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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.

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 1 - July 31, 2015

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. 

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.

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 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.


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.


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.