Psych-Summer Research Program

This page will be updated in February 2022 with the Summer 2022 project list and application.

The Psych-Summer Program enables Stanford Psychology majors to spend the summer working on a research project supervised by a Stanford Psychology faculty member.


Applicants must be Stanford University students with an interest in psychology. Preference is given to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who want to get started in research. Juniors and seniors who already have research experience are not given priority for Psych-Summer funding, since UAR grants are already available to support summer research by more advanced students.  (Juniors eligible for the Honors Program should speak with a faculty mentor as soon as possible about applying for a Major Grant.)

Students are only eligible for Summer 2021 quarter by taking a Flex Term and must have completed at least two full - time enrolled quarters out of Autumn, Winter, or Spring (does not have to be consecutive quarters).


The program will run from June 21 through August 27, 2021 with a research poster session held on August 26. Most students work full-time. Students wishing to work only part-time must arrange this with their advisor well in advance of their start date.

It is not yet confirmed if this program will be remote or in person. This will be based on upcoming university guidance and policy.


Each student will receive a $5000 base stipend for the 10-week program. Additional need based (up to $1500) and location based (up to $2500) supplements may apply.

All projects are full time unless otherwise stated in their description below. This is paid as a stipend through VPUE.


Students from other universities are not eligible for this program.


For students who want to apply for on-campus summer housing, fees such as room, board, house dues, and other academic expenses are paid by the student. Students are responsible for paying their university summer bill, which will include any other academic expenses incurred. Students may review the summer room and board rates on the Summer Housing Allocation website.

How to Apply

Application due March 1, 2021. Please review the projects listed below and complete the application form attaching your unofficial transcript. Faculty will review the applications and make selections.


Apply here

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get academic credit for doing research as a Psych-Summer intern?

It is possible to receive academic credit for research conducted during the summer by enrolling in Summer Session.  However, students receiving academic credit for summer research are not considered part of the Psych-Summer program.  Stanford guidelines prohibit students from acquiring both monetary compensation and academic credit for the same job on campus.  

Will Psych-Summer support an off-campus research project?

The Psych-Summer Program supports involvement in a closely supervised project directly related to the research program of a Stanford Psychology faculty member.  If the off-campus project you develop fits this criterion (as in, fieldwork in which the faculty mentor is actively involved), then you are eligible for Psych-Summer support, even if you would not be living and working on campus.    

How do you decide who gets awarded a Psych-Summer stipend?

Because we have more applicants than stipends available, the Psych-Summer program is competitive.  Decisions will be made based on several factors, including motivation for doing research, initiative in exploring research options, academic record, and availability of a good match between a student and a research mentor. 

Psych-Summer Research Projects 2021

Reimagining the Future of Policing and Other Criminal Justice Projects

Jennifer Eberhardt

How can caregivers support language development in English- and Spanish-learning children?

Anne Fernald

How do we display emotion in front of babies?

Michael Frank

How do visual object representations in the human brain give rise to perception?

Justin Gardner

Causality, counterfactual reasoning, social cognition, computational modeling

Tobias Gerstenberg

How does human brain microstructure develop during infancy in visual cortex?

Kalanit Grill-Spector

Stanford Home Sleep Study of the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab

James Gross

Investigating learning and social cognition in young children

Hyowon Gweon

How children learn about social categories

Ellen Markman

Development of 3D vision

Anthony Norcia

Screenomics: How Moment-to-Moment Smartphone Use is Related to Health and Well-Being

Nilam Ram

Discrimination, Racism, Systemic Inequality, Metascience, Race

Steven Roberts

Culture and Emotion

Jeanne Tsai

Examining locus coeruleus integrity in healthy older adults

Anthony Wagner

Conversations between friends

Greg Walton