Paul WenderPaul Wender
    Like the enzymes that enable chemical reactions, Paul Wender acts as a catalyst at Stanford. As a global leader in the fields of molecular chemistry, designer molecules, and sustainable chemistry, his work stands at the forefront of the molecular revolution. … Read more
  • Brandon WilliamsBrandon Williams
    Biology PhD student Brandon Williams researches the mechanisms that control cell division in bacteria.Williams works with renowned Stanford professor Lucy Shapiro, who pioneered a new field using a single-celled microorganism to study fundamental questions about developmental biology. With the freshwater… Read more
  • Christina CooleyChristina Cooley
    Graduate chemistry student Christina Cooley devotes her time to research in the field of drug delivery. At the Wender Lab, she works primarily on the development of molecular transporters, which attach to drugs that cannot enter a cell or do… Read more

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