Introducing undergraduates to the excitement of interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of knowledge is essential for training a new generation to participate in discovery. The Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program (Bio-X USRP) provides an opportunity for these undergraduate students to conduct hands-on research, build awareness of interdisciplinary areas, and network with Bio-X faculty. This formative experience influences their subsequent graduate work at Stanford and beyond.
Students accepted into the program receive a stipend that gives them the invaluable opportunity to do hands-on, full-time research for ten weeks during the summer quarter. Under the guidance of their mentors, Bio-X USRP students learn how to carry out experiments in the laboratory, develop the skills to read and analyze scientific literature, and overcome challenges that cannot be anticipated in a classroom environment.
Aside from making full-time research possible due to stipend support, the Bio-X USRP provides additional invaluable learning opportunities for its undergraduate cohort through weekly Undergraduate Research Talks and a poster session at the conclusion of the program.
A unique component of the program, the Undergraduate Research Talks, which are given by the mentors of our student awardees, expose students to a variety of scientific fields and enrich their summer research experience. This is a unique opportunity for students to hear more about the broad range of research within Stanford, to meet faculty in a variety of scientific fields, and to network with each other as potential future collaborators and colleagues.
At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to present their research in a poster session. Aside from the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty members, and even professionals in other fields during the event, previous Bio-X USRP students have also mentioned that the preparation process was an extremely useful experience.
241 undergraduates have participated in the program since 2006, and Bio-X will once again be holding the program in the summer of 2014.
Applications for the 2015 summer cycle of the Bio-X USRP are now available. Complete applications must be received, not postmarked, by March 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm PST.