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Undergraduate Peer Mentors

The Undergraduate Peer Mentors are here to help answer your questions and help integrate you into the Classics community.

Peer mentors serve as a link to several aspects of the classics major by:

  • Coordinating events for current and prospective classics majors and minors
  • Organizing informational sessions
  • Explaining how they got into the major and their specific track; and discussing courses they've taken
  • Promoting interactions between Classics faculty and undergraduate students

If you have questions about how to declare or want advice on how to approach faculty, contact one of our peer mentors!

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Natalie Francis - Major, Greek & Latin

Natalie Francis (she/her) is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in Classics (Greek and Latin) and English (Interdisciplinary Studies in Classical Worlds). She is fascinated by how the visual arts, musical performance cultures, and literary texts mediate the modern reception of myths (Ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic). In her honors thesis, Natalie is reading the critically acclaimed romance webtoon Lore Olympus (2018-present) as an artistically ambitious project encompassing the Early Greek Hexameter Poetry (EGHP) corpus; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; fairytales; and a modern feminist oeuvre. Natalie is a Hume Undergraduate Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Financial Officer/Graphic Designer for Aisthesis, the Stanford Undergraduate Classics Journal and Financial Officer for the Stanford Light Opera Company (SLOCo). In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading Christian philology, running around campus, and being with family and friends. 

Talk to me about: Aisthesis; the BOSP Oxford program; Greek and Latin placement; Structured Liberal Education (SLE); Undergraduate Research Opportunities (Stanford Archaeology Center, Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, etc.)

Email Natalie at natfran@stanford.edu

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Jordan John Lee - Major, Classical Studies


Salvēte, amīcī! My name is Jordan John Lee, but you can call me Jordan! I am currently a senior from Southern California in the San Gabriel Valley, double majoring in Biology (General) and Classics (Classical Studies), and I just matriculated into the coterminal master’s program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research with a concentration in infectious diseases. Interested in scientific communication and disease ecology and epidemiology, I am working on an honors thesis in the Classics department, focused on plague narratives and how they shape human reactions to disasters. I also helped organize Stanford’s first certamen invitational before the pandemic! Beyond Stanford, I am the secretary for the National Senior Classical League and a former president for the California Senior Classical League, organizations dedicated to keeping the flame of Classics alive and well. Outside the Classics sphere, I am an RA in one of the best dorms on campus (Arroyo), a desk editor for the Sports section of The Stanford Daily, and a Chemistry tutor through the Center for Teaching and Learning. I am a proud first-generation, low-income Filipino-American who has been involved in the Classics for over a third of my life. After my time at Stanford, I hope to attend medical school and pursue a career in the operating room, sports medicine, or public health sector. If you have any questions about being pre-med and a humanities major, how to get started on an honors thesis, or just want to chat, feel free to contact me!
 
Email Jordan at jjslee22@stanford.edu

 

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Michaela Phan - Major, Greek & Latin

Michaela Phan (she/her) is a junior from Irvine, CA majoring in Classics on the Ancient Greek and Latin track. On campus, Michaela is involved in the Classics Community as a Managing Editor of Aisthesis, Stanford’s Undergraduate Classics Journal, and as the Secretary of the California Senior Classical League (CASCL). She is also involved in student government as an ASSU Undergraduate Senator and the pre-law community as the Mentorship Committee Chair of Stanford Women in Law (SWIL). Feel free to contact Michaela through email (mkphan@stanford.edu) to talk about being pre-law, the Classics community, or anything else!

Email Michaela at mkphan@stanford.edu


Get Involved with Classics

Aisthesis

The Stanford Undergraduate Journal of Classical Studies (Aisthesis) is published annually and distributed to over 100 universities. Authors must be current undergraduates or graduates who were enrolled in the previous academic year. Submissions are open to authors from any university and can be sent to aisthesis.stanford@gmail.comA committee of Stanford Classics students select the entries and edit the journal.

Research and Activities

Classics undergraduates can participate in overseas archaeology, digital research projects, Stanford Classics in Theater (SCIT), and more. See our Projects Page to get involved! 

Travel

All Classics undergraduates are eligible to apply for travel funding. In the past, students have received funds for study abroad programs, independent research projects, archaeological digs, Classics conferences, and more. Funding is available for travel in the US and abroad. Learn how to apply on our Travel and Research Grants Page


Affiliated Organizations

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Duke University)

Classics Majors have the opportunity to study abroad in Rome through the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies. ICCS students come from colleges and universities throughout the country. Established in 1965, the "Centro" attracts several Stanford undergrads every year. Application information can be accessed on the ICCS Website

American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Advanced undergraduate students can apply to attend summer sessions of the American School of Classical Studies. ASCSA programs are based in Athens and provide an intensive introduction to ancient Greece through travel and immersion. Summer session applications can be accessed here. For more information on membership and programs, see the ASCSA Website

Archaeological Institute of America

The AIA invites researchers from around the world to Stanford for lectures and workshops throughout the year. In addition to their annual joint conference with the Society for Classical Studies, the AIA provides a databse for fieldwork opportunities, grants and scholarships, and education. Read more on the AIA Home Page

Society for Classical Studies/American Philological Association

Founded as the American Philological Association in 1869, the SCS is the primary association for Classics scholarship in North America. Next year's annual SCS/AIA national conference will be held in San Francisco. Visit the SCS to learn more about Classics organizations, journals, scholarship, employment, and conferences. 

                        

Connect With Classics

Learn more about Classics projects, news, faculty, and alumni by connecting online.

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