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Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program

Our primary mission is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to gain depth in a research area complementary to their chosen or intended major.  

Program Description

The Stanford ChEM-H Undergraduate Scholars Program aims to provide interdisciplinary research experience to students in the physical science, engineering, or life science fields. Our primary mission is to provide undergraduates with the opportunity to gain depth in a research area complementary to their chosen or intended major. For example, a physical science or engineering major would be placed in a biological or clinical research host lab and a life science major would be placed in a physical science or engineering host lab. Students are matched with a postdoc mentor in the host lab who comes from a closely-related discipline. Mentors will work closely with students to train them in the scientific method, relevant laboratory techniques, and development of a proposal for a summer research project. 

Students apply during their sophomore fall quarter and the program runs from winter quarter through the following fall, including the summer. Selected students will register for research units (3 units/quarter) during their sophomore winter and spring quarters as well as the fall quarter of junior year. The program will include weekly meetings to expose students to new laboratory techniques, examination of diverse scientific literature, research proposal development, and technical and non-technical communication skills. Students will engage in peer mentoring activities and benefit from the diversity of academic backgrounds in the cohort. During each academic quarter, students will also be required to spend 8-10 hours per week in their matched lab doing research. Funding will be provided to conduct full time research in the same lab in summer quarter. 


Program Participants and Projects

2017 Program

2016 Program


Information for Undergraduate Applicants

Eligibility

Applicants must be sophomores who have declared or intend to declare a major in a field of physical science, engineering, or life science and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 

Program Requirements

  • Spend 8-10 hours/week in host lab during academic quarters, for research credit (winter/spring sophomore year and fall junior year)
  • Work full time in host lab during summer quarter, stipend funded by Stanford ChEM-H
  • Attend weekly meetings focused on interdisciplinary research, research proposal development, presentation skills, and more
  • Present a final research talk and poster at the end of the program

Apply

The 2018 application is now closed. Check back in Fall 2018 for the 2019 application.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal at https://chemh.slideroom.com/ and will require the following:

  1. Stanford transcript (PDF, unofficial copy is acceptable)
  2. Current resume (PDF)
  3. Answers to the following questions:
    • What courses or other academic experiences motivated you to choose your major or intended major? If you are still deciding between multiple majors, what motivated you to consider each of them? (500 words or less)
    • Describe an interdisciplinary research or technology problem that would excite you as an undergraduate researcher. The problem may not clearly fit within the scope of your chosen or intended major. (500 words or less)
    • What do you envision doing after you graduate? (500 words or less)

Any questions may be directed to the Stanford ChEM-H Program Manager, Dr. Katherine Alfieri, kalfieri@stanford.edu.


Information for Postdoc Mentor Applicants

Visit the mentor webpage


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