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Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP)

Funded Spring and Summer Research in Biology

The Department of Biology, using funds from various sources including the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), offers paid research internships to current Stanford undergraduates who want to spend the spring or  summer quarter participating in ongoing faculty research projects to learn biological research methods. Participating students are usually sophomores who have completed at least one of the Biology Foundations or HumBio Core courses or are especially well-prepared freshmen. Extensive experience is not required; the basic design of the research projects is provided by faculty who will guide you.

Most of these projects take place on the Stanford main campus and Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA. Some projects take Stanford students out of the area or even out of the country 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 descriptions below and consider talking to the research sponsors to decide if it is right for you.

2021 B-SURP Project Descriptions

Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2021 by 11:59pm PST.



Application Process

Interested Stanford undergraduates should fill out the online application, which will go live November 13, 2020. Students may select their top 1-3 project choices, in order of preference. All applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 14, 2021 by 11:59pm PST. Faculty will review applications and may choose to bring applicants in for interviews. All applicants will be notified of their status around mid-February 2021.

Spring Quarter Application 

Summer Quarter Application

NOTE: The application is only ONE page. Please do not submit test applications.


Funds may only support current Stanford undergraduates. Co-terminal MS or MA students may be supported only if their undergraduate degree will not be conferred before the conclusion of the project. Students are only eligible in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 quarters by taking a Flex Term and must have completed two full - time enrolled quarters this academic year by the time their B-SURP project begins-these quarters do not have to be consecutive. Students may take their Flex Term on campus in their cohort-designated quarter in Spring or Summer IF participating in an approved research project. Participation in the  B-SURP program does not make you eligible to live on campus during your Flex Term. International students must consult with Bechtel before attempting to take a Flex Term without three quarters of full-time enrollment first.

Restrictions: B-SURP interns are not permitted to engage in another full-time internship, job, or volunteer opportunity (whether funded by Stanford or otherwise). Students may not receive both academic credit and stipend for any single project activity. Students receiving full summer stipends may not register for more than 5 units of coursework, nor may they work for more than 10 hours per week outside of their project experience.

Housing: Room, board, house dues and other academic expenses are paid by the student. Students are responsible for paying their university summer bill, which will include any other academic expenses incurred. Please consult the housing office for more information regarding rates and summer housing deadlines.


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