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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.

23-24 Programs funded by VPUE

Department/Program/Research CenterContact
Aeronautics & AstronauticsJenny Scholes
American StudiesAn Truong Nguyen
Anesthesiology - Division of Pain MedicineCorinne Jung
Anesthesiology - Perioperative & Pain MedicineMonica Vidal
Archaeology CenterAnalicia Leiva Riegert
Bill Lane Center for the American WestEsther C Conrad
BioengineeringGracey Hessinger
Bioengineering - International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM)
Biology - 
Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP)
Patricia Ayala Macias
Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)Annie Bushnell
Center on Early Childhood
Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA)Francis Pearman
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) Andrea Gray
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA)Giovanna Ceserani
Center of Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)Kristen Chandler
Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) Anh Le
Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI)Laura Forbes Somers
Civil and Environmental EngineeringMorgan Diamond
Clayman Institute for Gender ResearchJessica Lopez
Communication - Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL)Brian Beams
Computer Science - Computer Undergrad Research Internships Science (CURIS)
Developmental BiologyAlistair Boettiger
Doerr School of Sustainability - Sustainability, Engineering and Science Undergraduate Research (SESUR)Jenny Saltzman
East Asian Languages and CulturesJeanne Y. Su
Engineering PhysicsEunice Han
English - Literary LabElaine Treharne
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesAn Truong Nguyen
Haas Center for Public ServiceClayton Hurd
HistoryKai Dowding
Human BiologyKatherine Preston
Humanities CenterSvetlana Turetskaya
Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA)Grace Toleque
Institute for Research in the Social SciencesSasa Caval
King Center on Global
LinguisticsArto Anttila
Management Science and EngineeringLori Cottle
Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education InstituteTenisha Hart Armstrong
Materials Science and EngineeringHaoxue Yan
Maternal and Child Health Research Institute - Diversity, Respect, and Inclusion are Vital for Excellence (DRIVE)
Mathematics - Stanford Undergraduate Research Institute in Mathematics (SURIM)
Mathematics & Computational Science (Statistics)
Mechanical EngineeringMichelle Lucas Rice
Mechanical Engineering - Solar Car ProjectErin Krynen
PhilosophyNadeem J.Z. Hussain
PhysicsEunice Han
Political Science and International Relations - Summer Research CollegeLaura Ludwig
Precourt Institute for Energy - Summer Undergraduate Program on Energy Research (SUPER)Rachael Madison
PsychologyAndrea Sims
Radiology - Canary Cancer Research Education Summer Training Program (CREST)
Radiology - Radiological Sciences Laboratory (RSL)Barbara Bonini
SociologySonia Chan
Urban StudiesSonia Chan
VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation LabMelissa Abad
Woods Institute for the Environment - Mentoring Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Research (MUIR)Brian Sharbono

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.