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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

At Hopkins Marine Station, we encourage undergraduates to get a taste of our world-class research—early and often. You can collaborate with grad students, post docs, and faculty on a wide range of research activities during the academic year and over the summer.

During the academic year (Spring quarter)

While studying at Hopkins, you can also work on a research project under the supervision of one of the Hopkins faculty—and get additional academic credit in BioHopk 199 Guided Research. Our faculty is available to help you identify appropriate research opportunities—before you arrive or after you get here. Explore our faculty research page and see what we’re working on.  

During the summer

There are three research options for undergraduates; students typically spend 10 weeks living and learning at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula, two hours from main campus. 

1. B-SURP Grants

The Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP) is funded through the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), these grants are administered by the Stanford Biology Department. Each year, Hopkins faculty solicits help with specific projects, both in their labs and in the field. These projects often serve as the springboard for honors theses.

The deadline for applications is January 14, 2022. Apply Now

2. Major Grants

For students who want to design their own research projects, grants are available through Stanford's undergraduate Research and Independent Study program. Unlike VPUE grants, where a student joins a pre-existing effort, these grants require students fto draw up a research proposal in collaboration with a member of the Hopkins faculty.

Proposals are due March 4, 2022. Apply Now

3. REEF Grants

Research Experiences Especially for Freshmen (REEF) grants allow you to start conducting research at Hopkins in the summer after your freshman year. These paid summer research internships are available to current Stanford freshmen only. You’ll work directly with Hopkins faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and research staff on ongoing faculty research projects.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2022. Apply Now