Human Biology offers students a unique opportunity to participate in research with Stanford faculty through the Human Biology Research Exploration program (HB-REX) which provides research grants to rising juniors. This is a valuable program for faculty members because every summer there are numerous talented Humbio students looking for research and requiring NO FUNDING from you.
We require that the student have the opportunity to work closely with you or your associate on an educationally meaningful project. It doesn't need to be an "independent" project because these students first need to learn some research skills, but it should be something intellectually engaging and not exclusively "busy work."
Students complete a preliminary application providing their transcript and interests and, if the student qualifies, the HB-REX staff assists him/her in finding a suitable position. If a qualified student(s) has interests that match your project, it would be your choice which student you think would best fit into your lab setting. Once you are matched with a suitable student, HB-REX would pay the full- or part-time stipend for up to 10 weeks in the summer.
A contract, signed by both the intern and mentor contains a brief description of the research plan, the intended number of hours to be spent per week and the number of weeks. Our goal is to enable student interns to contribute on a meaningful level to a project in which the faculty mentor is actively involved. If a senior researcher (e.g. postdoctoral fellow, graduate student) takes this responsibility, that individual also must sign the contract. Students fill in a weekly time sheet that is reviewed and signed by the mentor to avert problems of absenteeism, etc. Mentors are expected to interact actively with the student through regular meetings and conversations about relevant journal articles or other readings to ensure that the intern understands the theoretical basis of the research. Students are not allowed to take classes concurrently with the HB-REX program.
Mid-way through the program, the students meet informally over dinner with the HB-REX faculty advisors and describe what they are doing, including the challenges and rewards of their projects. In the final week of the program, the students make and present scientific posters at a session where faculty and other students read and discuss the results.
If you have not already identified a student for your project, please complete Project Registration and Description form anytime.
If you have already identified a student for your project, then you do not need to make a project submission to be posted on the website, and the student can go directly to the "Student Application Process".To qualify,