Program Information

The Stanford Science Circle is suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. We encourage you to explore our other academic enrichment programs.

Grades 9–12 Circle Details

At Stanford Science Circle, local students in grades 9–12 have the chance to explore, enrich and pursue their interest in science in a community of peers. Stanford-affiliated graduate researchers, postdoctoral scholars and other Bay Area lecturers share about new and emerging scientific topics and their own research.
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2020 Winter Quarter: Principles of Engineering

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There are two courses offered in Winter 2020: Bioscience and Bioengineering.

Both courses will create a rich learning environment where students are exposed to the history of the tools in bioscience research and potential future applications in treatments and the clinic. Young scientists and engineers will be exposed to summaries of key challenges in the fields of bioengineering, nanotechnology, and materials science.

The Bioscience course will place special emphasis in nanobiology, genetics, and neuroscience. The Bioengineering course will focus primarily on neuroscience. Students may select their course preference when applying.

Explore Topics from Previous Years

2018–19 Academic Year

Fall 2018: Biomedical Sciences: Intersection of Biology, Medicine and Health.

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Session Details

There will be ten sessions, meeting Wednesday evenings.


This fall Science Circle participants will have the opportunity to explore the exciting field on Biomedical Science, which combines the fields of biology and medicine. Participants will engage in dynamic lectures. Researchers and post-doctoral fellows will share about how various diseases affect us at the cellular and anatomical level, share emerging research, and discuss how the medical community treats these conditions.

Winter 2019: Earth & Environmental Science

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During this course, students will explore a range of fields of study that focus on the environment, tackling questions related to how land, sea, and other natural resources are used. Students will develop their knowledge of environmental science through lectures and experimental design. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will share their own field of study and research. Working through the scientific method, students will acquire the tools to begin to explore and understand the environment on both a local and global scale

Spring 2019: Principles of Engineering

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In this course, students will have an opportunity to investigate and explore engineering approaches and frameworks, and how to apply these practices to real-world issues. Students will learn from graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, researchers and engineers from fields such as materials science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from researchers and practitioners in the field, and learn more about their academic and career pathways.

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