Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

Program Description

The program 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.

Intern Program and Benefits

Students learn about basic laboratory techniques including safety, learn the basics in the field they are studying (like stem cells or neuroscience) and gathering, analyzing and presenting scientific data. In addition, the students make scientific connections with faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows.

However, during most of the time (interns work a minimum of 40 hours; many choose to work more), interns work doing basic research along side their mentors. Interns also participate in regular lab activities like lab meetings. more

Intern Accomplishments

Our interns have made some outstanding discoveries and have been noted for a number of accomplishments. Five Interns have been selected as Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists, and one was a finalist; two interns have been named as semifinalists in the Siemens Competition in Science, Technology and Math. One received a Best Paper Award in the Synopsys Science Competition. Approximately 80% of our interns have gone on to major in science in college.

At least 13 of our interns have gone on to graduate or professional schools, majoring in biology or medicine.

Program Dates

  • December, 2013 - Application Available Online
  • February 23rd, 11:59 PM (PST), 2014 - Application Deadline
  • April 4th, 5:00 PM (PST), 2014 - Acceptance Notifications
  • June 9th - July 31st, 2014 - Program Dates
  • July 31st, 2014 - Poster Session
In the Spotlight

The results of the admissions committee are now available. Check on the status of your application here.

Three SIMR students have been named National Semifinalists and two have been named Finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. Congratulations!

Read about our new Bioengineering pilot program.

The SIMR 2014 application is now available.

Click here for another program that will be offered at Stanford next summer, Stanford EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research.

Watch three Stanford Medicine videos about SIMR students.

Seven 2011 summer interns named as Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists.

2008 summer intern selected as finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search and meets President Obama. more

Two 2007 summer interns selected as semi-finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. more

Student named Presidential Scholar by President George W. Bush. more

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