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Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program

June 20 - August 22, 2015

The Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program is a fully funded, nine week, residential research program. It offers undergraduates who want to prepare for and enter Ph.D. programs in the sciences a unique opportunity for advanced research experience within a world class university.

Each participant is matched with a member of Stanford’s distinguished faculty and will work in one of Stanford’s state-of-the-art research facilities. Participants will work with both a faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects and involves a broad range of research techniques that are feasible within the eight week period. The program then culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks and posters on their summer projects in front of the faculty, lab mentors, and University administrators.

Each participant also joins a mentoring group led by a Stanford graduate student or post-doctoral fellow. Weekly group sessions expand students’ knowledge of scientific fields and guide them in the process of applying to graduate school. The mentors also coach the students on how to present their data and help them polish their presentation skills.

Students participating in the Stanford Summer Research Program are fully funded during their stay. Stanford will provide students with summer housing, meals, and travel to and from the summer research program. Additionally, all SSRP participants will receive a $3,600 stipend.

In addition to their lab work, students participate in science field trips, graduate education workshops, and social outings. Destinations may include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Hopkins Marine Station, the beach at Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. Students are also encouraged to make the most of their time in Northern California by exploring the area on their own. The Stanford campus enjoys sunny but mild summers in a beautiful location just 30 miles south of San Francisco, which is easily accessible through public transportation.

Terrance Mayes, Director