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FAQ | Projects (this link will be live in early December)


What are the steps in applying for an HB-REX internship?

There are two different processes for applying to HB-REX internships - one is for students with existing research mentors, and the other is for those who do not have an existing mentor and are applying to a specific project. Both application processes are of similar length and rigor, so do not worry that you will be at a disadvantage if you don't have a faculty mentor already.
(1) For those without mentors: In early December, our HB-REX Project Directory will go live, showcasing all of the various research projects available for you to apply to. You can submit an application to a maximum of three specific projects indicating your interest in becoming an HB-REX summer research intern. Each application form you fill out applies only to one specific project, so you would have to repeat the application process for as many projects as you wish to apply for. Links to the project directory will be posted in this FAQ answer and elsewhere on our website when available. The application is due Saturday January 30, 2016. Faculty mentors will receive these applications and ask some applicants to interview for the internship.
(2) For those with existing mentors: you can submit an "Existing Mentor" application, in which you will outline the nature of the project you will be working on and your background with that mentor / research lab. This application is due by Saturday January 30, 2016, and links to the application form will be posted in this FAQ answer and elsewhere on our website when available. If you have a research mentor already and your application is accepted, the next step is to work out the details of the HB-REX Contract. In close consultation with your research mentor, you will write a more detailed description of your internship project and work out the details of your internship. Approval of a satisfactory HB-REX Contract is required for final acceptance into the program. 

Who is eligible for the HB-REX program?
Human Biology majors who are sophomores or juniors currently enrolled in the Core are eligible to apply for an HB-REX internship this summer. Sophomores take priority over juniors. You must complete the declaration process by the end of Spring Quarter to participate. Don’t delay this process, as it may take a few weeks for your declaration to be fully processed! 

Is this program also open to Hum Bio juniors and seniors who are not currently in the Core?
HB-REX is designed for students just beginning research, while other resources are available to support more advanced students. Junior and seniors working on Honors projects should take advantage of the generous support offered by the UAR student grants program. The deadlines for these applications is March 1, so check into this option asap!
UAR grants
However, in special cases we do offer a few HB-REX internships to juniors who are just beginning to explore research options.

Am I still eligible for HB-REX if I haven’t yet found a mentor?
Yes. In early December, we will post the list of HB-REX projects for the following summer here and elsewhere on our website. You may apply for up to three projects - each application is for a specific project, so you will have to repeat the application process for each project you wish to apply to. Mentors will interview candidates on the basis of these applications.

Do I get paid for working as an HB-REX intern?
Yes, the summer wage in 2015 will be $16/hr full-time for 8-10 weeks. Compensation is made in the form of a stipend based on a good-faith estimate of total hours worked; 100% of this stipend is paid in advance to cover housing and other living expenses.

The payment is subject to tax and will be reported on your 1098T form, which can be found here:

Is summer housing available?
Yes, HB-REX interns have the option of living in campus housing over the summer. Students interested in living on campus will request housing directly through an online web form and will pay for it from the HB-REX stipend. Note that living on campus is not a requirement for participating in HB-REX.  Students involved in fieldwork with a faculty mentor at an off-campus research site must also pay for room and board expenses from their HB-REX stipend.

Can I be involved in HB-REX if I can't work full-time?
Yes, but you must work at least 320 hours total, and you will get paid only for the amount of time you work. Thus if you work 80% over 10 weeks, you receive only part of the full stipend. Last year some students did arrange to be away from campus for a few days during their 8-10 week internship period. This needs to be worked out with your advisor well in advance!

Can I combine HB-REX research with summer school classes?
No. We've found that the intensive summer classes some Hum Bio students take in physics and chemistry are too demanding to allow the full-time engagement in research that is the main goal of the HB-REX program.  The university also places restrictions on the number of hours that paid interns can spend in class.

Can this project count as my Hum Bio internship?
It's a Stanford rule that you can't both get paid and get academic credit for the same job on campus. If you are planning to work for 10 weeks, you may reduce your HB-REX stipend and use up to three weeks of this time (unpaid) towards your internship. If you work only 8 weeks, then it is not possible to use any of the time towards your internship. This kind of arrangement must be clear from the outset, in consultation with your faculty mentor and approved by the HB-REX program. The Hum Bio Student Advisors will guide you in preparing your internship proposal, which needs to be approved in advance by all concerned.

Will HB-REX support an off-campus research project?
HB-REX supports involvement in a closely supervised project directly related to the research program of a Stanford faculty member. If the off-campus project you develop fits this criterion (as in fieldwork in which the faculty mentor is actively involved), then you are eligible for HB-REX support, even if you would not be working on campus.

How do you decide who gets awarded an HB-REX stipend?
Because we have many more applicants than stipends available, the HB-REX program is competitive. Decisions will be made based on several factors, including motivation for doing research and availability of a good match between a student and a research mentor.

Where can I get more information?
For general information about the HB-REX program you should talk with Dr. Katherine Preston (kpreston@stanford; Bldg. 20, Room 22F) or Linda Barghi (lindab@stanford; Bldg. 20, Room 22D) in the Human Biology Program building.