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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our summer research program. If you don't see your question and answer here, please contact Jenny Saltzman.

Can I take a class during the summer in addition to doing research?
If you ask for the full stipend, that is equivalent to working 40 hours a week - a full time job. We don't recommend taking classes on top of that, because one of the benefits of engaging in research over the summer is being able to really focus on it. If you want to take a class, consider asking for less than the full stipend (perhaps equivalent to 30 hours a week).

I'm going to be abroad spring quarter. Can I still receive funding for the summer?
Yes, that's no problem. We still ask students who are going to be abroad during spring to enroll in EarthSci 100 and to submit assignments through Canvas.

I'm going to be abroad fall quarter and won't be able to present at SURPS. Can I still receive funding?
Yes, that's no problem. We will ask you to present at ASURPS and the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Research Review during spring quarter instead.

How does housing work?
You can apply for summer housing through Stanford for either 8 or 10 weeks. If you are going to be in the field a lot, or plan to work for fewer weeks, you might consider finding off-campus housing.