Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)

SSRP Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Stanford Summer Research Program the same as the Amgen Scholars Program?

Yes; Stanford University is an Amgen Foundation Site. Those interested in becoming an Amgen Scholar must submit an SSRP application. However, students who are admitted to SSRP are not automatically selected as Amgen Scholars.

I’m not an underrepresented minority; am I still eligible for SSRP?

Yes; SSRP is open to students from all ethnic backgrounds. Applications are especially encouraged from students who are Black/African Americans, Latino/Chicano Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Are international students eligible for the U.S. Amgen Scholars Program or SSRP?

No; SSRP/Amgen participants must be U.S Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Can high school students, community college students, college graduates or graduate students participate in the SSRP?

No; students must be current undergraduates enrolled in a four-year college or university to participate in the SSRP. They must be sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors to apply. They must have at least 3 semesters (or 4 quarters) of completed college coursework by the application deadline.  First years who have sophomore standing through AP credits are not eligible to apply.    

For high school programs at Stanford University, click here.

I am interested in pursuing an MD. Is this a good program for me?

No; SSRP caters specifically to students aspiring to pursue their PhD or MD/PhD in the biosciences.

Students interested in pursuing an MD degree should apply to the Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program (SSHCOP).

How are lab placements made?

The on-line application allows you to select departments and faculty in which you are most interested. Placements with specific faculty are not guaranteed.   

How long will the program run?

The program is a full nine weeks, running from June 21 – August 23. The dates are not flexible and students must participate during the entire nine weeks.

How many students will participate in SSRP?

Each year, approximately 30-35 students participate in SSRP. This includes non-Stanford and Stanford undergraduates.

Are students without previous research experience eligible?

Yes; however, previous research experience is highly encouraged.

SSRP Application FAQs

In which formats can I upload my files?

Please upload your CV/resume and transcripts in Word, PDF, or JPG formats. We will not review any files in other formats.

Do I need to upload an official transcript as part of my application?

No; you are required to upload an unofficial transcript only.  Upon acceptance, we will require that you submit your official college transcripts via mail. High school transcripts do not need to be sent.

I uploaded an essay. Now I have revised it but when I upload it again the original is still there. How can I be sure that my updated document has uploaded?

Rename the file and add a number afterwards, such as Doe_Jane_Essay2.doc.  Then upload the revised document.. 

What are the essay length requirements?

Each essay question has a 1-page maximum length (i.e., 1 page per question).

My recommender can’t retrieve the password to enter the system; how can I resend the request?

Make sure that you have begun the application process so that your basic information is in the system. Be sure that the recommender's email address is correct on your application. The recommender's email address verifies their authenticity when they sign in, so it is imperative that the correct e-mail be entered on your application.

Recommenders: If you cannot locate the password sent via email,  please click to Retrieve password for Recommender A or Retrieve password for Recommender B. You must know the last name and email address the student used to submit the application. 

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Updated on October 8, 2013

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