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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 (Winter and Spring quarters)

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

Choose from three paid summer internship opportunities at Hopkins. Students typically spend 10 weeks living and learning at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, just 2 hours from the Stanford 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 31. Apply Now

2. UAR Major Grants.

For students who want to design their own research projects, grants are available through the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR). Unlike the VPUE grants where a student joins a pre-existing effort, these UAR Major Grants require the student to draw up a research proposal in collaboration with a member of the Hopkins faculty.

Proposals are due two months before the research starts. 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.

See the details of the research projects currently open to students, talk to the research sponsors, and decide if one is right for you.

The deadline for applications is March 1. Apply Now