Reinventing Graduate Education

Graduate fellowships and leadership programs expanded; new facilities encourage interdisciplinary learning

Patricia Gumport is vice provost for graduate education.

Patricia Gumport is vice provost for graduate education.

Stanford continued to expand fellowship programs in 2009 under the aegis of the Reinventing Graduate Education initiative, ensuring that Stanford would remain at the forefront of advanced education worldwide.

More than 550 students from 47 fields of study across all seven schools were being supported in three university-wide, multiyear fellowship programs: the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF) program, the Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) program and the Stanford Graduate Fellowships (SGF) program.

Stanford also continues to invest in programs that strengthen doctoral education across the disciplines.  For instance, the office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Hume Writing Center collaborated to support graduate students completing their dissertations. Programs to help graduate students develop leadership skills have enrolled hundreds. The "On Leadership" series debuted in 2009 with lectures by President John Hennessy, Trustee Miriam Rivera, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry.

In 2009, the five-building Munger Graduate Residence was opened, featuring 358 residential apartments for 600 law and graduate students. In October, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. dedicated the William H. Rehnquist Courtyard, located at the center of the Munger residences. With its towering palm trees and bas-relief of the former chief justice, a Stanford alumnus, the namesake courtyard is the centerpiece of the Law School’s new complex.

That part of campus will be further enhanced in 2010 with the new William H. Neukom Academic Building. The building will house the Mills Legal Clinic, the umbrella for 10 clinics that give students experience in criminal defense and prosecution, cyberlaw, environmental law, immigrant’s rights, international human rights, organizations and transactions, community law, Supreme Court litigation, and youth and education law.

Graduate education will also be bolstered by the completion of facilities for medicine, engineering and business: