About the Program

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) is an online enrichment program for students from low-income, underrepresented backgrounds. Over five weeks, participants engage in faculty lectures, professional development workshops, virtual networking events, and a public health disparities research project. 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.

The 2021 program will take place June 21 – July 23, 2021.
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Application Now Closed

The application for the 2021 Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is now closed. To learn about future opportunities, please join our mailing list.

SMYSP Program Details

All students are offered a full scholarship for an intense and rewarding educational experience. Here are a handful of activities and benefits students will experience this summer:
Educational Opportunities
Participate in exciting lectures in medicine, public health, and health science with Stanford faculty.
Public Health Research
Participants engage in a health disparities group research project to improve health and health access in all communities. Examples of research projects include addressing racial inequities in COVID-19 health outcomes, examining low birth outcomes for African American mothers, and combatting language barriers in hospital settings.
Effective Leadership
Attend professional development workshops on topics such as public health research methods, health advocacy, academic and career planning, and public speaking. SMYSP participants learn skills to become effective leaders and role models in their schools and communities.
Supportive Peer Community
We foster opportunities for participants to develop enduring friendships and support systems that last long beyond the summer program. Our passionate team of mentors support participants to build their confidence, develop a college action plan, and reach their full potential.

Program Overview

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is an online enrichment program that empowers students to become the next generation of diverse leaders in health, medicine, and in their community.
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Hands-On Science

Students engage in a variety of activities that include: medicine and public health lectures by Stanford Faculty, virtual tours of hospital and health care organizations, college admissions workshops, completion of a research project, and much more to advance the academic, professional, and social development of our participants.
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Diversity & Mentorship

SMYSP follows both a mentoring and team approach to learning. We encourage peer teaching and community-building to support academic, personal, and professional growth. 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 workshops and discussions on networking, career planning, and multicultural health.

Our Stories

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Impact of SMYSP

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program immerses students in the medical sciences while giving them the tools and exposure to address the health and educational disparities that affect communities. Hear participants, counselors, and SMYSP staff speak about their experiences with this life-changing program.

What Inclusion Means to Us

We believe that fostering a diverse community enriches learning for the next generation of global citizens. We recognize and respect all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to categories of culture, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, and life experience.
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