Teaching and Mentoring

The Biosciences Peer Mentors (BioPeers) provide free and private peer-to-peer support for the Biosciences graduate student community. BioPeers are graduate students in their second year or higher who have volunteered to help their peers cope with the feelings of stress, inadequacy, or uncertainty that are often experienced during graduate school. BioPeers are trained to provide nonjudgmental support through listening, informal counseling techniques, and campus and community referrals.

College Track
Our mission is to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college. By helping our students maximize the value of their college degree—minimize student loan debt, secure internships, and limit the need to work while in college—we prepare today’s youth to succeed in the 21st century economy.

East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA)
Stanford students work with local middle school youth as tutors and mentors through the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy (EPASA) program. Students provide one-on-one weekend tutoring during the school year, and/or work full-time with youth in EPASA's summer program.

East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring (EPATT)
EPATT is a non-profit youth development organization for K-12th grade students. Our program creates effective partnerships with families, schools, and volunteers to achieve academic and athletic success. Through one-on-one tutoring, tennis instruction, and parent coaching, we prepare students for a productive future.

Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST)
FAST is a program where Stanford University graduate students mentor Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST) toward achieving their goals of answering open questions in science and engineering clever solutions to problems in their society. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors of Andrew P Hill High School and James Lick High School meet with Stanford PhD students during afternoons of two Saturdays each month. The goal is to brainstorm projects and carry out experiments / build prototypes between September and February. In late January through March, high school students present their work at local science fairs, state science fairs, and at a Symposium at Stanford University.

Foundation for a College Education (FCE)
The vision of FCE is to create a community where higher education is attainable. By engaging both students and parents in our work, we aim to create a community of learners who are armed with the right tools and information. Together, they play a pivotal role in sharing this information with other families about how best to take advantage of school resources and navigate the college admissions process, thus catalyzing change in the larger community.

Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.

Science Bus
The Science Bus is an after-school science program run by Stanford University students at the East Palo Alto Charter School. The program aims to enrich the school's regular science curriculum through a series of lessons, events and field trips, which we develop. Tutors are always needed! We engage the students in three main activities during the school year: Science Topics, Science Fair, and Science Olympics.

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)
The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) 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.
Cancer Biology students: Katherine Pogrebniak

Stanford Medical Youth Summer Program (SMYSP)
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is a five-week residential enrichment program focused on science and medicine that is open to low-income and underrepresented minority high school sophomores and juniors who live in Northern and Central California.

Splash is a program that brings students in grades 8-12 from everywhere to Stanford's campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates. See how you can get involved.

Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)
The SSRP-Amgen Scholars Program is a fully-funded research-intensive residential program that takes place on Stanford’s beautiful campus for a nine-week period. Participants are matched with a member of Stanford’s distinguished faculty and work in one of our state-of-the-art research facilities. Each participant works with both a faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects and involves a broad range of research techniques that are feasible within the nine-week period. The program culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks and posters on their summer projects in front of their peers, faculty, lab mentors, University administrators, and general public.

The Tech
The Stanford Department of Genetics offers graduate students and post-docs in any biology department the chance to work at The Tech Museum of Innovation (The Tech) for one morning/week for two quarters. You'll get on the job training in presenting science to the public in person and in writing.