The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

To increase the number of students in the “pipeline” of clinical and translational researchers, Spectrum encourages participation of undergraduates in clinical and translational research and related training opportunities.




Undergraduate Academic Life

The Undergraduate Academic Life Program at Stanford is the campus nexus for involving students in research projects.

Students may apply to conduct a research project with any faculty member at Stanford University, including School of Medicine and other faculty engaged in clinical and translational research.

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Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research offers advising, grants and programs to aid undergraduate participation in the production of new knowledge.

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Financial Support Opportunities

Undergraduate Students

Currently Spectrum does not provide funding for any undergraduate programs. For more information about Financial Aid, visit the Stanford University Financial Aid Website

Graduate Students and Medical Students

Spectrum provides limited funding for graduate students and medical students in these programs:

  • Masters of Medicine (MOM)
  • MedScholars
  • Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Health Sciences Research

The student must be accepted into the program before pursuing funding. Contact the program administrator if you are interested in Spectrum funding.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Medical Fellows & Residents

Spectrum provides limited funding for graduate students and medical students in these programs:

  • Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Health Sciences Research
  • Advanced Residency Training at Stanford (ARTS)

The student must be accepted into the program before pursuing funding. Contact the program administrator if you are interested in Spectrum funding.

Freshman and Sophomore Seminars

Freshman and Sophomore Introductory Seminars are small-group courses designed to create intense intellectual experiences for first- and second-year undergraduate students as they explore the methods and materials of a particular discipline.

The sophomore courses introduce students to a specific area of a department’s or program’s curriculum.

For more information, please see Introductory Seminars on the Undergraduate Academic Life website.

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Joint and Dual Degree Opportunities

Stanford supports a range of opportunities for candidates to pursue more than one advanced degree. MD students may expand their academic aspirations to include a Master's or PhD. Doctoral students may apply to the new MS in Medicine program. Students may venture to other Stanford schools to obtain an MBA, JD, or even to Berkeley to get an MPH.



Decisions about second degrees can involve many factors and second degree options must be discussed with both academic and financial aid advisors, as well as with admission officers of the program of interest, to ensure each student can meet academic, admission, and tuition requirements.

In a joint degree program, a single course may count toward multiple degrees. In a dual degree, you may apply credit from a course to only one degree.

Below are some of the degree combinations that may be of interest to the clinical and translational researcher. Click on any of the following headings for more information.

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Clinical Research Training – Online

The National Institutes of Health, through its Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, offers several courses for online training in the area of clinical research.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

This is a course on how to effectively conduct clinical research, formalizing instruction that is normally taught through mentorship. The recommended textbook is Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, second edition (2007), edited by John I. Gallin and Frederick P. Ognibene and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Lane Library | Amazon).
» Course information and application.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

This course consists of a weekly lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The recommended textbook is Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Second Edition (2007) edited by Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., et al. and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Amazon). This complements the material covered in the “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.”

This course was designed to assist individuals who are preparing to take the certifying examinations of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology and to meet the needs of researchers with an interest in the clinical pharmacologic aspects of contemporary drug development and utilization.
» Course information and application.

Clinical Research Training Online Course for Principal Investigators

This course addresses one of the essential standards approved by the NIH for performing clinical research in the Intramural Research Program. This material is also covered by the "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" and "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research" courses.
» Course information and application.

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research

This course is offered to anyone interested or involved in clinical research involving human subjects.
» Course information and registration.

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Find a Mentor — Opportunities for Minority Pre-Med Students

The Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Medical Mentorship Program (SUMMA MMP) focuses on reaching out to disadvantaged pre-medical students at community and state colleges of the Bay Area.

By providing one-on-one mentoring between a Stanford medical student and pre-medical student, we hope to create a welcoming environment and help increase the number of disadvantaged students applying and admitted to medical school.

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Find a Mentor via CAP – Community Academic Profiles

The Stanford School of Medicine’s Community Academic Profiles (CAP) is an excellent resource for finding a mentor, research jobs and connecting with colleagues.

Learn about the interests of faculty, researchers and students; explore connections across topics, and discover new opportunities to collaborate.

Be sure to log in with your SUNet ID to view complete information in CAP Network.

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Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS)

The Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS) provides undergraduates who are interested in pursuing medicine with an opportunity to shadow physicians at Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.

SIMS participants are paired with a physician mentor to learn from a breadth of experiences including shadowing in clinics and on rounds, observing in the operating room, attending departmental Grand Rounds lectures, or having coffee with their mentor.

Students will hopefully establish a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with their physician mentors which can often play an influential role in an individual's decision to pursue medicine.

SIMS is advised by the School of Medicine and coordinated by the Stanford Pre-medical Association and Undergraduate Advising and Research.

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Center for Innovation in Global Health

The Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) strives to enable collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation of global health leaders by creating partnered programs which build capacity both overseas and in the U.S. in underserved low-resource communities.

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