SMYSP On Hiatus for Summer 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford has determined that on-campus residential programs should be shifted to an online-only format or otherwise be canceled. Unfortunately, the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) residential program is on hiatus for summer 2020. We look forward to providing updates about future SMYSP programming.

About the Program

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) is a five-week summer residential program held on campus. The program combines faculty lectures, laboratories, college admissions guidance, mentoring, and hands-on medical experiences to encourage low-income and underrepresented groups to aim for careers in the medical and health professions.
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Application Currently Closed

The application for the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is currently closed. Join our mailing list to learn about future opportunities.

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 anatomy courses and hands-on laboratory sessions with Stanford medical students and attend lectures by Stanford University professors, medical professionals, and staff. Participants engage in a health disparities research project to improve health and health access in all communities
Hospital Internship
Participate in a hospital internship two days a week at Stanford Hospital and be mentored by health care professionals, interact with patients, and gain insight into careers in a real-world hospital setting.
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.
Residential Community
Residential Counselors supervise participants in the dormitory and serve as mentors to empower participants in their lives and academic careers. We foster opportunities for participants to develop enduring friendships and support systems that last long beyond the summer program.

Program Overview

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is a summer residential program that bolsters students’ science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers and providing insight to life as an undergraduate on campus.
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Hands-On Science

Students engage in a variety of activities that include: an anatomy course and lab at the medical school, an internship at Stanford Health Care, college admissions workshops, completion of a research project, behind the scenes tours of Stanford Health Care to learn about the day-to-day operations of a hospital and its various units, 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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