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Undergraduate Research

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 Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program (Bio-X USRP) began in 2006 and has provided 856 undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct hands-on and virtual research, build awareness of interdisciplinary areas, and network with Bio-X faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and each other. This formative experience influences their subsequent work at Stanford and beyond. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic, Bio-X delivered on this promise to undergraduate cohorts of over 70 students each year and provided amazingly fruitful programs.

Photo of Pitch Johnson with a young student, standing at the student's scientific poster and smiling during discussion.

Donor Pitch Johnson with one of the Undergraduate Summer Research Program participants he sponsored.

About the Stanford Bio-X Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP):

In previous years, Bio-X has provided workshops to train students in a variety of research-related skills needed to work in a laborotory. These include reading and analyzing manuscripts, gaining the ability to formulate scientific questions, learning to design and set up experiments, preparing and presenting posters, and more. The students have also taken Health & Safety courses and learned about proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). During the summer quarter, not only do they receive a stipend that gives them the invaluable opportunity to do full-time research for ten weeks, but they also learn from Stanford faculty members during the weekly Undergraduate Research Talks. In 2020 and 2021, Bio-X pivoted to support students conducting virtual full-time research and also engaged them in highly educational virtual programming such as  journal clubs, peer share sessions, and wet lab technique training. Under the guidance of their mentors, Stanford Bio-X USRP students have conducted hands-on laboratory research as well as virtual research, thereby continuing to develop a multitude of skills, learning how to carry out experiments and overcoming challenges that cannot be anticipated in a classroom environment.

Group photo of 2018 students showing them all wearing gray shirts with their arms around each other's shoulders.

A unique component of the program, the Undergraduate Research Talks, which are given by the faculty 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 present the results of the research they had conducted during the program. In addition to the opportunity to network with colleagues, faculty members, and even professionals in other fields during the event, previous Stanford Bio-X USRP students have also mentioned that the preparation process was an extremely useful experience.

Nearly 800 Stanford undergraduates have participated in the program since it began in 2006.

Group photo of 2017 students in red shirts, bouncing a huge white ball with Bio-X logos on its sides. 


Applications for the 2022 summer cycle of the Bio-X USRP have closed. Applications for the 2023 cycle will open in Fall 2022.




Undergraduate Summer Research Program Brochures:

2021 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2020 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2019 Stanford Bio-X USRP
2018 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2017 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2016 Stanford Bio-X USRP
2015 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2014 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2013 Stanford Bio-X USRP
2012 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2011 Stanford Bio-X USRP 2010 Stanford Bio-X USRP
2009 Stanford Bio-X USRP Watch videos of the talks! Learn how to get involved!