The program is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
Students learn about basic laboratory techniques including safety, learn the basics in the field they are studying (like stem cells or neuroscience) and gathering, analyzing and presenting scientific data. In addition, the students make scientific connections with faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows.
However, during most of the time (interns work a minimum of 40 hours; many choose to work more), interns work doing basic research along side their mentors. Interns also participate in regular lab activities like lab meetings.
The program is for high school students who are juniors and seniors in the school year prior to the summer of the program.
Students must also be 16 years old or older by the start of the program.
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card in order to apply.
Application requirements: application form, grade report/transcript and letters of recommendation
Student Recieves: a stipend of $1,500
Participant Pays: transportation and housing or room and board