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Summer Research Program for Teachers/CERTS

June 15 - August 7, 2015

Stanford’s Summer Research Program for Teachers (SRPT) offers eight-week research fellowships for teachers of middle school and high school who teach in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teachers work in a Stanford lab four days a week, and meet once a week as a group for science and engineering lectures by Stanford faculty, lab tours, and seminars on teaching. Participants earn a stipend of $7,200 for the summer and an additional $1,000 grant after developing and testing new lessons with their students.

Beginning in summer 2013, a subset of these teachers was funded by the National Science Foundation in a complementary program called Computing and Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers (CERTS). The expectations and activities for CERTS and SRPT are identical.

Geokids for First and Second Graders

First and second graders from local public schools come on a field trip to explore and experience these fun and engaging activities at Stanford. They are introduced to the “work of a geologist” with hands-on educational activities focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils, and soil. The activities are led by graduate and undergraduate students, who eagerly volunteer to express their love of geology. 

Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program

June 20 - August 22, 2015

The Stanford Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences/Amgen Scholars Program is an nine-week residential internship program. It offers undergraduates from across the country who want to prepare for and enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences a unique opportunity for advanced research experience within a world-class university.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

June 21 - August 22, 2015

SLAC has an exciting program offering summer internships for undergraduates, and for more than thirty years has offered 20-25 students an eight-week paid internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, California.

Unpaid Internships for High School Students

In addition to formal internship programs for high school students, Stanford labs sometimes host high school interns on an informal basis, usually in unpaid internships. The Office of Science Outreach is not able to help individual students identify a host lab or project but if you click on the red title above, you will find some information and tips. Please do not call the Office of Science Outreach for advice or guidance. 

Research Experience for Undergraduates in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility

June 2 - August 14, 2014

The Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) participates in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) Research Experience for Undergraduates each summer which provides approximately 60 undergraduate students with ten-week internships working on mentored research projects at NNIN facilities. SNF hosts approximately 7 students annually.

RISE Summer Internship Program

June 17 - August 5, 2015

The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for HS Students is sponsored by the Office of Science Outreach. It’s an intensive 7-week summer program for local Bay Area students (living within 25-mile radius of campus) interested in science, engineering, math, computer science, or psychology. Students spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab (typically a graduate student), and attending weekly group sessions that include field trips, presentations, hands-on science activities, and lab tours.

RISE is designed for bright low income students and those who will be the first in their families to attend college. 

Earth Sciences High School Internship Program

June 16 - August 5, 2015

At the School of Earth Sciences, high school students spend 8 weeks in the summer working in different laboratories. Student interns must be interested in Earth sciences.  They support ongoing research and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. For local high school students only, selected by an application process. The application is released in late January and is due March.

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program

Stanford is a partner in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). This program, principally for underserved and underrepresented students, offers undergraduates the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at participating Alliance institutions.

Nanotechnology Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

July 21 - 25, 2014

This one-week Institute teaches middle school teachers about nanotechnology research and the underlying physical concepts that apply to the science classes they teach. Daily sessions focus on inquiry-based modules providing teachers with materials that explicitly address California’s 8th grade physical science content standards. Participants receive stipends and Continuing Studies Credits.

SMYSP Summer Residential Program

June 21 - July 26, 2015

The SMYSP Summer Residential Program offers five weeks of intensive science and health training each summer for low income and under-represented high school students from northern and central California. Participants live together at Stanford, attend scientific lectures, complete anatomy laboratory practicums, intern at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, and learn about college entrance requirements, application procedures and financial aid. The program is tuition-free; selection is based on an application process.

SIMR - Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

June 15 - August 6, 2015

SIMR – The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program, is for high school juniors and seniors interested in hands-on research in various fields of medicine (immunology, stem cell, cancer, neuroscience, bioinformatics and cardiovascular medicine). This eight week program enables the selected students to take part in research, attend introductory lectures and to present their work at a poster session open to the Stanford community. 

Space Weather Monitor Program

The Space Weather Monitor program is an education project to build and distribute inexpensive ionospheric monitors to students around the world. The monitors detect solar flares and other ionospheric disturbances.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp

The Stanford University Math Camp, SUMaC is designed for high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the fall, who have exceptional interest and ability in mathematics. SUMaC is for those who seek to be challenged in mathematics and those who would enjoy four weeks of intensive, in-depth, mathematical pursuits. SUMaC provides an environment that fosters social and intellectual development centered on the study and enjoyment of mathematics. Information and application materials for SUMaC 2014 will be available by January 14, 2015.

Stanford Science Circles

The Stanford Middle School and High School Science Circles are academic enrichment programs for students in the Stanford area who are interested in the sciences. Activities take place in the evening during the academic year.

 

Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Sciences Teachers

You are invited to a workshop for Earth science teachers about Earth sciences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about current scientific research and understanding of the local geoscape.  This workshop is to enhance your skills, confidence, and knowledge of Earth sciences and invigorate classroom instruction, aligned with California State content standards. You will be taught to use to the Quake-catcher Network which turns your classroom computer into a seismometer.

Stanford EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research

July 6 - 31, 2015

Stanford Explore is an exploratory series covering the basic fundamentals and current research areas represented by the five Institutes of the Stanford School of Medicine (Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, and Cancer Biology) as well as research areas in Bioengineering and Genetics. Participants are encouraged to sign up for all 4 weeks but may also sign up for just 1, 2 or 3 weeks.

Stanford Summer Teaching Institute

July 6 - 10, 2015

The Stanford Summer Teaching Institute is a collection of short courses focused on the development of effective instructional practices for a variety of content areas and grade levels. 

 

Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE)

June 19 - August 15, 2015

SURGE provides undergraduate scholars (from Stanford and other U.S. institutions) with a mentored research experience in a Stanford research group or laboratory. This fully funded, eight-week, summer residential program combines a rigorous research assignment with a comprehensive training and mentoring program. SURGE focuses on preparing students for graduate school, and therefore targets rising undergraduate juniors and seniors.

The Stanford Summer Health Career Opportunity Program (SSHCOP)

June 24 - August 1, 2014

The Stanford Summer Health Career Opportunity Program (SSHCOP) is an academically rigorous six-week residential program that encourages and provides an academic learning environment for 25 talented college sophomores and juniors  who seek a career in medicine and have experienced educational or academic barriers within the San Francisco Bay Area.

Outreach Programs for Stanford Students

Want to help K-12 students learn about math, science, & engineering? There are a number of different programs, many run by Stanford students, that interact with the local K-12 community. Become engaged in Boys & Girls Club programs, tutor kids, work with elementary schools on hands-on science projects, and have fun while inspiring kids about the wonders of science.

Discovering Medicine @ Stanford

August 6 - 7, 2014

Discovering Medicine @ Stanford is offered by the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) for high school sophomores and juniors who are preparing for a 4-year college and have a serious interest in pursuing a health or medical career. The program is interactive, with small group workshops, and direct interactions with a variety of health professionals from the Stanford Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the Stanford School of Medicine. There is a $750 program fee to attend.

Stanford Summer Session

 Stanford Summer Session invites you to experience the thrill of campus life at one of the world's premiere universities. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world are invited to apply to Stanford to take 8-9 week courses during the Summer Quarter. Courses are available in a wide range of subjects, or as part of a specific Intensive Studies Program. Students build their own schedule from more than 175 courses offered by 35 departments within the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering. In addition, our unique program balances challenging academics with recreational and social activities including residence hall events, world-renowned speakers, and weekly trips to explore the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon completion of the program, students can request an official Stanford transcript and may be eligible to transfer credit back to their home institution.

Stanford at The Tech

Stanford at The Tech is a program that trains Stanford biology graduate students and postdocs in how to effectively communicate science to the public both in person and in writing. In the process of learning these skills, the Stanford people teach the public about genetics. And get them excited about it too.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS)

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers online classes for academically talented youth, residential programs on campus during the summer for high school and middle school students, and a fully accredited online high school.  

Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE)

For the first time in its history, Stanford is offering some of its most popular engineering classes free of charge to students and educators around the world. Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection are all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience. Visit the program website to access the classes.

Educational Studies Program/Splash!

November 8 - 9, 2014

The mission of the Stanford Educational Studies Program community is to reach out, to enthuse young eager minds, and share our muses and sources of joy and inspiration with people around us, especially high school students.

We offer days on campus full of academic and non-academic classes taught by Stanford students. ESP invites students to attend classes that could vary from completely “non-academic” stuff like cookie baking and origami, to complicated and challenging classes on machine theory or quantum mechanics.

The Splash! program fee is $40, but generous need-based financial aid is available.

High School and Pre-Medical Student Summer Internship

June 22 - July 17, 2015

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills and Education Center Stanford Summer Internship is designed to educate high school and pre-medical students considering careers in science, medicine, and public health in basic and advanced cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as medical and surgical techniques that will be utilized in pre-medical and medical school.

This program is open to all students worldwide. There is a fee of $5,800 fee to participate.

Due to overwhelming demand, this program has added a second session to accommodate additional students. Please note that the curriculum for both sessions are identical, and the application deadline is the same for both programs.  Session 2 dates are July 20 -August 14, 2015.

 

SMASH Academy on Stanford Campus

June 28 - August 2, 2014

SMASH is a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program at the UC Berkeley and Stanford campuses, and is expanding to other sites in the future.  Live on campus with other high potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students. Be prepared for college!

Stanford Math Circle

The Stanford Math Circle (SMC) is a weekly gathering of high school (or younger) students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators.

Surgical Anatomy for High School and Pre-Med Students

June 22 - July 3, 2015

This three-week course (half days) is for students considering careers in a variety of procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, or to become EMTs/paramedics.

Field Trips to a Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab

The Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab offers field trips and demos/presentations in local K-12 classrooms and on campus. The CHARM Lab creates robots and human-computer interfaces that use haptics in order to improve human health, safety, and quality of life. The word haptics refers to the sense of touch. Applications of our research include:

  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Simulation and training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics
Office of Science Outreach

VPUE-Sponsored Summer Research in Biology

The Department of Biology, using funds from the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), offers paid research internships to current Stanford undergraduates who want to spend the summer participating in ongoing faculty research projects to learn biological research methods. Participating students are usually sophomores who have completed at least one quarter of Bio core or Hum Bio 2A, or especially well-prepared freshmen. 

Stanford Brain Bee

January 10, 2015

The Stanford Brain Bee is a local qualifying round of the International Brain Bee (IBB), a neuroscience competition exclusively for high school students ages 14-18. The Stanford Brain Bee involves both a written component and a live oral Q&A session. In addition to the competition, students will have the opportunity to attend a presentation by a Stanford neuroscientist and speak with Stanford professors and students from the medical, biosciences, and neuroscience fields.

Visit Stanford Anatomy With Your High School Class

Stanford's Clinical Anatomy invites high school students to visit their labs and facilities. Through customizable programs, instructors help students discover, learn, and apply human anatomy in a professional context by introducing students to many of the same learning resources used by Stanford medical students.  

Public Lectures and Events

Stanford offers many free lectures for the general public on science and engineering topics that are delivered by Stanford's top researchers in terms understandable to the lay public. Examples include the SLAC Lecture Series and the Summer Science Lecture Series. See the "Lectures & Public Events" page on this site for more information.

BioE Research Experience for Undergraduates

June 23 - August 28, 2015

The Department of Bioengineering (BioE) will offer Stanford undergraduates stipends to conduct research over the summer in 2015. The program is full-time for 10 weeks, extending from June - August and is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to work with members of the BioE Faculty and their research groups on advanced research topics.

ReNUWIt's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) has several paid undergraduate research positions available for the summer of 2014. ReNUWIt’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program engages undergraduate students in ReNUWIt faculty’s research labs, under the mentorship of ReNUWIt post-docs and graduate students. Participants learn laboratory/field techniques, are immersed in ReNUWIt’s collaborative and interdisciplinary culture, and conduct meaningful research in state-of-the-art facilities. REU participants also interact directly with ReNUWIt faculty and peers, receive professional development training, and experience ReNUWIt’s systems-level approach to addressing the nation’s water issues. Additional program requirements include meetings, oral presentations, a short written report, and summary slides and/or posters.

AHPCRC Summer Institute for Undergraduates

June 22 - August 14, 2015

The Army High Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) Summer Institute, an 8-week program for undergraduate students, is held at Stanford University. The Summer Institute provides training and hands-on experience in the use of computational techniques for science and engineering students with a curriculum of short courses in computational engineering methods concentrating on structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, and computer programming for parallel clusters. Students gain research experience working with one of the AHPCRC research groups at Stanford University.

Canary Center at Stanford Internships

June 16 - August 15, 2014

The Canary Center at Stanford is a research center dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of our efforts to train the next generation of scientists, the Center offers an unpaid summer internship program. Each participant will be matched with a faculty, postdoctoral scholar, or senior scientist mentor who will help them craft a research project.  The program also includes a series of weekly seminars on early cancer detection research, conducting scientific research, and careers in science and the chance to interact with other interns. Students are expected to work at least 4 hours per day 5 days per week in the lab for the 9-week internship period.

KIPAC/VIZ Lab Tours

The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, or KIPAC, is an independent laboratory of Stanford University based at SLAC in Menlo Park. It serves as a bridge between the disciplines of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics. One of KIPAC's missions is to reach out to local communities and provide resources and tools for K-12 teachers, students and the general public. KIPAC offers: • Tours for your students • Speakers for your classroom • A viewing of one of their presentations in the Visualization Lab (Viz Lab), including a 3-D movie that traces the development of the universe, from the birth of the first star to the formation of the galaxies.

Campus Tours

The Stanford Visitor's Center offers many public tours.

  • Walking tours for the general public,
  • Self-guided podcast tours,
  • Special tours for high school students interested in attending Stanford,
  • Tours designed exclusively for school, team, or community groups larger than 10 people

Gateways to Science Careers

July 7 - August 8, 2014

The Stanford REU: Gateways to Science and Mathematics Careers (G2SMC) program is a 3-year program that provides college students with training regarding graduate school and careers pathways in STEM education research. This is a collaborative effort between researchers across the nation concerned about the small number of minority students pursuing careers in science. In our pursuit of information regarding ways that African-American students can succeed in science and mathematics, we are training the next generation of science and mathematics researchers.

Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford's Asian Liver Center

The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day residential conference at Stanford University. High school students (including those entering high school Fall 2014 or those who just graduated Summer 2014) from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation. The 12th Annual YLC will take place in early August of 2014.

There is a $325 fee to participate (some financial aid available).

Project Motivation

Project Motivation, affectionately known as ProMo, is a student group dedicated to promoting higher education to minority youths through on-campus visits and tours. Project Motivation is determined to instill a positive attitude towards higher education and help K-12 students understand the unlimited opportunities open to them. Formed in the mid-70's, Project Motivation seeks to encourage under represented high school students to pursue higher education. It is a program that facilitates the interaction between high school students and Stanford undergraduates. Teachers, help your students tour part of campus, see a dorm room, hear college stories from undergraduates and get the scoop about college life.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference

March 14 - 16, 2014
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference 2014 aims to highlight current research from the perspective of Stanford scholars as well as the incredible work being done in science by young scholars across the country. Conference features will include, but not limited to, hands-on activities, presentations by Stanford faculty and staff, student contributed talks, roundtable discussions, professional and student panels, and student scientific poster exhibit. There is a $400 registration fee.

SIMR Bioengineering Bootcamp

June 15 - August 6, 2015

SIMR Bioengineering Bootcamp is a hands-on design experience in bioengineering for high school students. Students attend lectures on a diverse set of bioengineering research topics and work for 2 full days a week only (Tues/Thurs) for 8 weeks on a real-world biodesign project which addresses a medical need.

Office of Science Outreach

Bio-X Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Bio-X Program would like to announce the ninth call for applications for the Undergraduate Summer Research Program with funding available starting in the summer of 2014. Stanford students are eligible to participate and should be in communication with Bio-X affiliated faculty to decide on an interdisciplinary project that may be supported by this award. The Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program awards a total of $6000 to the student for a 10-week period of full-time research during the summer quarter and $1000 to their mentoring faculty to support their research.

Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing (IFSS)

August 4 - 15, 2014

Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing (IFSS) is a two-week long summer program for high school students hosted by the chemistry department at Stanford University.  Participants shadow graduate student mentors as they pursue cutting edge chemical research in the laboratory.  This is an exciting opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of a professional chemist while learning about the important questions that are being pursued by researchers in the department!  At the conclusion of the program, participants will present what they have learned to their peers.  Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a panel discussion led by graduate students on the topic of making the transition from high school to studying science at the undergraduate (and graduate level).

 

Class Visits to the Stanford Nanobrication Facility (SNF)

SNF invites K-12 school classes and groups to visit our cleanroom facilities, where micro and nanotechnology devices are fabricated and researched.   We offer an array of visit and tour formats, including introductory presentations on nanoscience and nanofabrication, cleanroom gowning activities, and different types of tours (including guided window and webcam tours, including nanofabrication demos) with the opportunity to meet and talk with researchers and staff who work on our facility.  See the “SNF Tours” link on the SNF Education webpage linked above. 

Office of Science Outreach

How To Learn Math

July 14 - September 28, 2014
This free online course offers important new research ideas on learning, the brain, and math that can transform students’ experiences with math. The course is primarily for teachers and parents and others who may help students with math. It consists of short videos interspersed with various thinking tasks—such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, discussing ideas with peers in the class—to promote active engagement. The class features videos with leaders in education such as Carol Dweck, author of mindset theories, and Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity.

Science Technology and Reconstructive Surgery (STaRS) Summer Internship Program

These 7-week unpaid internships are awarded to outstanding high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in biomedicine and biological sciences. Interns work from mid-June until early August on a research project within the lab of Professor Jill Helms that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field. 

 

Stanford Math Tournament

February 14, 2015

The Stanford Math Tournament (SMT) is an annual student-run math competition for high school students held at Stanford University. SMT aims to encourage interest in math by providing students from around the world an opportunity to work on fun and challenging problems and to meet other students interested in math.

Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) Cleanroom Tours

Tours of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) Cleanroom are now offered in a variety of formats, including new live, interactive webcam-tours to classrooms. See our research equipment and facilities, and researchers working in their cleanroom gowns on the latest micro and nanotechnology.

Many types of tours are available:  Window tours (guided or self-guided) or Live, Remote Webcam Tours (from Stanford Auditorium or teacher’s classroom). More details about each tour and booking information can be found on the program website.

Stanford High School Summer College

June 20 - August 23, 2015

Stanford High School Summer College is a selective program that grants high-achieving students, ages 16 – 19, access to undergraduate education at Stanford University. This program offers an eight-week college experience that provides academic, social, and intellectual opportunities not found in a high school classroom. High School Summer College participants enroll as visiting undergraduates in Stanford’s Summer Quarter and take the same courses as matriculated Stanford students taught by Stanford faculty. Students interact with peers from across the U.S. and around the world, and have ample opportunity to explore the unique recreational activities available on campus and in the culturally rich San Francisco Bay Area. Through embracing a diversity of socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, Summer College creates an inclusive community of learning where students are challenged to reach their fullest potential—while at Stanford and beyond.

Stanford Transformative Experience in Medicine (SSTEM)

January 10 - February 7, 2015

The SSTEM program consists of 4 Saturdays; each day introduces students to four different specialties: primary care, general surgery, ophthalmology, and cardiology. Each day will include breakfast, an opening activity, health professional-led presentations, and 2-3 hands-on activities led by Stanford medical students. Students will get opportunities to suture, learn surgical knot tying, perform CPR on manikins, and dissect sheep hearts and cow eyes. In addition, students will also get an opportunity to visit Stanford for a session in the anatomy lab and a tour of the gorgeous, picturesque campus.

GeneCamp

June 15 - August 14, 2015

Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine is a hub of interdisciplinary research in genomics with a goal towards improving human health. GeneCamp offers a new 9-week internship program for high school students and undergraduates.

Sea Lion Bowl

February 28, 2015

As part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, teams of high school students compete to share their knowledge and understanding of the oceans and the human connections with the ocean. The format involves a timed competition of multiple-choice or short-answer questions within the broad category of the oceans, in a round-robin/elimination format. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans (physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, etc.) as well as from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history, policy and culture.

Teams of four students plus one alternate student compete.  Team applications only. Registration information on website.