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Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program


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.



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

1) Students must currently be juniors or seniors.

2) Students must also be 16 years old or older by the start of the program.

3)  Students must be living in the U.S. and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a green card in order to apply.

Important Note:  The selection process will heavily favor local (Bay Area) students. Please visit the FAQ for more information.  Also, students must be able to start the program on June 15, 2020.  



  • Due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we will NOT be accepting applications for the summer 2021 program.  We realize that this comes as terrible news for many of you who had been planning to apply. Unfortunately, the pandemic is unlikely to be over by the time SIMR would start, and we have been forced to cancel plans to solicit applications for summer 2021. We are hopeful that SIMR will be able to return to in-person activities in summer 2022.
  • For SIMR students who were accepted for summer 2020 but then deferred until this year, we plan to develop a limited, virtual internship program this spring to then launch in summer 2021. We will provide more details in late January or early February, once the magnitude of the ongoing pandemic is known.
  • This has been a horrible year for all of us, and we wish we had better news. We ask that you wear a mask, practice distancing and other public health measures, avoid gatherings, and stay safe and healthy over the holidays.  

SIMR Student at the Bench