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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. You don’t need to have a concrete plan of what you would like to do. The basic design of the research projects is provided by faculty who will guide you.
Many of these projects take place on the Stanford main campus and Hopkins Marine Stations in Pacific Grove CA. Please note some projects take Stanford students off campus - out into the field and around the world - to experience environmental, ecological and animal behavior research through already-established projects. Often, data is collected in the field and analyzed on campus.
Students will get the opportunity to work directly with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Laboratory research often involves long hours at the bench and a great attention to detail. The hours can be irregular and the results may be few and far between. Learn the details of each project from the Summer Research Project Descriptions, talk to the research sponsors, and decide if it is right for you.
We have projects in the following research areas:
Applications will not be forwarded to faculty until the deadline has passed. However, some faculty may make preliminary decisions based on students that contact them before the deadline. If you are really interested in a particular project, you are certainly welcome to contact faculty to ask any questions you might have at this point.
Coterm students are only eligible for this program if they are conferring their undergraduate degree in Summer 2011-2012 or later. If you have already conferred your undergraduate degree or plan to do so in Spring 2011-2012, you are not eligible for this program.
No. This program is only open to matriculated Stanford undergraduates.
Yes, for both SRB and FSP projects, many students have continued the work after the summer and turned it into an honors thesis.
The application requires biographical, academic, and reference information as well as one short essay. Total completion time will range from 10-30 minutes.
The application asks for two reference names and contact information, but we will not accept letters of recommendation.
Yes, students can apply to up to three projects if they wish. However, be aware that you are ranking your order of preference when you apply for more than one project, and faculty will see this ranking! Students will only be able to ultimately participate in one project over the summer.
No, this is not required, but you are welcome to contact faculty if you have additional questions about their project. It will not only help faculty put a face to a name when they receive applications, but will also give you practice in looking up various research projects and figuring out what questions you need or want to ask.
Start and end dates vary, depending on the project. The majority of projects this summer are for a full 10 weeks, with start dates as early as Monday after Commencement. This means that you should plan any vacations around the summer research commitment. The length of each project is noted on both the SRB and FSP project description pages.
Not necessarily - these projects are created for students who want to get started in the research field. That being said, some faculty might want students to have a little experience, so be sure to ask this clarification question if you contact faculty ahead of time.
No, any major is welcome to apply but some science background may be necessary, depending on the project.
Being awarded a VPUE SRB, FSP, or a major UAR grant does not guarantee on-campus housing! Please consult the Housing Assignments website for information about housing options, application procedures, and relevant deadlines.
The rate of pay varies, but all students will receive a stipend to cover their summer expenses. The maximum stipend that a student will receive is $5,600. This amount is reduced for projects that require travel, and projects that span less than 10 weeks.
Most grants cover the cost of living, lab supplies, and for field programs, transportation. Specifics vary from project to project.
No. These research positions are considered full-time for the summer so students are not permitted to also enroll in summer courses.
Undergraduate Advising & Research (UAR) offers a Major Grant for undergraduates for up to $5,600. Major Grants support substantial, in-depth projects that normally include a full-time summer commitment, and that demonstrate focused, intellectually rigorous perspectives on the topics at hand. Almost all Major Grants are awarded to students beginning an honors thesis between their junior and senior years. For more information, including application information and deadlines, see the UAR Major Grants website.
Undergraduate Advising & Research (UAR) offer other smaller grants applicable to students in science disciplines. Small Grants are intended for smaller independent student projects (including preliminary or exploratory work) and follow-up expenses associated with larger projects. Additionally, students can apply for Conference Grants if they have been invited to lead the presentation of their independent work at a professional or scholarly conference. Both are limited to $1,500 and have deadlines throughout the academic year. For more information, including application information and deadlines, see the UAR Research Grants website.