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Stanford Earth Young Investigators

Internship Options

Options will be updated by February 1, 2022.

  • Education Program - Learn about science and research from scientists and engineers during 10 sessions. All remote.

  • Biodiversity - Analyze data to understand past and current trends in evolution and extinction. All remote.

  • Environment - Not offered in 2021. Work one-on-one with a scientist in an environmental research group

  • Geology - Not offered in 2021. Work one-on-one with a scientist in one of the geology laboratories

  • Energy - Not offered in 2021. Work one-on-one with a scientist or engineer in one of the energy resources groups

The Biodiversity Option

Biodiversity Option

All Biodversity interns will be learning and working together on questions about body size evolution with the Paleobiology research group. Paleobiologists study the relationship between environmental change and biological evolution over geological timescales through field studies, geochemical measurements and modeling, and statistical analysis of large datasets. Interns will work in groups of 3 to test a scientific hypothesis related to the summer’s research theme. Past themes have included body size evolution in ostracods and cell size and environmental tolerances of prokaryotes. In 2021, interns will examine life during the Cambrian and Ordovician periods.

All remote/online. The typical day will begin at 9 am with an hour of group instruction and learning activities followed by a couple of hours of data collection and analysis. Most days the online work will end at noon. History of Life Website. READ THE BLOGS! 

Biodiversity interns work 5 half days for 8 weeks. Biodiversity research projects require group work, are centered around statistical analyses/computer coding (no prior experience required), and do not involve field work (i.e., you will not be going on a “dig”). This program’s schedule is not flexible. Students who are involved in other activities during the summer should apply for the education program.

June 15 - August 6, 2021

Education Program

Education Program

High school students are invited to participate in 10 live online sessions to learn about how the Earth works. During 1.5 hour sessions, faculty and other scholars will talk with students about their research and careers. We will have tours of laboratories and panels of students share their research at Stanford Earth. We piloted this program in 2020 and the students loved hearing from the speakers so we are offering it again. When it is safe to gather again, we hope to invite students of the education program to campus and possibly on local geology field trips. 

The 2021 education program will be a mix of new and returning speakers.  New lab tours. We hope most of the sessions are different than last summer because we expect some students will want to participate in a second summer.

All remote/online. June 22 to July 22, 2021, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00-12:30 pm
(June 22, 24, 29, July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22  - 10 sessions)

Read about the 2020 program.

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