Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students interested in a research experience at Stanford are encouraged to reach out to a lab of their choice, or contact the Director of Education Administration. You can start by exploring the Division web pages or by reviewing our Community Academic Profiles.


Undergraduate students often are hired as hourly employees in labs. They also can apply to the Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP), where participants are matched with a Stanford faculty member and work in one of Stanford's state-of-the-art research facilities. Applications are accepted between November and February 1st each year.

High School Student Programs


High school students can apply to the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR). The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine among high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences. Applications are due in February each year.


In addition, students can apply to the Summer Residential Program, a five-week program open to low-income sophomore and junior high school students. Applications are accepted between December and February each year.


The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) program is an intensive seven-week program for local Bay Area high school students interested in science, engineering, math and computer science. RISE targets under-represented minority (Hispanic, African American and Pacific Islander) and low-income students or those who will be the first in their families to attend college.