Stanford Summer Community College Research Program (SSCCrP)

This Community College Program promotes and nurtures science literacy, aptitude, and interest by providing talented and motivated community college URM students exposure to science in an exciting, committed, supportive environment through mentorship and scholarly pursuit. 

This program is a joint collaboration with the Office of Diversity in Medical Education and the Department of Pediatrics. This opportunity was created to increase the number of underrepresented minority, low income or first-generation (URM) community college students who are committed to and well positioned for careers in the sciences and medicine.  The program begins with weekly meetings aimed at preparing participants to transition to a full-time research internship (40 hours per week) in a lab with a Stanford faculty mentor for 7-12 weeks, between June and August.

Program Goals

  • Provide hands-on exposure to scientific research
  • Connect students with mentors who will assist them in their pursuit of scientific scholarship and education. Research interns will be exposed to various scientific experiences, conducting either basic, behavioral or clinical research projects.
  • Improve community college transfer applications among students who might otherwise have more limited educational choices.
  • Participation in this internship program will help selectees create competitive research portfolios.


Participants receive a modest research stipend. The application deadline is March 1, 2023.

Application Process

Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by April 1, and the program will begin on June 2, 2023.

There is one application for both the premedical and research programs.

Link to the application

The Stanford Summer Community College Research Program (SSCCRP) application is OPEN and will close on March 1, 2023, 11:59pm.


Attend an information session to learn more about the program: 

Monday, January 30, 2023 at 7pm - Advance registration required


For more information please see the SSCCrP FAQs

Message from the Co-Directors

Welcome to the 4th year of our SSCCrP program.  I am so excited to invite community college students interested in biomedical, behavioral, and health sciences to participate in this enriching summer program. Not only will you participate in science, but you will also meet new people with similar interests and will learn about the scientific process from a diverse set of mentors.  You will also learn about careers in science and medicine, and different pathways to attain those goals.

I look forward to meeting and welcoming you!


Learn more about my work here:

Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, FSAHM (pronouns: she/her)
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Taube Endowed Research Faculty Scholar
Professor (by courtesy), Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor (by courtesy), Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Co-Director, SSCCRP

Hello Aspirant Research Scholars!

Despite the many challenges we all have experienced due to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, we have seen tremendous triumph in the stories of many. It is my hope that you will have a role in answering the pertinent research questions of our time in order to improve the health and wellness of all of our societal neighbors! Applying to this and subsequent programs puts you on track to address complex societal health challenges using basic, behavioral, clinical and other sciences to improve the medicine and science behind the therapies and sometimes, the cures. This program, though new and quite small, has a mighty alumni network across several programs designed to facilitate competitive and successful entry into medicine and science.

I look forward to counting YOU as part of that amazing network!

Marcella Anthony, MPA
Assistant Director, Community Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement
Stanford Office of Diversity in Medical Education (ODME)
Program Director, Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)
Program Director, Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP)
Co-Director, Stanford Summer Community College Research Program (SSCCRP)