Standford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP)

The SMYSP Summer Residential Program (SRP) is an annual five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program that takes place from mid-June to late July, and is held on the campus of Stanford University. It is open to low-income and ethnically diverse high school sophomores and juniors who live in northern and central California. There is no cost to participants.

SMYSP offers students:

  • a full scholarship for the Summer Residential Program covering student expenses including tuition, books, classroom fees, and room and board.
  • an intense and rewarding educational experience.
  • staff members who work with each student’s innate talents to broaden understanding of the basic sciences, health and social sciences.
  • an opportunity to attend lectures given by Stanford professors, medical professionals and staff members.
  • to participate in computer and writing seminars, and anatomy and pathology laboratory workshops.
  • real-world hospital experience wherein participants are placed in a volunteer internship two days per week at either the Stanford Hospital & Clinics or the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital.
  • a mentor who is a Stanford medical student, graduate student or health professional.
  • opportunities to develop leadership skills to be effective leaders and role models in their school and communities.
  • letters of recommendation to its graduates for college applications, scholarships or job applications for participants as needed.
  • opportunities to develop important friendships; living, eating, and working with other students for five weeks is a great way to get to know people really well

You qualify for the SMYSP Summer Residential Program and are invited to apply if you:

  • are currently a sophomore or junior in high school who lives and attends school in one of the northern or central California counties from which we recruit. Preference is given to students who are juniors.
  • are from a low-income family, and/or a family with little or no history of attending college.
  • have demonstrated interest in science classes and have received a B-average in some of them.
  • have demonstrated an interest in medicine- and health-related careers, and show maturity, intelligence, initiative and curiosity about the world around you.

Applications become available mid- to late-December each year.

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