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  • Bill Lane Center for the American West

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  • Bing Nursery School

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    Located on campus, Bing School was originally established to promote research in developmental psychology. From the time the school was built, emphasis has been placed on providing children the opportunity to learn social skills and enhance their cognitive abilities by exploring the natural environment and interacting with each other under the guidance of skilled teachers. Today, the Bing School provides top quality early education to approximately 400 children between the ages of two and five. Learn More »

  • Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society

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    Through research, teaching, and engagement, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society is committed to bringing ethical reflection to bear on social problems. The center is driven by the idea that major global issues—poverty, environmental sustainability, peace and security—are not only political and technological in nature but also moral. The center’s interdisciplinary initiatives draw on the strengths of Stanford’s faculty.

    In addition to housing the undergraduate honors Program in Ethics in Society, the center also runs a range of activities including a postdoctoral fellows program, lectures, conferences, workshops, curriculum development, and community partnerships.
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  • Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)

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  • Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA)

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  • Center for Latin American Studies

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  • Center for Molecular Analysis and Design (CMAD)

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    The Center for Molecular Analysis and Design (CMAD) is a new resource for graduate students and postdocs to collaborate within the Stanford chemistry department. The center supports collaborative research by awarding fellowships to graduate students and postdocs whose work spans the interests of multiple chemistry labs.

    CMAD also conducts bimonthly colloquia at which students associated with the center report on their current research and receive feedback from faculty.
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  • Confucius Institute

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    Stanford’s Confucius Institute is dedicated to research on and the teaching of Chinese language, literature, and culture. Administered by the Department of East Asian Studies, the new institute houses a reference library on China and will soon present lectures and workshops open to the public. It also awards fellowships each year to up to three graduate students enrolled in Stanford’s Chinese program. Chinese is now the second most popular foreign language on campus.

    The Confucius Institute is a partnership between Stanford, Peking University—one of China’s top research universities—and Hanban, a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China.
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  • Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies

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    The Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies (IPS) is a multidisciplinary master’s program dedicated to the study and analysis of the international system. Its goal is to provide students with in-depth exposure to a range of topics relevant in the 21st century, and to develop a foundation of skills and knowledge to address such issues.

    IPS allows students to focus on the international economic system, societies in transition, the rule of law and global justice, world health, negotiation and conflict management, security issues, and energy and the world environment.
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  • Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)

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  • Haas Center for Public Service

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  • Hopkins Marine Station

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  • Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS)

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    The Institute for Research in the Social Sciences trains researchers in advanced and innovative research methods, pursues interdisciplinary inquiry, and communicates findings that address significant global challenges. IRiSS provides a collaborative platform for the departments of Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, and Stanford’s graduate schools.

    The institute encompasses groups such as the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (CPI). It provides core support for research projects such as the American National Election Studies (ANES) and hosts secure facilities such as the Stanford branch of the Northern California Census Research Data Center.
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  • Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

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  • Kavli Institute for Particle Physics and Cosmology (KIPAC)

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    Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Physics and Cosmology (KIPAC) seek solutions to some of today’s most interesting and challenging problems in astrophysics and cosmology. KIPAC’s mission is to bridge theoretical and experimental physics communities and bring their combined strengths to bear on these questions. Learn More »

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute

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  • Mathematics Research Center (MRC)

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    Since its founding in 1999, the Mathematics Research Center (MRC) has helped transform Stanford into one of the world’s leading hubs for math research. The MRC provides opportunities for collaboration among Stanford students and faculty. It also engages rising stars and internationally renowned mathematicians on major research initiatives in pure and applied math.

    The center hosts conferences, workshops, and seminars to advance specific research areas and introduce young mathematicians to cutting-edge work in the field. In addition, the MRC sponsors educational and outreach activities for undergraduates and local high school students.
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  • Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research

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    Founded in 1974, the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford is one of the nation’s oldest organizations devoted to the study of gender. The institute collaborates with interdisciplinary groups of scholars and activists to set a broad agenda for research on topics related to gender. Faculty, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows work together on projects and convene regularly for discussions and workshops.

    The institute publishes and disseminates its findings to engage communities and effect change nationally and internationally. The institute’s Gender News service, for example, features the latest research from Stanford.
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  • Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies

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    The Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies is a research unit within the School of Humanities and Sciences. The objective of the Institute is to lead the interdisciplinary study of population growth and its effects on social structures, national economies, resource availability, and the environment throughout the world. The three major facets to this endeavor — research, education, and contribution to the formation of policy — overlap in the major programs of the Institute. These programs include:

    International exchange. The visiting fellows’ program brings scholars to Stanford from developed and less-developed countries to study population, environment, resource management, and sustainable development.

    Student support. Through the grants and training program, the institute helps sponsor research projects by Stanford students, usually in fieldwork that contributes to their dissertations and to the study of population problems (e.g., on-site study of population growth as a factor in the destruction of the tropical forests of Latin America).

    Education. The annual Winter Colloquium, which is available for course credit, presents a range of lectures designed to highlight the significance of an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on the physical, natural, medical, and social sciences. Learn More »

  • Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

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    The Program in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Stanford teaches students to examine the sciences, medicine and technology from myriad perspectives, conceptual, historical and social. The program's community of scholars includes core faculty and students from the history and philosophy departments as well as affiliated members in classics, anthropology, English, political science, communication, and other disciplines.

    Together, they draw upon the multiple methods of their disciplines to study the development, functioning, applications and social and cultural engagements of the sciences. Learn More »

  • Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (RICSRE)

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    As the research arm of Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, RICSRE sponsors fellowship programs, research groups, and a range of events and conferences. The institute strives to expand the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines by approaching topics of race, ethnicity, and culture through new questions and methodology.

    RICSRE’s interdisciplinary group of scholars study social issues across time, examine various ethnic and racial groups, and look at issues of race and ethnicity from domestic and global perspectives. The institute encourages a deeper understanding of how race and ethnicity intersect with the social sciences and humanities—as well as with everyday lives.
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  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

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    Since its opening in 1962, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has been helping create the future. Six scientists have been awarded Nobel prizes for work done at SLAC, and more than 1,000 scientific papers are published each year based on research at the lab. As our second half-century unfolds, we’re just getting started. Learn More »

  • Stanford Archaeology Center

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    The Archaeology Center’s goal is to give students a strong foundation in the discipline while fostering diverse and open-minded inquiry. In addition to housing the undergraduate and graduate archaeology programs, the center provides a forum for faculty, students, and postdocs from across campus to work on interdisciplinary projects. Collaborations draw from research in law and earth sciences as well as the humanities and social sciences.

    Opportunities at the center include fieldwork across the globe and lab work in areas such as the analysis of ancient DNA. The Archaeology Center promotes research in the conservation of natural and cultural capital, plus heritage ethics and human rights. It also hosts a program of distinguished scholars and offers workshops and public lectures.
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  • Stanford Arts Institute

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    The Stanford Arts Institute integrates art into Stanford life by hosting artists-in-residence, developing undergraduate arts programs, administering new multidisciplinary graduate programs, awarding grants for arts research and teaching, and fostering collaborative performances and exhibitions.

    Programming is organized around three areas that explore the role of art at Stanford and beyond: The Center for Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), Programming in Arts and Humanities, and Programming in Global Arts. In addition to providing a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue, the Stanford Arts Institute bridges the campus arts community and its off-campus counterparts.
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  • Stanford Global Studies

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    Stanford Global Studies Within the Stanford Global Studies division, 14 programs and international centers provide resources for examining the world through multiple perspectives—economic, political, social, technological, and cultural. Through courses, research, and events in programs such as Islamic, Iranian, and Buddhist studies, scholars engage in a deep comparative analysis of the increasingly interconnected world.

    Undergraduate majors are available in International Relations, and Jewish Studies. Minors are available in those programs, as well as in Latin American Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. ICA also supports five interdisciplinary master’s degree programs: African Studies; East Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and International Policy Studies. Learn More »

  • Stanford in Washington

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    The Stanford in Washington program provides highly-qualified undergraduates with an opportunity to work and study in the nation's capital. In addition to providing students with an understanding of public policy making, the program offers an opportunity to take advantage of the city's unique cultural resources.

    Central in the student's educational experience is a full-time internship. Students serve as interns at institutions such as the Senate, the House of Representatives, the White House, the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian Institution, World Bank, the Kennedy Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn More »

  • Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

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  • Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (SITP)

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    The Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (SITP) supports a community of faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visitors who collaborate on research in high energy and condensed matter physics.

    SITP provides a place for Stanford’s leading physicists and rising scholars to come together, brainstorm ideas, and uncover answers to topics such as quantum gravity, string theory, and cosmology. The world’s top theoretical physicists are also invited to present colloquia, lead workshops, and work with Stanford researchers. Learn More »

  • Stanford Live

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    Stanford Live Stanford Live produces and presents music, theater, dance, spoken word, and multimedia events across the university. With a focus on innovation and risk-taking, the program has emerged as an incubator and destination for new work by artists outside the Stanford community.

    Stanford Live plays a leading and collaborative role in the university’s thriving culture of creativity—one in which the arts mingle with academic disciplines and flourish as a vital part of campus and community. Learn More »

  • Taube Center for Jewish Studies

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  • The Stanford Humanities Center

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    Founded in 1980, the Stanford Humanities Center sponsors advanced research into the historical, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of the human experience. The center's international visitors, fellowships, research workshops, and public events strengthen the intellectual and creative life of the university, foster innovative scholarship and teaching, and enrich the community's understanding of our common humanity.

    As one of the most dynamic humanities centers in the country, the Stanford Humanities Center offers about 25 fellowships every year, supports 15 to 20 year-long research workshops, hosts four to six international visitors, stages numerous public events, and supports collaborative projects.
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