Programs in Multidisciplinary
Bio-X USRP provides an opportunity for Stanford undergraduates to conduct hands-on research, build awareness of interdisciplinary areas, and network with Bio-X faculty for 10 weeks in the summer. Participants receive a $7,500 stipend.
The Canary Center at Stanford is dedicated to early cancer detection research. As part of its efforts to train the next generation of scientists, the Canary CREST Program offers paid and unpaid 10-week summer internships for undergraduate students.
The Center for Supporting Excellence in Teaching (CSET) offers short courses focused on the development of effective instructional practices for a variety of content areas and grade levels. Dates and topics vary but many courses are focused on STEM. See especially their Content Deepening Courses and Professional Learning Design Labs.
The Stanford School of Design (d.School) K12 Lab Network offers various workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators, including Discover Design Thinking and Project Wayfinder Educator Training.
ESP/Splash! offers a Saturday or Sunday 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.
The Collaborative Haptics & Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab offers field trips and demos/presentations about haptics (i.e., the sense of touch) 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. There is no cost but the schedule fills up quickly.
This program arranges classroom visits by Chemistry graduate students to local high school and K-5 classrooms. Stanford undergraduate and graduate researchers give hour-long science lessons showcasing various scientific principles. The demonstrations will be hands-on, and the students will be actively engaged with questions posed throughout the lesson.
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 helps K-12 students tour part of campus, see a dorm room, hear college stories from undergraduates and get the scoop about college life. There is no charge for these visits.
The Engineering Research Center for Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) engages undergraduates in ReNUWIt faculty’s research labs at Stanford and partner institutions, including Colorado School of Mines, New Mexico State, and UC Berkeley.
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION. Although the university has not made any broader decisions about its summer activities, SPCS has come to the difficult decision that we cannot host students on campus for programs this summer. We will continue to provide updates about summer programs and more information about Stanford's response to the developing situation here.
RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) is an intensive 7-week summer program for local Bay Area students who spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active science or engineering 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. All RISE interns earn a $2,500 stipend.
Teachers can arrange for a visit to their local high school by Stanford researchers participating in the Science Teaching through Art (STAR) program. STAR encourages the intersection of art and science by using art and visual aids in communicating research to a general audience. There is no charge for these visits.
SMASH is a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program for high school students at Stanford, and other colleges. High potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students participate in this three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program. There is no cost to participate.
Stanford Center for Asian Healthcare Research and Education (CARE) Student Summer Internship Program
The Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) at Stanford is offering an 8-week training program and internship in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Medical Technology. Highly motivated undergraduate students and post-baccalaureates who are interested in careers in medicine, data science, artificial intelligence or Asian Health are invited to apply. Exceptionally qualified high school students who are 18 years old by June 2020 will be considered. Tuition is $5,900. There is a $100 application fee.
Are you a postdoc who has taken a non-conventional path to your current research? Do you want to mentor a young scientist who, like you, is interested in blending distinct fields of science to ask compelling research questions? The Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program provides interdisciplinary research experiences to students in the physical science, engineering, or life science fields. The program offers Stanford post-docs the opportunity to mentor and undergraduates the opportunity to gain depth in a research area complementary to their chosen or intended major.
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program offers five weeks of intensive science and health training each summer. 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. There is no cost to participate.
Stanford Online offers free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide, and a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments.
Stanford's OSA/SPIE student chapter is active in outreach to K-12 students and teachers. We offer hands-on demonstrations and exhibits at school science fairs and large science festivals, as well as classroom-style presentations. We spark students' interests in science by teaching about light. There is no charge for our outreach activities.
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. Tuition is $300.
STEM to SHTEM every summer. There is no fee to participate, but students must commit to attending the duration of the program.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford’s Summer Research Program for Teachers (SRPT) and the Teaching Engineering & Design Innovation (TEDI) program will NOT be offered in Summer 2020. We plan to resume the program in Summer 2021.
Stanford’s Summer Research Program for Teachers (SRPT) and the Teaching Engineering & Design Innovation (TEDI) program 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.
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 contact the Office of Science Outreach for advice or guidance.