Hey, HumBio! My name is Francesca, and I’m a senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. When I stumbled into the HumBio Core as a sophomore linguistics major hoping to knock out a science requirement, I wasn’t expecting to find my intellectual home at Stanford. To my surprise, I quickly found myself falling in love with the HumBio department’s flexibility, interdisciplinary nature, and commitment to helping its students grow and thrive. My HumBio concentration is “Social Determinants of Population Health,” which has allowed me to both develop my longtime interest in social policy and push my intellectual boundaries with coursework in physiology, psychology, and public health. As an SA, I’m looking forward to helping you find your place in this welcoming, fascinating community!
HumBio has pushed me to grow as a student, scholar, and steward of human well-being. I’ve worked as a research assistant in two on-campus developmental psychology labs, and I am also in the process of conducting honors research on the parenting styles of formerly incarcerated women. Please feel free to ask me about getting involved in research on campus - it’s been one of the most rewarding parts of my Stanford experience! Outside my HumBio major, I am pursuing minors in East Asian Studies and Italian. I help run a conversation group for Mandarin speakers and an academic forum for China-focused dialogue, work as a VPTL tutor for the HumBio core, co-teach a criminal law course for local youth in the juvenile justice system, and intern at a social services center for formerly incarcerated people. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time in San Jose, supporting on-campus theater, salsa dancing, and scouring Google Flights for cheap airfare to faraway places. Come chat with me - I’m looking forward to meeting you and navigating the complex, fascinating journey of studying HumBio (or being a Stanford student in general!) together.