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.


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Application Tips

This program is open to sophomores and juniors with a passion for science or medicine.
We welcome applications from current sophomores and juniors from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds in specific counties in Northern and Central California. (See the full list of eligible counties below.)
Application Deadline
February 12, 2020
Application Checklist
Students will need to fill out a Preliminary application, Online application, and two (2) letters of recommendation.

Application Currently Closed

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


The Summer Residential 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:
  • 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
  • Yolo

Students who don’t meet these basic eligibility requirements aren’t eligible to apply for this program. Exceptions cannot be made. 

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 2.5 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.

Application Checklist

Step 1: Complete Preliminary Application
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Complete and submit a Preliminary Application. Once this is submitted, you will receive an email that directs you to the Online Application.
Step 2: Complete Online Application
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Complete all sections of the Online Application including demographic information and written responses where required. Review some of the main components of the Online Application below.
Application Component: Request and Submit Teacher Recommendations
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For the Online Application, you will be able to request two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a science or math teacher and another from a teacher, counselor, principal, or mentor. Required information: teacher’s full name, school name, subjects taught, email address, phone number, and the application deadline for each recommendation request.
Application Component: Provide a Transcript & Most Recent Grade Report
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Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Provide at least two years' worth of grades. If you have multiple transcripts, please combine them into a single file with your most recent transcript on the first page.
Application Component: Submit Written Responses
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Respond to short-answer questions about your interests in the program and your motivations for participating in Stanford Medical Youth Science Program.

A Note About Email

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Email is our primary mode of communication and each applicant will receive a confirmation email from us after their application is received and processed. If SMYSP has any questions about your application, or if there is something missing, an email will be sent asking that the applicant contact us to resolve the situation. Please be sure to check your email regularly and respond to us when needed.