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Course Associates

The Human Biology Course Associates (CA's) can be found in Room 21H and 21K of the Human Biology Building (Bldg. 20, Main Quad). If you'd like to talk a CA, you can send an e-mail or find them after class. 
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Welcome to the HumBio Core! I am so looking forward to getting to know you all! For me, the Core was such a formative and enriching experience during my time at Stanford. My concentration was Community Health in Underserved Populations, but the flexibility of the HumBio major allowed me to take courses in everything from genomics to global public health. I am a huge fan of the Human Biology Core because it emphasizes that science is not only a body of knowledge, but also a practice, with specific tenets on how to learn more about life. During my time at Stanford, I served as a live-in counselor at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, volunteered at Arbor Free Clinic, and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile! After graduating from Stanford, I spent a year living in England pursuing a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Outside of academics, I love to run, read, and meditate! I can’t wait to meet you all and help you get the most out of this incredible sequence of classes!

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Hi HumBio! Welcome to the Core! The Core was one of my favorite academic experiences at Stanford because it introduced me to a broad range of topics and taught me how important the connections between those topics are. As a HumBio major, I loved being able to explore my different areas of interest all within one major. My concentration was in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society. I am very interested in exploring the ethical dilemmas that new neuroscience technologies create and developing mechanisms for solving these dilemmas. During my undergrad, I wrote an honors thesis on diagnosing ADHD using a new neuroimaging tool, conducted research in a psychiatry lab (which started through HB-REX!), spent a quarter at Stanford in Washington and interned at the National Institutes of Health in the Neuroethics division, led SPOT twice, and co-captained Stanford Women’s Varsity Squash team. During my free time, I love reading, listening to podcasts, and spending lots of time outdoors. I’m so excited to get to know you all and to help you learn more about what you’re passionate about through the Core and beyond!

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Hi everyone, and welcome to the HumBio Core! I am so excited to work with all of you this year! The Core was one of my favorite academic experiences at Stanford because it introduced me to all of the topics that I am passionate about – women’s health, child development, and the complexities of the human brain. I am looking forward to helping you all identify your passions in the Core as well, so feel free to come talk to me in office hours about your interests and ideas! During my time as an undergrad, I danced with the Stanford Bhangra Team and the Stanford Dollies, I coached gymnastics for 4-6 year olds, and I was a TA for Psych 1 and the Human Physiology Laboratory class. In addition, I conducted research on fetal brain development, worked as a HumBio Student Advisor, and volunteered with Science in Service. In my free time, I love dancing, trying new food, and skyping with my miniature schnauzer, Bentley Jarvis. I can’t wait to meet all of you! 

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Welcome to HumBio! I’m looking forward to getting the chance to work with you all this year. The Core was one of my most important experiences at Stanford, and it shaped not only my academic path, but it also gave me an amazing community in HumBio. After taking the Core I chose to concentrate in Global Public Health and had the opportunity to study disparities in health in our country and abroad. Outside of class, I pursued this passion by volunteering at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose, going on an alternative spring break trip in central California, and spending a summer in Oaxaca, Mexico. On campus I also loved working at the Bridge and as a HumBio Student Advisor, where I got to meet so many fantastic people. In my free time I like cooking, eating (!), and getting outside. I’m excited for all of you to start on your HumBio path, and can’t wait to get to know you better! 

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Welcome to the Human Biology Core! I arrived in the HumBio Core winter quarter of sophomore year after exploring many different interests. I liked neuroscience, and wanted to study the brain through biological, psychological, philosophical and computational lenses. With the flexibility and breadth of the major, I was able - encouraged even - to design a concentration in Cognitive Science, while also studying other topics that interested me like global health, health policy and cancer epidemiology. What I love about HumBio is that the program truly supports the diversity of your perspectives and interests related to biology and its greater context. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with your interests, while learning about a range of other topics that will help provide you with a well-rounded picture of human health. Outside of HumBio, some of my favorite experiences in college included singing with the Stanford Harmonics, working at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center, serving as a PHE in Otero, and conducting psychology research on decision-making. I also love playing the guitar, playing chess and running. I can’t wait to get to know you all and look forward to an exciting year of learning with you!

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Welcome to the Human Biology Core! I am so excited that I get to accompany you on this amazing academic journey. The HumBio core was an eye-opening experience for me as a sophomore because it led to my fascination with the intersection of social inequality and child development, and as a HumBio major I was able to design a concentration called Sociocultural Determinants of Child Development. Being a Human Biology major allowed me to see that to solve social problems, we must approach them from multiple disciplines. Outside of HumBio, I was a member of Counterpoint A Cappella for all four years; I also studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, served as an RA in Larkin, and spent my senior year living in Synergy, a cooperative living community on campus. In my free time I love going on long hikes, reading great books, and laughing with family and friends. I can't wait to meet all of you and watch you discover your own academic passions through the HumBio Core!

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Welcome to HumBio! I majored in Biology but fell in love with Human Biology after learning how flexible, interdisciplinary, and relevant the coursework is. The core, your introduction to HumBio, will expose you to interesting and diverse topics that will help you discover your passions. After the core, you have the unique opportunity to design a concentration filled with classes and instructors that excite you most. This major draws students with diverse interests and experiences which is one reason I’m so excited to help you learn and grow as you go through the core. As an undergraduate, I played on the Ultimate Frisbee team, staffed in Roble and Xanadu, volunteered at the hospital, interned in China, and worked with the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program. In my free time, I enjoy reading, making playlists, and exercising in whatever forms. I’m so excited to work with all of you!

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Welcome to the HumBio Core! I am incredibly excited for you all to experience the core this year. Get ready to dive into a wide range of topics that range from genetics to health policy. For me, the core was a time of exploration and it helped me gain a better understanding of what my passions were. With a newfound interest in infectious diseases after the core and my previous interest in public health, I decided to concentrate in Global Health and Infectious Diseases. My courses on viruses, parasites, and public health made me realize that one needs public health interventions in order to contain outbreaks. This interest eventually led me to intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva where I was able to see firsthand how public health experts divert resources to countries. Outside of HumBio, I volunteered at Arbor as a Spanish Interpreter, was an RA in Crothers, participated in the Leland Scholars Program (3rd generation), Community Health in Oaxaca program and Volunteers in Latin America (VILA), and mentored underrepresented students through the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP). If you ever have any questions regarding HumBio, being first-generation and/or low-income, or navigating Stanford, please find me at office hours!