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IntroSems Plus broadens the research pipeline at Stanford.

Program Overview

The goals of the IntroSems Plus program are to create mentoring and undergraduate research pathways for students early in their college careers. By working closely with a faculty member on a faculty-led project, IntroSems students get a unique learning opportunity to observe and participate in the diverse types of research-based work university faculty engage in. Prior projects ranged from collaborations on new course design and website development to research assistance in coding archival data.

The IntroSems program will provide up to $1000 for each selected student.

The IntroSems Plus experience is designed especially for students who are new to university research and who faculty think would excel at independent research with some extra mentoring and support. 

We use a cohort model to provide on-going support for faculty and students participating in the IntroSems Plus program as a way to help facilitate students' reflection about their learning and growth throughout the experience. By connecting with peer mentors and community of other student researchers, students without prior research experience or who did not initially imagine themselves on a research path are more likely to pursue independent research opportunities in the future. 

Application Process

Frosh seminar faculty who have a valuable ten-week opportunity for one or more current IntroSem students should complete a proposal by the end of the quarter of their IntroSem.

The proposal form asks for the following information

  • IntroSem Faculty Name(s)
  • Faculty Email(s)
  • IntroSem Course Title, Catalog Number, and Academic Term
  • Nominated Student Name(s)
  • Nominated Student Email(s)
  • Project Description: A brief description of the project you want to work on with your IntroSem student(s) next quarter. Please highlight what the student(s) will learn as a result of this experience.
  • Student Rationale: A brief explanation as to why you identified the student(s) for this project?
  • Mentoring Plans: A brief description about how you plan to provide mentoring and guidance for the collaboration.

Submit an IntroSems Plus Proposal


For more information about the IntroSems Plus program, contact Lauri Dietz, (650) 497-0964.

Check Us Out on Instagram!

Students participating in an IntroSems Plus project share their journeys on the @stanfordvpue Instagram account. Follow along with #introsemsplus