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Peer Advisors

Who are the Peer Advisors?

The STS Peer Advisors work closely with the Student Services Officer and serve as a resource for initial questions about major course planning, departmental policies, and the declaration process. The Peer Advisors have completed a special training that augments their knowledge of the STS curriculum and can offer valuable student insight on the major. All students interested in declaring must first meet with a Peer Advisor to review their curriculum proposal. Meetings are drop-in only (no appointments) and questions can be directed to


Jessie Seng

Office Hours: Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm PST
Office: Virtual
Communication and Media

Jessie, daughter of former refugees, is a Cambodian American from Tucson, Arizona. Jessie is a senior this year but remembers how she spent her first two years exploring courses before realizing that many of her classes actually aligned with the STS major. Jessie was drawn to the major because of its flexibility and loves how the STS major allows her to have such a unique lens in which to view the world. Jessie is particularly interested in the way that technology, algorithms, and science are involved in the construction of culture and inequality. At Stanford, Jessie also works at BEAM, the Alumni Center, and the Creative Writing Program. Come talk to her about her love for STS, how to make STS right for you, and anything else that you might have a question about!

Bec Smith

Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
Office: Virtual

Bec is a senior from Houston who started out thinking he was going to study Biomedical Computation. Soon after he switched to Computer Science and was studying Human-Computer Interaction until his 3rd year. Bec was introduced to STS by peer advisors and has been hooked ever since. He self-designed a concentration that combines all of his interests in computer science, psychology, ethics, feminist and gender studies, race and ethnic studies, and disability studies. STS gave him the unique opportunity to explore all of his interests while working to be a computer scientist who is educated on the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts of the work being done in Silicon Valley and around the world. Talk to him about activism on campus, taking ASL for your language requirement, playing on the Stanford Men’s Rugby Team, or anything else you can think of! :-)

Axelle Talma

Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm-5:00pm PST
Office: Virtual
Innovation and Organization

Originally from Paris, France,  Axelle is a senior who began her Stanford career with multidisciplinary interests and quickly developed a predilection for studying ethics in technology. Through STS, she was able to approach issues of ethics in technology through multiple lenses while acquiring technical skills to bolster her critical interests. STS enabled her to learn about the history that has shaped technologies, the technologies that have shaped society, and everything in between from Science and Technology policy courses to entrepreneurship, computer science and ethics classes. In her time at Stanford, Axelle has also been able to pursue a minor in German Studies, studying abroad in Berlin and interning at an entrepreneurship consulting firm in Munich sophomore year. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, hiking, horse riding and baking.