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Jonathan Fan, Associate Professor
Spilker Building, Room 307
Stanford University
348 Via Pueblo
Stanford, CA 94305-4088
(650) 723-0278

Prospective Student FAQ

Yes, we tend to welcome about 1-2 new grad students for the rotation program every year.  The rotation program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the lab for a quarter.  We think it’s a great way for students to get jump started in research, and for the students and lab groups to evaluate the potential for a longer term fit.

You can gauge the latest projects in our group by looking at papers from the last couple of years. Beyond that, it’s a bit hard to tell too specifically, as research is an ever evolving process.  In the group, thesis projects tend to be formulated and refined over the first and second year. 

Stanford EE grad school works by admission to the department, not to a particular group.  Once you are admitted into the program, we can discuss to see if there is mutual interest for a research rotation. 

Yes, our group has welcomed students from materials science and applied physics.  With the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research, our group is looking to fuse together expertise in physics, engineering, materials, chemistry, and computer science.

I will do my best, but don’t worry if you don’t hear back. I get many inquiries about joining our group.  The real discussion about rotations and research starts after you are admitted.

5 to 6 years. It depends on the project, your career goals, and what challenges we encounter.