DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence) in Research Pathway

An immersive research experience and mentorship opportunity for undergraduate students.


The DRIVE (Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence) in Research Pathway aims to improve the diversity of the research workforce underrepresented in maternal and child health-related research while supporting mentorship and training.  This program is intended to maintain and grow the pathway of diverse students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. DRIVE is funded by the LPFCH Children’s Fund and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

The DRIVE in Research Pathway Program provides summer research experience and mentorship opportunities in maternal and child health research to underrepresented minorities (URM) / and first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) Stanford undergraduates.

DRIVE Program Applications Closed

2022 DRIVE Summer Research Program

Congratulations to the 2022 cohort of the DRIVE in Research Pathway program!
23 Stanford undergraduate students were selected and matched individually with an MCHRI faculty mentor to work on a maternal and child health research project over the summer.

DRIVE Advisory Board

Arline and Pete Harman Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine (Nephrology), and Director, MCHRI
DRIVE Clinical Research Lead Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Cardiology & General Pediatrics)
Professor of Pediatric Neuro-oncology
Director of Education, Department of Pediatrics
DRIVE Basic Science Lead Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)
Professor of Pediatrics (Adolescent Medicine)
Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics
Ahmed Moutwakil
DRIVE Student Representative
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Brandi Pretlow

Director, Leland Scholar Program

Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology)
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology (Pediatrics)
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (Child Adolescent Psychiatry)


Please contact MCHRI Administration at or 650-724-0279 with any questions.