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Undergraduate Research in Stanford Departments, Programs, and Research Centers

Many Stanford departments and programs sponsor an undergraduate research program that provides financial support for students to work with Stanford professors on faculty-designed research projects.  Programs generally take place over the summer, but many support research during the regular academic year as well. 

For any Departmental Program, students must apply directly to departments and programs, rather than through the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE).  For summer programs, deadlines are often in the Winter Quarter.  Program deadlines and specifics are available at the links below or via contacting the department or program directly.

Can't find a relevant department listed below? Reach out to the Student Services Officers in your department of interest to learn about ongoing research.

21-22 Programs funded by VPUE

Department/Program/Research Center Contact
Aeronautics & Astronautics Jenny Scholes
American Studies Amy Potemski
Anesthesiology - Division of Pain Medicine Corinne Jung
Anesthesiology - Pain and Perioperative Medicine Hui Wang
Archaeology Center Maria Guillen
Bill Lane Center for the American West Stephanie Burbank
Bioengineering Gracey Hessinger
Bioengineering - International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM)
Biology - 
Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP)
Teri Hankes
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) Rigoberto Marquez
Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA)
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)  Andrea Gray
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)
Center of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Kristen Chandler
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)  Priya Shanker
Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI)
Chemical Engineering John Whitney
Chemistry Wenlin He
Civil and Environmental Engineering Alexandria Boehm
Clayman Institute for Gender Research Shivani Mehta
Communication - Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL) Brian Beams
Computer Science - Computer Undergrad Research Internships Science (CURIS) Yesenia Gallegos
Developmental Biology Alistair Boettiger
Economics Joanne DeMarchena
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics Chaya Nanavati
Haas Center for Public Service Luke Terra
Human Biology Katherine Preston
Humanities Center Jenny Martinez
Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) A-lan Holt
King Center on Global Development Corinne Thomas
Linguistics Lisa Woodcock
Management Science and Engineering Lori Cottle
Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute Tenisha Hart Armstrong
Materials Science and Engineering Rajan Kumar
Maternal and Child Health Research Institute - Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence (DRIVE)
Mathematical & Computational Science Amanda Kuhn
Mathematics - Stanford Undergraduate Research Institute in Mathematics (SURIM)
Mechanical Engineering Michelle Lucas Rice
Mechanical Engineering - Solar Car Project Michelle Lucas Rice
Philosophy Nadeem J.Z. Hussain
Physics Chaya Nanavati
Political Science and International Relations - Summer Research College  Michael Tomz
Precourt Institute for Energy - Summer Undergraduate Program on Energy Research (SUPER) Sarah Weaver
Psychology Andrea Sims
Public Policy John Cho 
Radiology - Canary Cancer Research Education Summer Training Program (CREST)
Radiology - Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL) Barbara Bonini
School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences - The Stanford Earth Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SESUR) Jenny Saltzman
Symbolic Systems Lisa Woodcock
Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS) Rush Rehm
Urban Studies Michael Kahan
VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab Karen How
Woods Institute for the Environment - Mentoring Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Research (MUIR) Brian Sharbono
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute - Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Opportunity (NeURO)

Need help with your independent project?

All students should schedule a meeting with their Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) as they write their proposal. UADs are well-versed with all VPUE Undergraduate Research grants.