Genetics Diversity Summer Program

The Genomics Diversity Summer Program (GDSP) brings undergraduate students to Stanford every summer for a research-intensive residential program. GDSP aims to produce a more diverse scientific community that is able to bring additional perspectives into healthcare and basic science research to effectively serve and impact populations at a local and national level. GDSP is part of the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP) umbrella, which provides the opportunity for scholars to live on campus and conduct research while being part of a tight-knit community. 

GDSP scholars participate in a fully-funded 9-week summer research program, where they work in laboratories affiliated with the Genetics department and receive training in a wide variety of research techniques. In turn, GDSP scholars become a part of the SSRP community and our Stanford Genetics network while obtaining rigorous laboratory experience. Beyond research experience, GDSP helps prepare its scholars for applying to PhD programs by addressing the career, academic, and personal needs of each student.

Program activities conducted with SSRP

The goal of GDSP is to provide talented undergraduates in STEM a valuable research opportunity in genomics, regardless of previous research experience
. We achieve this goal in the following steps: 

●  9 weeks of full-time research in conjunction with a faculty mentor and a primary lab mentor (e.g. current PhD student, postdoctoral fellow, and/or staff scientist) 

● Peer mentorship by current graduate students, including social events.

● Workshops on networking, career development, and the PhD or MD/PhD admissions process. 


● A final oral and poster presentation of scholars’ research to the Stanford Biosciences community sponsored by SSRP.

How to Apply

Applications open in November and are due in February each year. Interested students should submit their application through the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP) application portal.

See SSRP Criteria and Application Requirements for more information, as well as the SSRP Frequently Asked Questions page.

2019 cohort of Stanford Summer Research Program scholars.

Want to learn more?

Please visit the Stanford Summer Research Program website for more details on undergraduate research programs. 

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