Shadow Program (for High School students)

We are excited to announce 2022 IFSS will return to in-person shadowing this year. The program will take place June 20th - July 1st, 2022.

Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing (IFSS)

The Stanford Department of Chemistry hosts the Inspiring Future Scientists Through Shadowing (IFSS) program each summer. This program gives rising juniors and seniors in high school an opportunity to experience cutting-edge chemical research while shadowing a graduate student mentor as they work in the laboratory.


Students MUST be over the age of 16 by the start of the program. We encourage applications from US citizens and permanent residents - particularly women and under-represented minorities. Preference will be given to local students, as no on-campus housing is available for this program. Participants must arrange for their own transportation to/from the Stanford Campus. There is no cost to participate.

COVID-19 Requirements

Updated March 2022: To comply with Stanford University policy requirements, all participants must be fully vaccinated and boosted (if booster eligible). Additionally, participants will be required to verify they do not have COVID-19 at the start of the program.

Application Information 

The 2022 IFSS application will be posted March 1st and be due May 1st. Students will be notified of their status by May 15th. Priority will be given to local applicants. The application includes two portions: an application from the student and a teacher recommendation (to be submitted directly by the recommending teacher). The application includes two or three questions - each answered with a few paragraphs - pertaining to how IFSS will help the applicant move toward their own professional/educational goals. The application will include a section reporting grades in science /mathematics coursework, as well as overall GPA (weighted/unweighted). While there are no formal requirements for coursework, a strong foundation in science/mathematics is preferred. Accepted students will be required to submit an official transcript confirming the information reported in their application. Please submit the student application and teacher recommendation to the IFSS contact email.

Application Links 

IFSS Student Application - 2022 

IFSS Teacher Recommendation - 2022 

Contact Information

IFSS.stanford [at]