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Sarah McCurdy, Earth Systems Program Associate

Earth Systems Program

Sarah McCurdy spent her childhood on Long Island with a head full of dreams about food and her future. That future would include time as a scholar-athlete at Stanford University where she ran competitively while also pursuing a degree in Earth Systems. Searching for studies that provided a holistic approach to science and culture, her interests were sparked in a course on soil quality, which led to a research position in the Soil and Biogeochemistry lab, and concluded with a trip to collect soil and rice samples in Cambodia. Learning about soil, coupled with the on-the-ground experience in Cambodia convinced Sarah to pursue a career in telling the story of science through the power of food. After completing her undergraduate degree, Sarah explored the world of food beyond the classroom by becoming a server at the nationally acclaimed restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York. While there, Sarah watched her passion for food science, business, and culture grow. This passion led her back to Stanford where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in food system science. She is working on a vermiculture project at the new Stanford Farm and an individual research project on food security within the US. When she’s not in class or geeking out about compost, Sarah can often be found discussing her newest butternut squash recipe over a glass of wine with her friends. With all of the ingredients in place, Sarah’s dreams of a food career seasoned with just the right amount of science are quickly becoming her reality.

Annie Rempel, Earth Systems Program Associate

Earth Systems Program

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology, Annie Rempel is excited to complete an Earth Systems co-term before medical school to broadly explore how environmental factors influence human health. Annie believes that issues surrounding sustainable agriculture, food security, and environmental change are paramount when evaluating health outcomes and preventive measures, but are largely overlooked in current medical education contexts. Annie is stoked to share her passion for interdisciplinary thinking as a head ES10 TA and program assistant, but perhaps more, she is excited to learn from the creativity and energy of undergraduates grappling with some of the largest issues faced by our planet today. When not in the ES office, Annie can be found cooking in her vegetarian co-op, biking up Old La Honda, or captaining Superfly, Stanford's women's ultimate frisbee team.