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High School &
Undergraduate Programs

Stanford Medicine has a number of opportunities for high school students and undergraduates at Stanford and other schools preparing for a future in medicine or science.

Undergraduate Programs

Canary Cancer Research Education Summer Training Program (CREST)

This 10-week program matches participants with a faculty mentor who helps them craft a research project in a state-of-the-art lab.

Dia de los Muertos Pre-Health Conference

This day-long event provides academic, professional, cultural and social support to Chicanos and Latinos pursuing careers in the areas of science, medicine and public health. The three Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (C.H.E.) groups in the Bay Area (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford) rotate hosting the annual conference.


Stanford Summer Research Program

This fully-funded residential program helps undergraduates of diverse backgrounds prepare for PhD programs in the sciences.

Stanford Summer Premedical Programs

This six-week residential program targets community college students in the Northern California region, providing exposure to medicine and health through a variety of topics.

Undergraduate Pre-Renal Initiative

Stanford's Pre-Renal Initiative seeks to develop a thriving research training program for undergraduate students in adult and pediatric nephrology and (benign) urology. During the 10-week summer program, students work full-time in the labs and clinics of Pre-Renal Faculty Mentors.

Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Pre-Health Conference

Ideal for undergraduate students considering medicine as a career, this day-long conference offers an in-depth experience of what it takes to enter the medical field and succeed.

Cardinal Free Clinics

Cardinal Free Clinics educate and empower the next generation of health care leaders through internships to proactively address health disparities and improve access to care in their communities.

Ethnicity and Medicine

A spring lecture series that challenges undergraduate students to explore how culture and language impact the effectiveness of clinical encounters.

Learn more about the Ethnicity and Medicine course

Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)

LEAP is a project-based seminar series designed for Bay Area premedical students seeking structured leadership development while improving community health and wellness.

Learn more about LEAP

For Both High School Students & Undergraduates

Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute

An engaging two-week program for undergraduates and high school students interested in exploring careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), medicine, and health technology. Stanford faculty mentor students as they work towards solving real healthcare design challenges. 

Stanford Cardiovascular Surgery Internship

This internship is designed for high school and undergraduate students considering careers in cardiovascular physiology and incorporates commonly used medical and surgical techniques.

Stanford Clinical Internship

A two-week program for premed undergraduates and motivated high school students interested in medicine. The curriculum includes lectures about medical specialties, laboratory learning opportunities, and sessions with current students and medical school admissions officers.

Civic Engagement Symposium

This symposium explores multidisciplinary approaches toward improving health, illness, and wellness. Presenters have have developed and implemented community health – related projects, events, activities, programs and initiatives with a community or educational partner.

Stanford STARS Internship Program

Interns with the Science, Technology, and Reconstructive Surgery (STaRS) summer program spend seven weeks mastering basic lab techniques, participating in research projects, and presenting their work, all under the mentorship of experienced researchers.

High School Programs

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Program

This eight-week program gives high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral scholars and students on a medically oriented project.

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

This fully funded summer residential program helps low-income and ethnically underrepresented sophomore and junior high school students from Northern California to prepare for careers in medicine. 

SMASH Medical Curriculum

A free-of-cost, STEM-intensive college preparation program for underrepresented and low-income high school students, this five-week program is comprised of five sessions designed to expose the students to a range of healthcare careers. 

Stanford EXPLORE

This four-week lecture series provides an introduction to current research conducted by faculty in Stanford Medicine's Institutes of Medicine, as well as research in the fields of bioengineering and genetics. 

Clinical Neuroscience Immersion Experience at Stanford

This intensive one- or two-week summer program includes interactive seminars with Stanford faculty and researchers, and two-week participants will work on a team to develop innovative solutions to social issues related to psychiatry, psychology or neuroscience.

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