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Ph.D. Student in Chemistry, admitted Autumn 2012
BioI am a fifth year PhD candidate at Stanford University. My research work with Professors Christopher E. D. Chidsey and Robert M. Waymouth at Stanford is focused on developing catalysts made of earth-abundant materials that can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful fuels such as methanol and formic acid using electricity. Using renewable forms of electricity for this purpose would in principle generate a carbon-neutral cycle for sequestering anthropogenic CO2 and produce useful fuels at low cost.
I am an experimental chemist by training, with significant experience in electrochemical measurements, organometallic synthesis and DFT calculations.
Outside of my time in lab, I am interested in energy policy, finance and energy access for the developing world. I served as the Vice President of the Stanford Energy Club, one of the largest student-run clubs on campus and the hub for energy related activities covering technology, finance and policy.
Ph.D. Student in Chinese, admitted Autumn 2013
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsLiterary History of Medieval China
Relationship between Literature and Religion
Ph.D. Student in Physics, admitted Autumn 2016
BioI am a student in the physics PhD program with an interest in quantum gravity, mathematical physics, and some aspects of condensed matter physics. My main work has been on a subject called `moonshine' which explores particular relationships between number theory and group theory through the lens of string theory.
Ph.D. Student in Education, admitted Autumn 2014
Master of Arts Student in Political Science, admitted Autumn 2016
Other Tech - Graduate, Graduate School of Education
BioMichelle Reddy is a PhD candidate in International and Comparative Education, as well as an MA student in Political Science at Stanford. Her work has largely focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, taking a comparative and mixed-methods approach to examining organizational emergence and resilience of third sector organizations, particularly in response to crises. More broadly, she is interested in new approaches to development assistance and poverty reduction, and studies organizational actors in international development.
Michelle received a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award for 2017-2019, for six months of field research in West Africa. She also received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education for two years in a row (2016-2018). In 2016 she received the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace by Middlebury College to study Portuguese. From 2015-2017 she was a fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict Resolution.
Prior to Stanford, Michelle worked on research, communications and program design and management for universities, NGOs, and the United Nations for 6 years in Paris, Dakar, and New York. Relevant experience includes creating a multi-disciplinary global network of 24 universities for Sciences Po (Paris), being part of the team that launched the Paris School of International Affairs, and the design and management of a mediation program in West Africa with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office. Additionally, Michelle co-taught and designed an undergraduate level course entitled "International Actors in Africa: Globalization, Development and Security" at Sciences Po, Paris. Research experience includes a deliberative polling project in Senegal with the West African Resilience Innovation Lab (Stanford University and the Université Cheiklh Anta Diop), an evaluation of aid to education (Swedish External Aid Evaluation Board and Stanford University) analysis on peacebuilding and security in the West African Subregion (UNOWA), and needs assessments on MDG targets in Sub-Saharan African cities (Earth Institute, Columbia University).
Michelle holds two master’s degrees in International Development (Education) and Organisation and Leadership (Higher Education) from Columbia University. She also has a BA from Boston College with a double major in Political Science and History, and a minor in French.