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Michelle Friend

photo of Michelle FriendProgram: LSTD/DAPS (PhD)
Admission Year: 2010

What were you doing before coming to Stanford GSE?
Teaching computer science at a girls' middle school.

What are your research interests?
Computer Science education, gender equity in computing, computational thinking.

What are your academic/career goals post-GSE?
To continue doing research on best practices in computer science education & increasing diversity in computing, to work with students.

Why did you choose to come to Stanford?
My primary reason for choosing Stanford is because it was close to home! Once here I discovered an intellectually stimulating environment full of opportunities. I knew I would do my best work if I was challenged by being surrounded by the smartest people I could find, and I have found that at Stanford; the students are diverse, brilliant, kind, funny, and wonderful.