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New advising system to replace PMA program next fall

A new advising system for incoming students will soon replace the existing Pre-Major Advising program.

Stanford Advocates for Growth and Exploration (SAGE) will apply to first-year and transfer students entering Stanford in the fall of 2018. Unlike pre-major advisors under the existing system, SAGEs will receive different training, serve a more clearly-defined role and be matched to their advisees through a different system, according to Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) director Louis Newman.

Classy Classes: EARTHSYS 200 gives out eco-friendly advice

EARTHSYS 200: “Sustaining Action: Research, Analysis, and Writing for the Public” provides a unique writing opportunity for students, publishing their work in Sound Advice for a Green Earth (SAGE), an eco-advice column published in the Stanford Alumni Magazine.

The course fulfills the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement for the Earth Systems major. Students choose two questions submitted to SAGE and parse through research in search of answers, but the focus of the course is on conveying scientific information to a public audience. Class sessions feature lectures and workshops on writing skills, peer-review of writing assignments and occasional visits from guest speakers skilled in science journalism.