Stanford Medical Youth Science Program Summer Residential Program

Stanford University
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Observation, High School Students


The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) Summer Residential Program is an annual five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program that takes place from mid-June to late July, and is held on the Stanford University campus.

The Summer Residential Program bolsters student’s science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers. In order to be eligible, students must be able to attend the entire duration of the program and work and attend programming activities seven days per week. Students live in a residence house on the Stanford campus for the entirety of the program, and family members are invited to visit each Sunday morning.

The Summer Residential Program offers its participants:

  • A full scholarship
  • An intense and rewarding educational experience
  • Staff members who work with each student to broaden his or her understanding of the basic sciences, health and social sciences
  • An opportunity to attend lectures given by Stanford University professors, medical professionals and staff members
  • An opportunity to participate in computer and writing seminars, and anatomy and pathology laboratory workshops
  • A real-world hospital experience through a volunteer internship two days per week at either the Stanford Hospital & Clinics or the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital
  • A mentor who is a Stanford medical student, graduate student or health professional
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills to be effective leaders and role models in the students’ school and community
  • Opportunities to develop important friendships

In addition, Summer Residential Program participants receive one-on-one and group college admissions counseling, essay and resume writing guidance, presentation skills and PowerPoint training. A full-time staff of ten Stanford undergraduate students directs the program and lives with participants during the five weeks.

Special attention is given to developing leadership and interpersonal skills, with offerings such as workshops and discussions on networking, public speaking and multicultural issues. The atmosphere is supportive, and without an emphasis placed on testing or competition. Rather, SMYSP follows a team approach to learning and encourages peer teaching.

The Summer Residential Program is an intense academic enrichment program, and as such, innovative and enjoyable group activities will keep participants busy from morning until night. There is not a lot of downtime, so applicants must be prepared to work hard!


The Summer Residential Program is open to low-income and/or underrepresented minority high school sophomores and juniors who live in Northern and Central California. You qualify and are invited to apply if you:

  • Are a current sophomore or junior high school student (at the time of your application) who lives and attends high school in one of the 20 Northern or Central California counties from which we recruit. Preference is given to students who are juniors at the time of their application.
  • Are from a low-income family whose members have little or no history of attending college.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in science and have received a B-average in some of your science classes.
  • Have demonstrated an interest in medicine and/or health-related careers and show maturity, intelligence, initiative, and curiosity about the world around you.

Only applications received from the following California counties will be considered – and there are no exceptions: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.

Students who don’t meet these basic eligibility requirements aren’t eligible to apply for this program. Exceptions cannot be made.

The program recognizes, however, that personal circumstances may prevent some students from demonstrating their full academic potential. Therefore, SMYSP doesn’t only look for A-average student and will consider academically motivated students with a 2.75 or greater GPA. If you fall into such a category, we encourage you to apply. Please note that you must have taken adequate science and math courses to understand the lectures and labs. This program is tuition-free to all participants.