Peer Academic Coach
Jen (she/her) is a 1st year PhD student, EDGE Fellow, and ChEM-H CBI Sarafan Fellow in the Chemistry department. Jen is a Bay Area native, where she was born and raised in Brisbane, California and received her B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley alongside a minor in Creative Writing. Jen enjoys the capacity for both technical and creative thought within chemistry, and wants all of the questions she asks in her research to be driven by therapeutic impact. In her PhD at Stanford, Jen is interested in developing novel chemical tools and platforms that reimagine the role of chemistry in biological study; as well as working with her scientific community to continue to make research more accessible for historically marginalized students and scientists.
Also at UC Berkeley, Jen became deeply passionate about teaching and mentorship, especially within academia, and how they are both informed by and in conversation with her identities as a Chinese Filipina student, artist, scientist, and being the first in her family to pursue post graduate education. Finding learning communities to externalize and explore her ideas in science were pivotally transformative and necessary for her ability to succeed and feel actualized within higher education, and Jen believes in the PLC Program’s unique ability to facilitate those spaces for students, as well as explore Stanford’s potential as an institution to re-evaluate and define how best to do education. Jen is eager to learn from her peers, share what she has learned, and work one-on-one with students in their own journeys as a Graduate Learning Consultant here at Stanford.