A 20-year-old Stanford University junior has died in Spain, apparently falling while on a hike with other Stanford undergraduates studying in Europe, the vice provost of student affairs posted on the university's website Saturday.
Mischa Nee, a Palo Alto resident, was hiking with other Stanford students on Friday afternoon near Mallorca, Spain, a large island in the Mediterranean, in an area described to Stanford's vice provost Susie Brubaker-Cole as "difficult, rocky terrain." His fellow hikers lost sight of Nee during the hike, and he disappeared. Mallorca authorities started searching the area late Friday and resumed Saturday, when Nee's body was discovered.
Nee was part of a group of Stanford undergraduate students studying in Europe over winter quarter visiting Mallorca for a short visit, Brubaker-Cole said. He was a computer science major at Stanford and was planning a minor in art history or studio art, she added.
Nee, who graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2016, held internships in graphic design at Opinno in Madrid, Spain; software engineering at Infosys in the Bengaluru area of India; and computer science tutoring at Breakout Mentors, a computer programming youth mentorship program based in Palo Alto.
Stanford is in touch with Mischa's family and other students in Mallorca.
The university community can find support in response to Nee's death through the following campus resources:
• Counseling and Psychological Services, 650-723-3785, which provides crisis counseling. Walk-in consultations are available during business hours and clinicians can be made available on call through the office's number.
• Graduate Life Office at 650-736-7078, office hours; 650-723-8222, 24/7; pager ID number 25085.
• Office for Religious life, 650-723-1762.
Residence deans can provide assistance to undergraduate students. More information can be found at studentaffairs.stanford.edu.
• Faculty Staff Help Center can provide assistance for university faculty and staff. More information can be found at cardinalatwork.stanford.edu.