The Buck Scholars

Since 1990, Buck Scholars have gone on to do amazing things!

Some have started their own companies, others are leaders and innovators in their respective fields, and many are making a transformative impact locally and around the world.  


Kristin Grimsrud,

[Class of 2002]

Kristin is a currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and the Associate of Vivaria and Veterinary Care Director of the Mouse Biology Program, caring for rodents used in research at the university and assisting with research and teaching.

She graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2012, followed by a Residency in Laboratory Animal and Primate Medicine and a post-doctoral position in Cardio-thoracic Surgery and Regenerative Medicine, all at UC Davis. She also completed a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology through the University of Utah. Her personal research focus is on characterizing variability in pharmacological responses in special populations, e.g. pediatric and burn patients, with a specific focus on opioids. She maintains a charitable business mobile veterinary practice in her spare time, which primarily treats alpacas, rescued animals and animals used for therapy. She also volunteers providing horse therapy for disabled children and working with other species to provide animal-assisted therapy.


Ramit Sethi,

[Class of 2000]

Ramit Sethi is the founder of I Will Teach You to Be Rich, and author of the New York Times bestseller, "I Will Teach You To Be Rich."

He writes about money, business, and psychology for 1 million+ readers every month. He studied technology and psychology at Stanford.

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Julian Dunn,

[Class of 2000]

Julian is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia Law School. Before going to law school, Julian followed his mother and brother in serving in the Peace Corps’ Community and Organizational Development Program in Bulgaria. After passing the California Bar in 2009, Julian worked for 5 years as an associate at Orrick in San Francisco, specializing in public finance. In 2014, Julian caught the start-up bug, joining Segment as one of its first 10 employees. Julian lives in Oakland with his wife of 2 years, Carrie.


Serena Yeung,

[Class of 2006]

Serena Yeung is a Technology for Equitable and Accessible Medicine (TEAM) Research Fellow at Harvard University, and will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Electrical Engineering (by courtesy) at Stanford University in 2019. Her research has been broadly in the areas of computer vision, machine learning and deep learning, with application to AI-assistance in healthcare. She received her PhD from Stanford in 2018, where she was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Lab. During her PhD, she was the lead graduate student in the Stanford Partnership in AI-Assisted Care (PAC), a collaboration between the Stanford School of Engineering and School of Medicine. Serena was also co-instructor of Stanford's Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition course in 2017 and 2018, and she spent time at Facebook AI Research in 2016 and Google Cloud AI in 2017. Prior to her PhD, Serena spent some time in the startup world, working as a software engineer at Rockmelt (acquired by Yahoo) from 2009-2011. Serena's undergraduate and graduate education (BS'10, MS'13, and PhD'18 in Electrical Engineering, all from Stanford University) were all generously supported by the Buck Foundation.

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Daniel Lachman,

[Class of 2010]

Daniel grew up in Walnut Creek, CA and attended Las Lomas High School. He graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2014 with a BFA in Film & Television Production and a Minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology. Daniel has produced numerous short films, documentaries, and music videos, working as a writer, director, editor, and actor. Following his undergraduate studies, he spent two years pursuing a directing MFA at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & Television, where he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Undergraduate Film Studies Department. Daniel began his professional career at Preferred Content, a film, television & digital sales, production and advisory company, working for the Founder & CEO. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and works at Zaftig Films, the production company behind NBC's This Is Us, USA's The Sinner, Amazon's Patriot, and the 2018 Warner Brothers animated feature Smallfoot.