What is the Bill Lane Center for the American West?
The Bill Lane Center for the American West (often referred to simply as "the Bill Lane Center") is an interdisciplinary research center on the Stanford campus that studies issues of the western United States, Mexico, and Canada. In addition to our own researchers, the Center collaborates with other research centers on and off campus to advance scholarly understanding of the West.
How can I get involved?
We have robust programming for Stanford undergraduates that includes:
- paid summer internships and research assistantships during the summer and the school year
- an annual Sophomore College trip,
- and a unique spring quarter course, the American West.
We also offer extensive listings of courses related to the North American West. Our goal at the Center is to provide all Stanford students with multiple channels to explore and understand the American West.
What have students done in the past?
Our students have rafted through the Grand Canyon to learn about water issues, curated museum exhibits in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, monitored fish and stream conditions in Idaho, examined the work of Western artists through unique classes at the Cantor, and spent quality time in the archives studying the history of the California Coastal Commission. Through these experiences and many more, undergraduates have been given the chance to dive into a hands-on exploration of the West.
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