Overview

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) offers a five-week medical summer residential program for low-income and underrepresented minority students from select counties in Northern and Central California. 

Program Overview
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program bolsters students’ science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers and a taste of life as an undergraduate on campus. The twenty-four admitted participants in grades 10 and 11 work closely with Stanford faculty, researchers, students, and Stanford Health Care Hospital 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 also receive one-on-one and group college admission counseling as well as guidance in essay and resume writing. They also attend lectures by Stanford faculty and medical professionals and serve a hospital internship. 

Eligibility
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is open to low-income and/or underrepresented minority high school sophomores and juniors who live in Northern and Central California. You qualify and are invited to apply if you:

  • Are a current sophomore or 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. Preference is given to students who are juniors at the time of their application.
  • 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—and there are no exceptions: 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.

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