NSO Academic Planning Sessions

NSO 2015 Academic Planning Sessions

The following academic information sessions offered during New Student Orientation this year are designed to help you choose your first-year courses, plan for academic success, and prepare you for meeting with your advisors. Contact information for this year's faculty and staff presenters are listed below.

Academic Planning Sessions Schedule: September 16, 2:15-5:05 p.m.


Adina Glickman, Director of Learning Strategy Programs, VPTL

Do you know your learning style? Do you want to polish old study habits or learn new techniques? The study skills required for academic success at Stanford may surprise you. This session will teach strategies to ease your transition from high school to Stanford study. 


Choosing Courses in the Arts

Terry Berlier, Assistant Professor, Art and Art History

Heather Hadlock, Associate Professor, Music

Branislav Jakovljevic, Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)

Kay Kostopoulos, Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)

Faculty will offer valuable tips on selecting introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration in the arts, and that prepare you for study in particular majors. 


Stanford Arts

Choosing Courses in Computer Science

Mehran Sahami,  Professor, Computer Science

This session is intended for anyone thinking about taking computer science classes, from those with no background to those who are considering the major. Faculty will discuss areas of this discipline and at what level it would be appropriate for you to begin coursework. 

Department of Computer Science

Choosing Courses in Engineering

Brad Osgood, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Engineering; and Professor, Electrical Engineering

Faculty will discuss the notably wide breadth of fields encompassed in the School of Engineering. Learn about the foundational and introductory courses that will guide exploration of your interest and the possibilities in engineering. 

Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs


Choosing Courses in Foreign Language

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Director, Language Center

Allison Kopp, Student Services Officer, Language Center

John Klopacz, Lecturer, Classics

Faculty will discuss practical questions and the deep resources Stanford offers for foreign language study and describe the key role language study will play in opening avenues for your many interests in programs including literary and area cultural studies, international relations, and overseas study. 

Language Center

Department of Classics

Bing Overseas Studies Program

Choosing Courses in the Humanities

James Campbell, Professor, History

Giovanna Ceserani, Associate Professor, Classics

Alexander Nemerov, Professor, Art and Art History

Blakey Vermeule, Professor, English

Faculty will offer valuable tips on selecting introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration in the humanities, and that prepare you for study in particular majors. 


Choosing Courses in Mathematics

Brian Conrad, Professor, Mathematics

Vadim Khayms, Senior Lecturer, Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Chiara Sabatti, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Research,  (by courtesy) Statistics

Faculty from Mathematics, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, and Statistics will describe preparation for study in any of the majors that have these courses as foundations, and will recommend different starting points and sequences available for students based on their backgrounds. 

Department of Mathematics: Math Placement

Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Department of Statistics

Choosing Courses in the Natural Sciences

Sara Cina, Undergraduate Program Director for the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Rick Pam, Lecturer, Physics

Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry

Michael Simon, Professor, Biology

Faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and Physics will describe preparation for study in any of the majors that have these courses as foundations. Learn about where you should begin in each of these course sequences given your background. 

School of Humanities & Sciences: Natural Sciences

School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Choosing Courses for Pre-Med

Patricia Lewis, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising and Research

Katie Wang, Director of Upper-Division Advising and Pre-Professional Programs, Undergraduate Advising and Research

Kathy Wright, Associate Director, Undergraduate Advising and Research

This presentation is intended as a guide to help you in assessing your interests in the health professions and will include details on course selection and other criteria necessary to prepare for a career in the health fields. To schedule an individual appointment with a premedical advisor, contact Undergraduate Advising and Research. You may also subscribe to the 2019-pre-med@lists.stanford.edu email list for related information and opportunities.

Undergraduate Advising and Research

Choosing Courses in the Social Sciences

Justin Grimmer, Associate Professor, Political Science

Mark Tendall, Lecturer, Economics

Jeanne Tsai, Associate Professor, Psychology

Faculty will offer valuable tips on selecting introductory or gateway courses that open doors to further exploration in different social science disciplines and that prepare you for study in particular majors.

School of Humanities & Sciences: Social Sciences


Brian Thomas, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising and Reseach

Vivenne Fong, Research Programs Director, Undergraduate Advising and Research

Original scholarship in a wide range of disciplines can be an integral part of your undergraduate experience. Come get inspired by the range of project possibilities in research, the arts, and senior synthesis. Learn some key steps in getting started and think about the timeline that might make the most sense for you. 


Thinking Matters, PWR, and Intro Sem Classes

Adam Banks, Faculty Director, PWR

Russell Berman, Faculty Director, Thinking Matters and Introductory Seminars

Marvin Diogenes, Associate Vice Provost and Co-Director,  Stanford Introductory Studies

Christine Alfano, Associate Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Joyce Moser, Associate Director, Stanford Introductory Studies

Parna Sengupta, Associate Director, Thinking Matters

Faculty directors and staff will answer your questions about strategies for achieving your goals in Intro Sems, Thinking Matters, and PWR. The session will also highlight the role of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking in your undergraduate education. 

Thinking Matters

Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Introductory Seminars

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking