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Program Description

"Engineering is a great profession. There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege." - Herbert Hoover


Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research Bioengineering Internship is an eight-week hands-on design and engineering experience for high school students from diverse backgrounds. Students are exposed to exciting and novel bioengineering research topics through lectures given by Stanford researchers. Lecture topics cover a host of bioengineering areas, including:

  • Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biodesign

Our key feature is the hands-on Biodesign experience we provide students with. Students form teams of 4 to practice their own engineering and critical thinking skills as they explore the biodesign process. They will learn about and perform:

  • Need statement definition
  • Needs screening
  • Needs specification
  • Brainstorming
  • Competitor analysis
  • Concept generation
  • Concept selection
  • Prototyping/Testing
  • Communication

Students gain a unique experience working closely with a teaching team of bright graduate and undergraduate students who teaches the design process, recruits lecture speakers, provides mentorship, and insightful critiques on deliverables. They are also given access to Stanford's abundent resources, including the Product Realization Lab. Students are expected to give an oral presentation on their project at mid-term which will ultimately culminate in a showcasing of their prototypes at the conclusion of the program. In addition, we are especially grateful to be partnered with the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program which will allow students to network with peers outside of the program through weekly joint lectures, lunches, and social hours.

We have designed a curriculum structured after Stanford's own Biodesign program that challenges students to think outside the box and become innovators and engineers. Biodesign is the process of taking patient needs, engineering a solution that addresses the problem, and bringing it to market and into the hands of patients. It is the process of turning ideas and creativity into reality.