Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) is a five-week medical summer program for low-income and/or underrepresented students from select counties in Northern and Central California.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) will be held in an online format this summer. As our residential program has done for over 30 years, this online program will continue to provide intensive coursework in medicine and health science, professional development workshops, networking opportunities with health professions and faculty, a college-level public health research project, and advising on college planning.
During the program and beyond, participants are mentored by faculty, health professionals, and college students on preparing for college, navigating careers in medicine, and becoming a leader today.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program bolsters students’ science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers and empowering them to begin their path to college and beyond. The thirty admitted students work closely with Stanford faculty, researchers, students, and health care professionals.
SMYSP follows both a mentoring and team approach to learning and encourages peer teaching. This approach fosters an atmosphere that is supportive, without an emphasis on testing or competition. Special attention is given to developing leadership and interpersonal skills, with offerings such as workshops and discussions on networking, public speaking, and multicultural issues.
Program participants engage in a variety of activities to advance the academic, professional, and social development of our students, including:
- medicine and public health lectures by Stanford Faculty,
- virtual tours of hospital and health care organizations,
- college admissions workshops,
- completion of a health disparities research project,
- and more!
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is open to low-income and/or underrepresented high school juniors who live in Northern and Central California. You qualify and are invited to apply if you:
- Are a current junior high school student (at the time of your application) who lives and attends high school in one of the 20 Northern or Central California counties from which we recruit.
- Are from a low-income family whose members have little or no history of attending college.
- Have demonstrated an interest in science and have received a B-average in some of your science classes.
- Have demonstrated an interest in medicine and/or health-related careers and show maturity, intelligence, initiative, and curiosity about the world around you.
Only applications received from the following California counties will be considered: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.
The program recognizes, however, that personal circumstances may prevent some students from demonstrating their full academic potential. Therefore, SMYSP doesn't only look for A-average student and will consider academically motivated students with a 2.75 or greater GPA. If you fall into such a category, we encourage you to apply. Please note that you must have taken adequate science and math courses to understand the lectures and labs.
This program is tuition-free to all participants.
Cost and Session Information
This program is tution-free for all participants.
2021 Program Dates
June 21–July 23, 2021