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Programs in Earth Sciences

Summer Research Program for Teachers/CERTS

June 13 - August 5, 2016

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 $9,000 for the summer and into the school year.

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. 

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. 

RISE Summer Internship Program

June 15 - August 3, 2016

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. 

Stanford Earth Young Investigators

June 14, 2016

At the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, high school students spend the summer working in research laboratories. The students become involved in existing research projects and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. This program enables graduate students to serve as supervisors, prepares high schools students for college and helps strengthen the connections between Stanford and local high schools.  We offer several different options, with different areas of focus and time commitments. Applicants can apply to more than one option.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE)

June 17 - August 13, 2016

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.

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 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. Program fee of $250 or $375 per quarter.