Welcome to the Undergraduate Pre-Renal Initiative

Stanford's Pre-Renal Initiative seeks to develop a thriving research training program in adult and pediatric nephrology and (benign) urology for undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds. During the 10-week summer program, students work full-time in the labs and clinics of Pre-Renal Faculty Mentors. Throughout the summer, additional programming is provided in the form of renal science seminars, professional development seminars, social events, and career path conversations with faculty, students, and industry professionals. The program ends with an opportunity for participants to present their research experience at the National Institutes of Health. If selected for the program, housing and a living stipend will be provided as well travel expenses for the NIH presentation at the end of the program. Currently, Stanford is following the guidance of the county and the state with regards to COVID 19 restrictions, and it may be the case that this program will be offered virtually during Summer 2021.

-- Vivek Bhalla, MD | Program Director

Vivek Bhalla, MD

Program Director


Glenn Chertow, MD, MPH

Career Sponsor


Pedram Fatehi, MD, MPH

Clinical and Didactics Course Director

We are thrilled to welcome Stanford's 2021 Cohort for the Pre-Renal Initiative Summer Program. Please follow this summer's program on social media and check back in Fall 2021 for details on the next application cycle. 

Program Overview

Dive into the coursework, professional development opportunities and other activities Pre-Renal students take part in


Meet the team that guides our Pre-Renal trainees through this program

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