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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!

Lena Cavicchia (she/her)

l5362 [at] stanford.edu (l5362[at]stanford[dot]edu)

I am a senior from Washington, DC. I am majoring in Classics on the Ancient Greek and Latin track and I am currently working on my honors thesis on the reception of Orpheus in modern Bulgarian poetry. Last summer, I spent two weeks in Rome for a spoken Latin program and two weeks in Bulgaria at an archeological field school, which were both amazing experiences that immersed me in the literature and history I have studied here. Outside of school, I tutor elementary to high school students and love playing the piano and being in nature during my free time!

 

Fiona Clunan

fclunan [at] stanford.edu (fclunan[at]stanford[dot]edu)

Fiona is a senior from Virginia Beach, VA majoring in Classics on the Latin track. She is involved in the Classics community as Director of External Outreach for Aisthesis, Stanford’s Undergraduate Classics Journal, and is writing an honors thesis on Roman grand strategy in Armenia. Through Stanford, she has had the opportunity to study Classical reception in Florence, Italy and to visit several ancient sites, including Troy and Ephesus, while studying abroad in Turkey. Outside of Classics, Fiona serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Affairs and is a mentor for students in Structured Liberal Education (SLE). Feel free to contact Fiona with any questions or to set up a time to chat.

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 [at] gmail.com (aisthesis[dot]stanford[at]gmail[dot]com). A 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.