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ADVANCE Undergraduate Institute

The ADVANCE Undergraduate Institute (AUI) is a three-day intensive institute sponsored by Stanford Biosciences taking place March 21st-23rd, 2024. AUI is designed to introduce aspiring scientists to the Stanford University campus and provide guidance on the graduate school admissions process. After completing the three-day institute, students have access to the AUI network and can engage with previous participants who are currently enrolled in a PhD in the Biosciences.

*AUI participants receive overnight accommodations, meals, travel to and from Stanford, and free access to the full schedule of events.

Currently, AUI is limited to students from US-based institutions. 

Application Opens:  Monday, November 20th, 2023.


  • Application closes on January 12, 2024.


  • Continuing student at a 4-year university
  • Completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters
  • Graduating seniors taking a gap year are welcome to apply
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a PhD in the biosciences (i.e. prior scientific research experience or intent to participate in research in the upcoming academic year)

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application, submitted by the January 12th, 2024 deadline.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One (1) letter of recommendation
    • Recommendation letter(s) from someone familiar with your previous research and/or graduate level research potential (PIs, research program directors, etc.) are strongly encouraged.
    • Recommendation letter(s) should touch upon your capacity and motivation to conduct research at the graduate level.
    • Check out these Ten Simple Rules for Navigating the Reference Letter Seeking Process


  • Application closes on January 12, 2024 at 11:59pm PST
  • Selected participants notified by the end of February; selected participants will have 48 hours to accept or decline their offer.
  • ADVANCE Undergraduate Institute program dates are March 21 – March 23, 2024


Click here to APPLY  to AUI 2024


Questions? Email the Director, Marco Monroy, PhD at  and include “AUI” in the subject line.