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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!


Natalie Francis - Major, Greek & Latin

Natalie Francis is a junior from the SF Bay Area majoring in Classics (Greek & Latin) and English (Interdisciplinary studies in Classical Worlds) and minoring in Music. Her research interests include eco- and ethno-musicology, women in antiquity; Greco-Roman mythopoetics and modern classical reception in prose, poetry and media (music, theater, film, etc.). Natalie is a Structured Liberal Education (SLE) tutor and the Financial Officer/Graphic Designer/Staff Reader for the Stanford Classics Journal Aisthesis. Her passion for the performing arts led her to become an Arts & Life staff writer at the Stanford Daily (Vol 255-7) as well as assistant music-direct and produce Stanford theater productions and musical performances (November 2018 - present). In her free time, Natalie enjoys listening to Hadestown; running and spending time with her Golden Retriever, family and friends. 


To schedule a virtual advising meeting, please visit her Calendly


Will Shao - Major, Greek & Latin

Will Shao is a senior from New York majoring in Classics on the Greek and Latin track, and minoring in International Relations and Modern Languages. One of the most fascinating topics for him within the context of the ancient world is the classical reception of Greek tragedy, both with regards to modern adaptations of these texts and to the enduring significance of their values and ideas. He is currently working on a senior thesis that builds upon the latter through exploring the role of prophecy and prophets in Greek tragedy as a means of understanding the importance and challenges around information interpretation and influence. Will is a Hume Undergraduate Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Centre this year, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Classics Journal Aisthesis. Furthermore, his passion for technology policy has led him to become both a research assistant at the Cyber Policy Centre and the co-founder of The GovTech Network. In his free time, Will pursues his love for music, surfing, and sailing. 



Get Involved with Classics


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. To learn more about the upcoming Volume IX (Spring 2021), please contact the Aisthesis Editor-in-Chief Will Shao at 

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! 


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.

Alumni Page