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.

Residential Life

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) participants live in an undergraduate residence hall on Stanford campus. A trained residential staff of Stanford undergraduates live in the residence with the participants to create a safe and welcoming community.
Pluto residence hall at Stanford

A Tight-Knit Community

SMYSP participants experience what life is like for Stanford undergraduates by living and eating at campus residences. A trained residential staff of Stanford undergraduates live in the residence with the participants to create a safe and welcoming community.

The residence has its own lounge, computer cluster, laundry facility, and common area. All rooms are equipped with an extra-long twin bed for each participant as well as window coverings, desks and chairs, bookcases, dressers, and wardrobes. In addition, students are provided with laptops for their studies for the duration of the program.
A group of participants work on writing and editing papers together at a table.

Housing & Dining

Rooms are assigned by gender, with male and female participants on separate floors. SMYSP is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and comfortable residential environment for all participants, and gender-inclusive housing assignments can be provided.

SMYSP provides all meals for participants. All meals are prepared by an in-house chef and include vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. Students can also look forward to catered meals for special events.
Participants enjoy marshmallows on Stanford campus.

Curriculum & Activities

Participants are busy from morning until night. There is not a lot of downtime, so be prepared to work hard and have fun. The curriculum includes faculty lectures, hospital internships, anatomy lectures, scientific research project, and college admissions guidance.

Evening and weekend activities accommodate a variety of participants’ interests and a talent show, a dance, carnival, a campfire night, and other special events organized by our dedicated team of residential SMYSP Counselors.
A group of participants stand together near Lake Lagunita.

Field Trips

Weekend excursions take participants to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the San Francisco Bay area. Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all participants.

Past field trips include: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, Capitola, Muir Woods, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the California Academy of Sciences.

The community at SMYSP felt like home because for the first time, I met people who share similar humble beginnings and interest in science. Everyone was so open to sharing their stories and being there for one another whenever we needed it.

SMYSP Participant