In the Spotlight

Beyond the classroom

Each year about 1,000 Stanford undergraduates work closely with faculty mentors on research ranging from engineering and medicine to the humanities, fine arts and social sciences.

A fresh perspective can change everything

Some of the most important discoveries come not from plowing ahead, but instead from stepping back to gain a fresh perspective, whether that means revisiting old assumptions or seeking a new lens outside one’s academic field.

View from above: Using satellite data to study Earth

California is embarking on an effort to launch its own satellites to study pollutants – an approach many Stanford researchers have taken advantage of to better understand our changing planet.

Is our universe one of many?

This five-part series tells the story of how theoretical physicists at Stanford helped develop the String Theory Landscape – and in the process sparked a fierce and still ongoing debate about what science is and what it should be.

Diving into the medieval world

A group of Stanford humanities professors and their students have been analyzing medieval manuscripts and artifacts to better understand how current societies and cultures developed.

Learning en plein air

At Stanford University, gardens beckon visitors to learn en plein air – about small-scale sustainable farming,  sun-loving desert plants and sculpture.

Learning through sound

The audible world contains vast amounts of information about the world around us. Scholars from across Stanford are exploring this invisible landscape as a research tool and as a way of understanding each other.

What does the future of energy look like?

Stanford experts agree that the world needs to be less reliant on fossil fuels for energy. Getting there will remake the world’s largest economic sector – energy – into one that is more sustainable, secure and affordable for everyone.