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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 (Stanford Bio-X USRP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to conduct hands-on research, build awareness of interdisciplinary areas, and network with Stanford Bio-X faculty. This formative experience influences their subsequent graduate work at Stanford and beyond.

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):

Students apply and are accepted into the program during the fall. In the spring, Bio-X provides 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 also take Health & Safety courses and learn about proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). During the summer quarter, they receive a stipend that gives them the invaluable opportunity to do hands-on, full-time research for ten weeks. Under the guidance of their mentors, Stanford Bio-X USRP students continue to develop these skills, learn how to carry out experiments in the laboratory and overcome challenges that cannot be anticipated in a classroom environment.

Aside from making full-time research possible due to stipend support, the Stanford 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.

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 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 Stanford Bio-X USRP students have also mentioned that the preparation process was an extremely useful experience.

Well over 700 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 2020 summer cycle of the Bio-X USRP have closed. Applications for the 2021 Bio-X USRP will open in Fall of 2020.



Undergraduate Summer Research Program Brochures:

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 the Talks