VPUE-Sponsored Summer Research in BiologyThe 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.
There are two VPUE-funded summer research programs to which students (particularly freshmen and sophomores) are strongly encouraged to apply:
- Summer Research in Biology (SRB) Program. This on-campus Summer Research in Biology Program offers internships to Stanford students to join participating faculty members in their labs for already-establised projects.
- Field Studies Program (FSP). This program takes 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.
UAR Major Grants
Undergraduate Advising & Research (UAR) offers a Major Grant for undergraduates for up to $6,000. 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.
Other Grants From UAR
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.