When asked to describe the atmosphere at Stanford, where WASP PhD student Mia spent a semester, she answers “awesome.”
“I don’t know how else to put it,” she laughs.

“It’s like the whole Bay Area is a campus, and everyone is in tech or science. If you come here, you’ll meet a lot of interesting people that you wouldn’t have met in Europe.”

She found the people at Stanford friendly and open to new ideas.
“They weren’t dismissive in any way. You might have expected that since it’s an elite university, but I always felt very comfortable.”

Before you go on a WASP Research Stint, you need to find a “sponsor,” a professor, or head of a research group, at your host university. Mia Kokic came in touch with her sponsor when she went to California on a WASP study trip.
“My sponsor, professor Jeannette Bohg, was a PhD student of my professor at KTH. I knew she was working on things similar to what I do, robotics, grasping, and manipulation.”

Mia Kokic rented a room in Palo Alto. Every day she biked to campus and the lab where she was working.
“I was working on a computer vision project. We wrote an article that was accepted to IEEE-RAS. After I got back to Sweden, the collaboration continued for another six months or so,” she explains.

Mia Kokic highly recommends Stanford to WASP PhD students.
“Yes. And I would urge them not to be afraid. Some students might fear they’re not smart enough for Stanford or that they won’t be able to handle the workload, but that’s not the case. You should go, and don’t be afraid to contact people and share your research.”

Mia Kokic is a PhD Student at KTH, First Batch WASP AS-track. At Stanford from August to December 2018.

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active
The WASP website wasp-sweden.org uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to follow the visitor’s actions on the website. There are two types of cookie:
  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration,
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory during the period under which a visitor views the website. Session cookies disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.
Permanent cookies are used to store any personal settings that are used. If you do not want cookies to be used, you can switch them off in the security settings of the web browser. It is also possible to set the security of the web browser such that the computer asks you each time a website wants to store a cookie on your computer. The web browser can also delete previously stored cookies: the help function for the web browser contains more information about this. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is the supervisory authority in this field. It provides further information about cookies on its website, www.pts.se.
Save settings
Cookies settings