Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP)

The Department of Biology, using funds from various sources including the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), offers full-time paid research internships to current Stanford undergraduates who want to spend summer quarter participating in faculty research projects to learn biological research methods. 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.

Project Descriptions

2023 B-SURP Projects


The Application

2023 Application Procedure

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, by 11:59 pm PST

Extended Submission Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2023, by 11:59 pm PST

Interested Stanford undergraduates should fill out the online application. Projects for 2023 will be posted as they become available. Students may select their top 1-3 project choices, in order of preference. All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, January 24, 2023 by 11:59pm PST. Faculty will review applications and may choose to bring applicants in for interviews. All applicants will be notified of their application status.

Apply Here! 

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

Additional Information

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Please visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions. 


The B-SURP program is internally funded by Stanford and is intended for Stanford undergraduate students only. Co-term MS or MA students may be supported only if their undergraduate degree will not be conferred before the conclusion of the project.  

 For full eligibility requirements, please visit VPUE's student eligibility requirements web page.


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-time 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. Rising seniors who are conducting Honors research should apply for a Major Grant directly from Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR).


Stipend Amounts

Full-time stipends are awarded at $7,500.

Need-Based Supplements

Students who qualify can also receive a supplement up to an additional $1,500. The need-based supplement will be determined by the Undergraduate Research office, based on information from the Financial Aid Office (FAO). Students who wish to be considered for the need-based supplement must give VPUE permission to ask FAO for an assessment of their financial need. No actual financial information is revealed to VPUE or to the Department of Biology, and students do not need to contact FAO directly. Students who do NOT sign a contract and waiver form will not be considered for a financial need-based supplement. 

Important Dates and Commitments

  • Completed application no later than Tuesday, January 24, 2023 by 11:59pm PST.
  • The full-time ten-week commitment to the program is from June 26th to September 1st, 2023.
  • B-SURP poster symposium is currently scheduled for Thursday, August 31st, 2023.


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.

Still Have Questions?

Email Patricia Ayala Macias at ayalamac [at]