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Past Seed Grant Recipients

2016

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, David M. Gaba, M.D., Jordan Lee Newmark

The United States is currently experiencing a public health crisis with regards to opioid analgesic overdose events and deaths.  Opioid...

Michael Osborne, Miles Traer, Thomas Hayden
Podcasting the Anthropocene is a project-based course that helps students learn about the impacts of climate change through science journalism...
Susie Kimport, George Schaeffer
We propose to develop the tools to identify gaps in the pre-calculus background of incoming Stanford students, to create resources to help them...
Roger Howe, Michael Deal, Mary Tang, MIchelle Rincon, Robert Chen, Usha Raghuram

The Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) is a shared lab serving over 400 researchers working for 75 Stanford faculty, 12 Universities, and 20...

Jo Boaler

Through two online courses titled “How to Learn Math,” one for students and another for teachers and parents, I have shared important evidence...

Thomas S. Mullaney, Henry Lowood, Edith Sheffer, Robert Trujillo, Benjamin Stone, Sarah Sussman

The proposed Faculty College group would bring together members of the History faculty and the Stanford University Libraries and Special...

William Perry, David Holloway

"Living at the Nuclear Brink: Yesterday and Today," is a Stanford course created by Dr. William J. Perry, 19th Secretary of Defense and Professor...

Meghan Summer


Introduction to Linguistics is typically approached as a survey course.  Twenty-five years ago, this made sense.  Since then, ties to the social...

Alistair Aaronson, MD, MHA, FACP, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrel, Erika Schillinger, David Svec MD MBA

Trainees are put into clinical multidisciplinary teams with little knowledge about their non-MD colleagues. Trainees often are not aware of the...

Annette Salmeen, Anshul Kundaje, Avanti Shrikumar, Oana Ursu

Recent progress in high-throughput experimental assays and integrative computational methods that enable the collection and analysis of genome-...

Eavan Boland, Tom Kealey, Christina Ablaza

Faces of Creative Writing will showcase the experiences of undergraduates as they develop their literary skills across key courses, and integrate...

George Hilley

This proposal seeks support to expand the availability of a mobile-device-based experiential learning platform developed as part of a previous...

Mickey Trockel, Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD, Rachel Manber, PhD

This project encompasses the evaluation of feasibility and efficacy of a series of educational videos (RefreshMD) illustrating strategies for...

Phillip M. Harter, MD, Colin Michael Bucks

Background- Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER) was formed after Stanford’s response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake...

Martha Cyert, Deborah M Gordon, Waheeda Khalfan, Hunter Fraser, Christopher Lowe, Mary Beth Mudgett, Tim Stearns

The Biology Department aims to develop and implement a new set of introductory “On Ramp” courses that will actively engage beginning students with...

Carl Wieman, Patricia Burchat, Sean Hartnoll, Monika Schleier-Smith, Sarah Church

Over the past eight years, the Physics Department has introduced active learning, informed by evidence-based physics education research, into all...

John Willinksy, Sam Wineburg, Kamran Naim

Combining course, curriculum and digital technology development, this proposal seeks, first of all, to provide Stanford students with a more...

Alice Miano, Vivian Brates, Citlalli Del Carpio, Kara Sanchez, Irene Carvajal

The Spanish language program’s Cardinal Courses engage with local Spanish-speaking communities through the arts, literature, digital storytelling...

Michael Bernstein, John Mitchell, Ramesh Johari, Andreas Paepcke, Mitchell Stevens, Sorathan (Tum) Chaturapruek

We propose to continue the development of web applications Carta and Carta Admin. Launched at the end of Autumn Quarter 2015-6, Carta is a...

Jo Boaler, Patti Hanlon-Baker, Candace Thille, Sheri D. Sheppard, Carol B. Muller, Anthony Antonio, Joseph Brown, Bruce Clemens, Geoff Cohen, Pam Hinds, Tom Kenny, Jeffrey R. Koseff, Larry Leifer, Hazel Markus

Engineers design solutions with and for people – people who come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, with many different and...

András Vasy, Jacob Fox, Kannan Soundararajan, Jan Vondrak

Stanford mathematics currently offers several course options for first year undergraduate students, all of which are calculus-based. However, with...

2015

Renate Fruchter, Rachel Lotan

Teacher education programs are under attack nationally and internationally. We propose to develop an innovative virtual collaborative environment...

Clayborne Carson, Andrea McEvoy-Spero, Jack Hubbard, Cole S. Manley

Professor Clayborne Carson, the Stanford historian chosen by Coretta Scott King to edit the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., is developing a...

Maya Adam, Charles G. Prober, MD, Paul H. Wise, MD, MPH, Marilyn Winkelby

Community Health Organizations around the world have successfully harnessed the potential for health promotion that results when they engage...

Jennifer Crosby, Tom Wasow, Solomon Hughes, Kenneth Ligda, Susan Stephens, Blakey Vermeule, The Rev. Joanne Sanders, Patti Hanlon-Baker, Morgan Frank, Stephen Sansom

"Sports and the University" will build a digital learning hub to foreground the issues of athletics at the American university for use by Stanford...

Nikita K. Joshi, Kiersten Carter, Derek Sifford, Eric Cioe, Michelle Lin

Medical simulation is integral to graduate and undergraduate medical education through small group and experiential learning, particularly with...

Kenneth Ligda, Roland Greene

This web platform combines pedagogical tools for teaching prosody with a forum for sharing cutting-edge research in the field, and thus...

Jeffrey R. Koseff, Walter Torres

This video series will condense compelling topics in ocean/atmospheric science and fluid mechanics into brief, aesthetic, and clear chalkboard-...

Nicholas Parlante

Create coding-in-a-web-page technology and teaching materials to enable a next generation on-campus CS106A. The project combines a significant...

Candace Thille, Ann Porteus, Ross Strader, Dawn Zimmaro, Kim Larson

 Education200A teaches students to critically read and understand research literature. The students learn statistical concepts, interpret...

Mark Thurbe, Frank Wolak, Trevor Davis, Elena Cryst

To an ever greater degree, market mechanisms are used to achieve key goals of energy and environmental policy, such as ensuring reliable...

George Hilley, Frances Liu

This proposal seeks support to develop and test mobile-device-based experiential instruction.  Online instruction currently requires a learner to...

David Evans, Bill Burnett, Gabriela Lomeli, Kristin Mayer, Kathleen Davies

Five years ago we (Dave Evans and Bill Burnett) combined forces to create Designing Your Life to help launch students into the “real world”. This...

Michael Bernstein, Ramesh Johari

Carta gives students and educators visibility into the long-term learning patterns of their peers. Using a large dataset of student enrollment,...

Amir Eshel, Brian Johnsrud, Mike Widner, Chris Hutchinson, Dennis Zaremski

Creativity animates the objects we study in the humanities. Humanistic inquiry in academia, however, often bypasses creative forms of expression...

2014

Rita Popat, Keith Posley, Kiruthiga Nandagopal, Ram Sundaresh, Kambria H. Evans, M.Ed., M.A., Sylvia Bereknyei Merrel

Critical appraisal is the process of systematically examining a published research study to evaluate its validity. A good understanding of basic...

Michael Bernstein, Ramesh Johari

Faced with overwhelming educational resources at the university and online, students today rely on the advice of peers and counselors to chart...

David Dill

The aim is to develop software for teaching CS 103, “Fundamentals of Computation,” a class on the theoretical foundations of computer science that...

Leonidas Guibas, Jonathan Huang, Andrew Nguyen, Chris Piech

We propose to build semi‐automatic tools that allow instructors to provide clear, timely, and highly specific assignment feedback to students in...

Kristin Sainani (n e Cobb), Rita Popat, Lorene Nelson, PhD, Jay Bhattacharya, Corinna Anke Haberland, Raymond Balise

Our department (Health, Research, and Policy (HRP)) offers graduate degrees in Clinical Research and Epidemiology and Health Services Research....

Gilbert Chu

On-line learning offers the promise of improving medical education while controlling its cost. Biochemistry 205, Molecular Foundations of Medicine...

Amir Eshel, Ari Kelman, Vincent Barletta, Lindsey Felt, Brian Johnsrud, Mike Widner

Participatory and collaborative sensemaking of complex phenomena is central in today’s information-rich world. The critical thinking and close...

Christine Alfano, Annelise Heinz

Our project will develop online modules grounded in active learning principles to effectively support writers during long-term projects, from term...

Stephen Boyd, Jaehyun Park, Ahmed Bou-Rabee, Keegan Go, Jennifer Hong, Karanveer Mohan

We will design a class that will teach the basic ideas and de-mystify linear algebra, focussing on applications that impact all of us. The style...

Kevin Hsu

This open online course, which has already been launched as a pilot project, provides an overview of international women's health and human rights...

Jennifer Martinez

This course will explore the role of media and communications in the human rights field, and in particular human rights education. Under the...

Stacey Jessiman de Nanteuil, C. Matthew Snipp, Karen Biestman, Lynn Meskell, Laura Jones, Michael Wilcox

The adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 seemed to herald an era of increased...

David Palumbo-Liu, Mike Widner

This Stanford course will have three interactive components. The first will be a set of readings on the history and ethos of modern human rights....

James Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS, Dana Lin MD, Laura Mazer, David M. Gaba, M.D., Sandi Feaster, Cara Liebert

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has evolved their accreditation system to the next level and has built upon their...

2013

Per Enge, Kevin Hsu, June Choi

Our massive open online course (MOOC) will utilize smart phones to teach the basics of satellite navigation, while overcoming the long-­held...

Kenji Hakuta, Guadalupe Valdes, Maria Santos, George Bunch, Tina Cheuk

This public course will lead with a comprehensive overview of the new standards in each of the disciplines and unpack the language and literacy...

James Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS, Cara Liebert, Dana Lin MD

Alternative models of didactic education include the “Flipped Classroom” model which employs short online videos prior to class with interactive...

Kristin Sainani (n e Cobb)

This online course in medical statistics will be offered as a MOOC on Stanford’s open source platform and will be used to “flip” the on-campus...

Gavin Jones, Jennifer Summit, Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Ligda

Online learning has the potential to change and reinvigorate the way that the arts and humanities are taught at the university level. There are...

David Grusky, Lindsay Owens

This course will depart from typical MOOC offerings by moving beyond the single-professor format and instead exploiting the capacity of MOOCs to...

Kavitha Ramchandran, Patricia Dwyer, Stephanie Harman, Edward Kilbane, Lori Klein Chaplain, Kelly Bugos, Judy Passaglia

This will be a multidisciplinary case based approach to learn how to integrate palliative care into cancer care. The learning goals include the...

Pam Grossman, Lisa Barker, Janet Carlson

This project will produce an online course that introduces prospective and practicing teachers to the features of high-quality, whole-class...

John Willinksy, Lauren Maggio, Samuel Smith Esseh, Eduardo Aguado, Kevin Stranack

The intent is to build a hybrid course on greater openness in education, research, and the circulation of knowledge suitable for listing in...

Guenther Walther

Theories suggest that peer assessment will improve students’ learning outcome, but a conclusive demonstration of this effect seems to be still...

Krishna Saraswat

This will be the second offering of “EE292L: Nanomanufacturing” using a flipped-classroom approach. In the first offering of the course, the team...

Alberto Salleo, Petr Johanes

This project consists of turning the first part of MATSCI 194/204 that teaches fundamental thermodynamics into episodic content along the lines of...

Clayborne Carson, Andrea McEvoy-Spero, Erik Loyer, Evan Bissell

The project’s goal is to enhance historical education about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his times by developing tools that encourage online...

Nick McKeown, Philip Levis

CS144 “An Introduction to Computer Networks” is offered every Fall quarter for Stanford students. CS144 has a reputation for being a “tough” class...

Amir Eshel, Fred Turner, Sam Wineburg, Brian Johnsrud, Mike Widner

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and their accompanying technologies have almost exclusively focused on directly transferring in-person...

Ari Kelman, Matthew Williams, Ziva Hassenfeld, James Leventhal, Alla Efimova

This course will explore this question in the context of Jewish museums, prompting students to investigate the future of museums in the context of...

James Lau, MD, MHPE, FACS, Cara Liebert, Dana Lin MD

Reports of medical student mistreatment are frequent across medical school clerkships in the United States and can include types such as verbal...

Jeff Chang

This proposal is to request funding for live-streaming and podcasting of a special course this spring being offered by the Institute for Diversity...

Jo Boaler

The goal of this course is to transform students' relationships with math. Math education is in crisis with around 50% of all students taking...

Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse, Paulo Blikstein

Although the learning benefits of lab experimentation are well documented, integration of true experimental lab components into online education...

Jayashri Srikantiah, William S. Koski

Clinical education is already successful in bringing classroom theory into the practice of law through the development of professional judgment,...

Susanna Loeb, Eric Bettinger, Jamie Johnston

Online courses have potential to improve learning in developing countries where resources are constrained and content knowledge expertise can be...

Shripad Tuljapurkar, Meredith Trotter

 This online-only course will build on existing course materials from Introduction to Methods in Theoretical Population Biology, offered last year...

Shelley Correll, Lori Mackenzie, Andrea Davies, Marianne Cooper, Sara Jordan-Bloch

This public course leverages online technologies to deliver educational curriculum in a way that heightens student engagement, sustains engagement...

Matthew Strehlow, MD, S. V. Mahadevan, MD, Clarence Braddock, Mark Binsanzo, Nelson Sewankambo

Emergency medicine is considered an integral component of healthcare systems in developed nations but is still in its infancy in the majority of...

Sara Goldhaber-Fiebert, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrel, Kiruthiga Nandagopal, Vivian Lei

The purpose of this project is to provide a collection of innovative online videos illustrating principles of crisis resource management, and...

Elaine Treharne, Ben Albritton, Orietta Da Rold, Suzanne Paul

This project seeks to provide introductory training for students, scholars and those interested in cultural heritage in how to interpret...

Suzanne Lippert, MD, Kiruthiga Nandagopal, Joe Benfield, Rebecca Walker, S. V. Mahadevan, MD

A novel, inquiry-driven-learning, case-based Emergency Medicine education curriculum will be developed between Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 and...

Michael Klausner

The course integrates concepts from finance, information economics, and law and economics with actual real-world business transactions to produce...

Jon Bernstein, Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD, Jennifer Deitz, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrel, James Ford, Euan A. Ashley

Training in the principles and practice of clinical genetics is essential for physicians and allied health providers. To foster student engagement...

Rita Popat, Preetha Basaviah, M.D., Madika Bryant, Kambria H. Evans, M.Ed., M.A.

The proposed project will develop a blended course for the “Quantitative Medicine (QM)” component of the Practice of Medicine (POM)course offered...

Ray Pecheone, Daisy Martin, Ruth Chung Wei, Jack Dieckmann

This Education course will focus on building educators’ capacity to use, develop and implement curriculum-embedded performance assessments. We...

Tiziana Vanorio, Anthony Clark

Laboratory courses involving hands-on experiments are notoriously time and resource consuming. Students have to accomplish multiple tasks - e.g.,...

Eavan Boland, Kenneth Ligda

This course presents ten significant pre-modern poems by women. The poems are chosen to give the online audience a sense of each text, its...

Richard Ford, David Oppenheimer, Mikhail Xifaras

The course will compare U.S., European, and other national, regional and international legal systems. Topics will include same-sex marriage;...

2012

Kristin Sainani (n e Cobb)

Professor Sainani explored new models for developing an online crowdsourcing approach to peer review through team-based collaborative writing and...

Erik Flatmo Gambatese, Erik Sunderman, Jennifer DeVere Brody

 This course in “virtual drafting” will feature drawings that are never produced on paper but are instead created for online viewing. Posting...

Kala Mehta, Nate Gardner, Marian Tzuang, Annecy Majoros, Dolores Gallagher Thompson, PhD, ABPP, Kim Bullock, MD

This project offers a new and innovative training method for teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as it is a compelling evidence-based...

Noah Goodman, Andreas Stuhlmüller, Long Ouyang

This project has three specific aims: (1) To support students’ ability to understand models from multiple perspectives. Models are generally...

Wajhma Massouni, Christine Reyes-Santos, Grace Chiou, James Chang, MD, Gordon K. Lee, M.D.

This project developed an amalgamated, online and iPhone/iPad portal of learning tools, "Plastic Surgery Essentials at Your Fingertips."...

Anne Friedlander, Carlos Seligo, Jonah Willihnganz, Natacha Ruck

The overall goal of this pilot project was to design a scalable method of teaching digital communication skills to scientists while simultaneously...

Bruce Clemens

This flipped-model course and MOOC focuses on the operating principles and applications of emerging technological solutions to the energy demands...

Helen Paris, Leslie Hill

This project involves the creation of a unique online course and multi-platform site dedicated to an interrogation of practice-based research in...

Daniel McFarland

In this introductory course, students learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change....

Dan Edelstein, Deborah M Gordon

The challenge for teaching network theory is how to make complicated concepts accessible to students. The project team will develop simple tools...

Donna M. Bouley, Claude M. Nagamine

2012-2013 Pilot. This course is an example of innovation in teaching undergraduates and is “blended on line strategy” pilot program in conjunction...

Heather Logge, Homero Rivas, Eric Leroux

The course will be open to the world with all lectures streamed live and available in a hybrid seminar/webinar where a cohort of Stanford students...

Alberto Salleo, Petr Johanes

This project introduces a wide spectrum of ideas to optimize the learning in MATSCI 194/204 with the help of integrating online and offline...

Marc Sanders, Rafe Mazzeo, Mark Lucianovic

This project involves the development of an online version of Math 51, the basic linear algebra and multivariable calculus course offered by the...

Rhiju Das, Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse

This course explores new avenues in online education with goals to establish the technological feasibility of remote biology experimentation labs...

C. Kwang Sung, MD, MS, Candace Pau, Robert K. Jackler, MD, Anna H. Messner, M.D., Erika Shimahara

The Stanford Introduction to Otolaryngology project is designed to be a first-of-its-kind interactive learning experience for students, junior...

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