Stanford Undergraduate Research and Independent Projects
After you have focused your interests into a feasible project topic and started working with the right faculty mentor, you might identify some key resources that will enable your project to get off the ground. Grants are used for travel, supplies, and stipends depending on the project's needs.
Symbolic Systems Summer Internship Program
The SSP Summer Internship Program allows students who will be continuing their undergraduate study to work as research assistants on projects defined by Symbolic Systems faculty.
Grants for Education and Research (GEAR)
Symbolic Systems has funds for a limited number of Grants for Education And Research (GEAR), available only to SymSys undergraduate majors and Master's students, to cover expenses such as research costs and conference travel that cannot be met through other funding sources.
Symbolic Systems Honors Program
Past honors projects in SymSys have been very diverse, ranging from philosophical analyses to studies involving human subjects to programming/design projects. Many projects combine two or more methodologies, drawing on different disciplines represented within the major. An honors project is an opportunity to pursue work over multiple quarters, often an entire academic year or more.
Preparing to Apply for SSP Internships
Below is the current schedule for SSP Internships in 2021:
- February 22 (12 noon) - First Visibility: Student profiles and internship rankings become visible to faculty
- February 22 - March 5 - Priority Period: SSP Internships may only be offered to and accepted by current students who are declared majors in Symbolic Systems who meet VPUE eligibility criteria (on Flex Term during a full-time internship, and on regular registration for a part-time internship).
- March 6: Post-Priority Period begins: SSP Internships may be offered to any current undergraduate who meets VPUE eligiblity criteria if funds are still available.
- March 29-June 4: Spring Quarter internship period
- April 23: Final Deadline for faculty to notify the Symbolic Systems Program office that a student has accepted an internship offer.
- Early or Mid-June - Stipend checks issued to students with Summer Internships.
- June 21-August 27 - Summer Quarter internship period
- Date TBA - Symbolic Systems Forum: Spring and Summer Internship Research Fair (participation is mandatory, either in person or virtually/asynchronously, for all SSP Interns)
Other Summer Research Opportunities
In addition to the SSP Internship Program, there are a number of other ways in which SymSys undergraduates can get involved in research, both on- and off-campus. Internship funding is competitive --- there are more students interested than there are funds to support undergraduate research. You are therefore urged to investigate the opportunities below in addition to the SymSys Internships described above, if you are interested in doing research this Spring and/or Summer:
- Other departmental research programs at Stanford (NOTE: the deadline to apply to the Computer Science Department’s CURIS Program is Sunday, February 7th)
- Undergraduate Research Student Grants (for student-driven, independent, original scholarly projects under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor, including research for a thesis project in the Symbolic Systems Honors Program or in an Interdisciplinary Honors Program)
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Stanford School of Engineering
- Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at other universities and research organizations in the U.S. (funded by the National Science Foundation)
- Jobs and Internships listed in Handshake via Stanford’s Career Education office, BEAM (research internships – both on- and off-campus – are included in the listings)