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Giada Brandes named 2023 Station1 Frontiers Fellow

Boise State University president Dr. Marlene Tromp recently received the following letter:

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July 28, 2023

Dear President Tromp,

We are writing to congratulate Boise State University on the acceptance of the following undergraduate student to the prestigious 2023 Station1 Frontiers Fellowship (SFF):

Giada Brandes
Giada Brandes (photo from LinkedIn)

Giada Brandes  — Major: Mechanical Engineering

It is an honor for us to inform your institution of this significant achievement by your student. Station1 received many hundreds of applications and selected the most outstanding and high potential candidates through an extensive application and interview process.

Station1 ( is a new nonprofit higher education institution, founded by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, that is paving a pathway of opportunity through a new model of learning and research – socially-directed science and technology. The Station1 model integrates science and technology with humanistic fields and the social sciences in order to interrogate, understand, and shape technologically-driven societal impact towards more equitable and sustainable outcomes. To advance this mission, Station1 designs and carries out transformative education, research, innovation, and collective impact projects, programs, and initiatives in the areas of socially-directed science and technology. The flagship Station1 Frontiers Fellowship is a prestigious, fully-funded, ten-week research, internship, and education experience focused on socially-directed science and technology.

Station1 Fellows:

  • Receive a fellowship that includes a competitive living expenses stipend and fully-funded instructional costs
  • Gain authentic experience through a  science and technology-focused  internship in a leading company, nonprofit organization or academic research laboratory
  • Participate in exciting, state-of-the-art, team-based research and development projects in science and technology (270 hours)
  • Engage with a shared curriculum focused on socially-directed science and technology which draws together critical perspectives on history, social studies of science and technology, equity and inclusion, computation in a social context, social change and innovation, sustainability, and ethical reasoning (100 hours)
  • Interact with cross-disciplinary instructors and mentors from a diversity of fields
  • Gain personal and professional experience through both the internship and the formal curriculum that focuses on areas such as intercultural knowledge, inclusive leadership and collaboration, scientific and technical communication, and more
  • Receive information and guidance on academic and career pathways
  • As program alumni, become part of a network of exceptional professionals in the Station1 community beyond completion of the program.