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ADVANCE Summer Institute

Upcoming Session July 7-September 2, 2016

We are excited to announce Stanford Biosciences' 4th annual ADVANCE Summer Institute, an intensive 8-week transition program for incoming graduate students from diverse backgrounds. The ADVANCE Summer Institute evolved from a similar program created by the Biomedical Association for the Interests of Minority Students (BioAIMS) in 2010. ADVANCE seeks to prepare students for a successful graduate career at Stanford and we look forward to building on the successes of the past two years.

The summer before a matriculating student's first year offers an excellent opportunity to transition to graduate school without the usual whirlwind of activity that begins in the fall. Through ADVANCE we will facilitate the participants' smooth transition into their first year, laying the foundation for a successful and rewarding graduate experience.

ADVANCE provides participants with an opportunity to begin research in their home program a quarter early. Participants will participate in small literature discussion groups led by faculty and postdocs and attend workshops that will support their successful transition to graduate school. Additionally, they will participate in mentoring and social activities hosted by BioAIMS and SBSA as a mechanism for fostering a sense of belonging and community. Support for ADVANCE participants will continue throughout their first year and beyond through mentoring, tutoring and research update meetings.

ADVANCE is motivated by the Biosciences’ commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students.  

Program Dates: Thursday, July 7th, 2016– Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Key components of ADVANCE include:

  • Full lab rotation
  • Journal Club
  • Peer and Faculty Mentoring
  • Exposure to Stanford resources and relevant offices
  • Community Building and Social Activities
  • Workshops on important topics such as: transitioning to graduate school, reading and analyzing science papers, research ethics, imposter syndrome, career paths for biosciences PHD graduates, technical communication skills, basic science concepts, as needed, and writing skills, including early preparation for the NSF and other fellowships. Programming Course.


Download the brochure (PDF)

Download the poster (PPT)

Download the ADVANCE 2013 Report (Stanford Employee Only)


Please check the Event Calendar for more information.


Tony Ricci, PhD, Faculty Director

Terrance Mayes, Program Director

Tiana Moore, Program Manager


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