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Research Opportunities

The Bill Lane Center for the American West, in collaboration with the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), offers on-campus research opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to work with faculty on projects related to the American West. We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines to engage with issues related to western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Center's Research Assistants (RAs) pursue original research with faculty, working part-time for a maximum of 10 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer. Students meet regularly with their mentors to discuss goals and plans for research. There are three types of research projects: student-initiated, faculty-initiated, or pre-identified projects posted on the Center's website.

Current openings

There are no openings at this time. If you have a project in mind, please email

Summer 2017 Research Assistants

Summer 2017 Research Assistants

Meet the 2017 Summer Research Assistants Under the direction of Professor Bruce Cain and Senior Researcher Iris Hui, our RA’s spend ten weeks exploring subjects ranging from integrated water management, air pollution and health issues, the history of Chinese railroad workers in the West, to computer assisted text analysis of congressional speeches and more. Please join us in welcoming our young researchers. Read more

Top row, from left: Nikhil Basutkar, Maggie Bruck, Tanvi Gambhir, Cole McFaul, Johnstone Kipyator; Bottom row: Regan Pecjak, Jack Seigenthaler, Ada Statler-Throckmorton, Ron Pritipaul, Caroline Kimmel; Not Pictured: Jason Chen;

Summer 2016 Research Assistants

Miguel Samano, 2019, Undeclared: US-Mexico Pollution

Troy Barnhart, 2018, Earth Systems: Permitting

Masha Gorkovenko, 2019, Computer Science: Regional polling, IWRM

Daylon Tippett, 2018, Symbolic Systems: Transportation initiative and freshman helmet study

Victoria Mao, 2017, Energy Resources Engineering: Energy

Johnstone Kipyator, 2017, Energy Resources Engineering: Green energy in Africa

Maame Kome-Mensah, 2019, Computer Science: Green energy in Africa

Griffin Bovee: Chinese Railroad Workers project

Juliana Chang: Chinese Railroad Workers project