Some of the more prominent alumni being Steve Ballmer of Microsoft; Jeff Bewkes of Time Warner, inc; Philip Knight of Nike; Eileen Collins, the astronaut; Vinton Cerf, who co authored the Internet protocol; Dudley Herschbach, the Nobel Prize winner; and Brad Parkinson, a co – principal investigator of the GPS.
In the absence of a competent and dedicated faculty, it is difficult to excel in academics. Stanford, per se, has not been a laggard in this regard. At present, Stanford boasts of 16 Nobel laureates, several Pulitzer Prize winners, and several other honored and esteemed scholars.
I have tremendous interest in the biological sciences. My keen interest in this area of science, prompted me to participate in academic decathlons. In the 2008 academic decathlon, my efforts were rewarded with a silver medal in the science division. I redoubled my efforts and garnered the gold medal in the academic decathlon for 2009. It is my avowed objective to excel in biological sciences. The presence of such renowned scholars, amongst the faculty, the excellent educational facilities on offer and the spirit of freedom of thought have made me resolve to study at Stanford University.
As an individual who regularly meditates, I had always assumed that mental activity reduces significantly, when one is at rest. This was tellingly disproved, by an article that I read in the Scientific American of March 2010. In this work, the author Raichle, brought to the fore, the astounding discovery regarding a brain system that had been termed the default mode network (DMN).
Albeit, the intricacies underpinning this mechanism have not yet been unraveled; there is understanding to the extent that this system organizes memory and related systems, so as to respond effectively to external stimuli. The DMN synchronizes the various component of the brain, in order to engender conscious activity.
However, the most fascinating aspect of the functioning of the brain, from my