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!

Christian G. Martin - Class of 2023 B.A. Candidate, Classics

Christian Martin is a current Senior from Princeton New Jersey on the Ancient History track. Within Classics, he focuses on ancient Greek political philosophy, writing an honors thesis about ancient conceptions of the Rule of Law. After receiving research funding from the department, Christian was able to travel to Greece this past summer, getting face to face with the sights and artifacts he has studied at Stanford. He capped his time in Greece with a 2-day summit of Mount Olympus. Outside of Classics (and climbing), Christian is passionate about horses (captaining the Stanford men’s polo team) and international development (interning at the World Bank this past summer). After graduating this June, he will move to Lagos, Nigeria and work as a consultant.                 

Email Christian at cgmartin [at] stanford.edu 

 

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 [at] stanford.edu) to talk about being pre-law, the Classics community, or anything else!. 

Email Michaela at mkphan [at] stanford.edu

  

Claire Yu - Class of 2023 B.A. Candidate, Classics

Claire is a junior interested in the intersection of race and gender in classics, with a particular focus on modern reception of ancient texts. She would be happy to answer any questions regarding the department, balancing between multiple fields of study, and providing support in the areas of equity, access and belonging. Outside of Classics, she studies MCS and is a performing artist. 

Email Claire at claireyu [at] 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 [at] gmail.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.