Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program 2017, USA

Publish Date: Sep 29, 2016

Deadline: Feb 25, 2017

Program Description 

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.

Eligibility requirements

All of the following requirements must be met (no exceptions):

  • Students must currently be juniors or seniors as of the fall of 2016 and must be in the graduating class of 2017 or 2018.
  • Students must also be 16 years old or older by the start of the program (June 12, 2017).
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card in order to apply.

Application Proccess 

  • ONLINE APPLICATION: Applicants must apply online through the application portal that can be found on our website. The online application will be available on December 15th. Please click the “Application” link on the left side of the home page. Detailed instructions are included in the next section (B) of this document about exact steps to follow to create an account.
  • APPLICATION FEE: There is a $40 application fee for all students. Students with a family income under $80,000 may choose to waive the fee. Also, students may select to waive this fee for other financial hardships reasons or for special circumstances. Detailed instructions are included in part B below of this document including methods of payment as well as information about how to request a fee waiver.
  • ANNOUNCEMENT OF ACCEPTED STUDENTS: We will email all students during the last week of March regarding the status of their application. As a courtesy, please DO NOT call or email us regarding the status of your application prior to that date and please do not ask for an earlier review. If you do not receive an email by the first week of April, please email us:

Important dates (SUMMER 2017)

DECEMBER 15, 2016 (TUES.)- Application Available Online

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 (SAT.)- Application Due (11:59pm Pacific Standard Time)

JUNE 12, 2017 (MON.)- Start of Program

AUGUST 3, 2017 (THURS.)- End of Program

Who is the SIMR Summer Research Program for?

Students who are applying to the 2017 summer program must be high school juniors or seniors in the spring of 2017 (graduating class of 2017 or 2018). Students must also be 16 years old or older by the program start date (June 12, 2017).  The program is open to all US citizens (and permanent residents/green-card holders). Housing/transportation are not provided by the program.  Underrepresented minorities, women, and those who are historically underrepresented in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply but all students are eligible to apply. 

How many students participate in the program?

This year we are expecting about 50-60 students.  The actual number will depend on the number of participating labs and our funding sources.

Is there a cost to attend the program?

There is a $40 application fee to apply.  The application fee will be waived if your gross family income is under $80,000 or if you have special circumstances that make it difficult to pay.  If you need to waive the fee, you can indicate this on the online application.  If selected to participate in the program, there is no cost for any student. All students in research labs are given a $500 minimum stipend. Stipends of $1500 and above are given on a needs-based system from special grants. 

Is on-campus housing provided?

Unfortunately, the program does not offer any housing. If you are 18 or over, you can try to apply for Stanford Summer Housing. This office is not affiliated with our program so if you are selected for the program, you must apply separately to the Summer Housing office if you are interested.

What is the application fee?


Can you pick your lab/institute?

On the application you will rank the institute in which you prefer to work. If accepted, you will be given a list of faculty who have offered to host students in their labs and their research topics which you will rank again. Please do not contact Faculty on your own for the lab placement.

What is the poster session?

This is the highlight of the summer for the SIMR program where students will present a poster of their research project. Family, teachers, and Stanford community members (faculty, students, and staff) join us to view the posters and speak with the students about their research. The poster session will be held in the evening before the last day of the program. A special talk on how to put together a research poster will be given during the first couple of weeks by the Faculty Director of the program.

Do I have to be there all 8 weeks?

Students must participate in all 8 weeks of the program and are required to attend the orientation and all safety sessions. Students will spend approximately 40 hours/week in the program (Monday through Friday, approximately 8 hours/day). Students should not be here on the weekends.

What if I don't live in the Bay Area?

In past years, students from outside the Bay Area (i.e., more than a 1 hour commute to Stanford) have been eligible to apply. However, starting in summer 2016, the selection process will strongly favor local students due to various grant requirements. Non-local students can still apply, but their chances of admission will be much lower.  Due to special grants for housing stipends, we still strongly encourage non-local students from underrepresented groups (including those with an annual family income under $80,000) who are at least 18 to apply.  We realize that many potential applicants will be unhappy with this change in policy, but SIMR has limited funding and staffing, and as a result we are focusing our efforts on students from the Bay Area.  There are other summer programs at Stanford that accept applicants from anywhere in the U.S. and you may find more information at the website of the university. 

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