Presentation Day from Summer 2019
Posted 3/25/20, 4:30PM PST
We would like to confirm that the program this summer is still set to continue, although it is more likely that it will take place online. We also will be delaying releasing decisions by two weeks (now planned for mid-April for us email decisions) to provide enough time for careful consideration of all applications. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Posted 3/16/20, 3PM PST
In light of the rapid development of COVID-19, we wanted to answer concerns about the continuation of this summer's STEM to SHTEM program. We plan to proceed with the program for the time being. If needed, we intend to take the program fully online (e.g. weekly lectures via video, mentoring meetings online, etc.) and possibly adapt the start and end date of the program to fit the summer schedules of high schools that are currently dismissed.
STEM to SHTEM Program
The Stanford Compression Forum is offering its annual summer internship program for the Summer of 2020. We are looking for passionate high school students interested in pursuing fun research projects over the summer.
This internship is intended to provide early exposure to research transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries. Students will be grouped to multifaceted projects that will benefit from their existing interests and strengths, while exposing them to new areas. Projects will be mentored by students, faculty and staff of the Stanford Compression Forum and its affiliated organizations. Themes will span and combine the science of information and communication, engineering, the arts, linguistics, psychology, biology, neuroscience, computer science, technology, philosophy, and design, among other areas.
Provide high school students early exposure to cutting-edge research in an academic environment
Introduce students to the diversity of research topics pursued in engineering
Emphasize the inseparability of the humanities and the human element from research in STEM
Eligibility (all requirements must be met to apply):
Must be currently a high school junior or senior in the 2019-2020 school year (i.e. 11th or 12th grade at the time of application)
Must be 14 or older by June 2020
Must be willing to come to Stanford consistently for the duration of the internship
Must currently reside in the US and/or be a US citizen
No exceptions can be made for the eligibility requirements.
The internship program for Summer 2020 will be 8 weeks long. Students are expected to attend the entire duration of the internship.
Start date: Monday, June 15, 2020
End date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Housing and Transportation:
The program does not provide transportation or housing for students. Students are expected to find appropriate arrangements and means for coming to campus. However, each student will receive a transportation stipend to assist their attendance.
Applications for Summer 2020 are closed.
Although this internship is unpaid, if commuting to Stanford and/or spending the time needed to participate in this program would pose a financial burden, please let us know in your application.
We’d love to be able to admit all applicants. But that is unlikely to be realistic. If you’re not admitted, it’s because we failed to integrate you into any of the few projects we were able to create within our highly constrained and relatively small group of potential mentors. We would then encourage you to apply again next year.
If you are having technical difficulties on application fee payment system, please see the instructions before emailing. If you have questions/concerns, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples for application supplement:
If you enjoy playing an instrument, can provide a link to a youtube video of you playing
If you’re into poetry, can send us a poem you’ve written
If you’re into gaming, can provide a link to a video of you playing
If you’re into robotics, can provide a link to a video of a robot you built in action
If you’re into acting, can provide a link to a video of a play in which you performed
If you’re into dancing, a link to a video of you dancing
If you’re into math, show us a math problem you enjoyed and for which you were able to find an elegant solution
If you’re into computer coding, send us code for a cool program you’ve written
If you’re into design, a description + photo of something you designed
If you’re into building, a description + photo of something you built
If you’re into an art, a description + photo/link/file of something you created
If you’re into volunteering, a description of something you volunteered to do or organize that you think did good to others
If you’re into comedy, send us some of your jokes or a link to a video of you performing stand up
If you’re into filmography, a link to a short film whose creation you were involved in
If you’re into a sport, a video of you in action
If you consider yourself an activist, describe an action you took or event you were involved in that was geared toward making the change you want to see
Maybe you’re into something which is not yet a thing, something of a totally new nature, hard to classify into any existing area. We’d love for you to choose to exhibit or describe a sample from your activity related to that.
STEM to SHTEM was highlighted by Stanford News! Check out our interview with them here: High school interns inspire new research paths.
STEM to SHTEM was mentioned on the 2019 series finale of HBO's Silicon Valley (the above photo shows STEM to SHTEM on the whiteboard). Richard Hendricks serves as a great fictional mentor! Read more about Professor Tsachy Weissman's involvement in the program here.
Two interns from 2019, Aditi Talati and Karan Bhasin had their work from the summer accepted at the 2020 Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) conference. Congratulations!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
- When will results for the 2020 program be released?
- How many rounds of application are there? Is there a waiting list?
- How many high school students are typically accepted?
- Can international students apply?
- Does the program typically involve group mentoring or is it primarily 1:1 research mentoring?
- Does the program provide housing?
- Do potential applicants need to have any prior research experience?
- Does this program include an interview component?
- What particular skills do you look for in potential applicants?
- Can research projects completed during this internship be submitted to any Science fairs such as Google Science Fair or Regeneron or Siemens/Discovery Edu?
- Can previous STEM to SHTEM interns apply?
We intend to notify applicants during the first week of April.
We conduct a single round of applications, and there is no waiting list.
In our first year (Summer 2019), we accepted ~40 students. This number may change next year.
We currently cannot accept international students.
Students are mentored in groups in sizes ranging from 2-5.
We do not provide housing. Students are responsible for having a living arrangement and commuting to campus. Note that students under the age of 18 are not allowed to live without residential supervision.
No. Students are not expected to have prior research experience. We especially encourage students without any research experience to apply.
We are looking for driven students who are eager to learn in a fast-paced environment.
This is determined on an individual basis during the internship.
We welcome returning interns to apply, but preference will be given to applicants without STEM to SHTEM experience.