High School Program

All academically motivated high school students in grades 9 – 12 who have a passion for science are welcome. 

About the High School Program

Lectures from Stanford faculty and other scientists in the Stanford community will be held Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8pm on the Stanford campus. The program will be offered throughout the academic year with each academic quarter representing a different science theme. Students must apply each quarter.


The Stanford Science Circle runs during the Stanford academic year, with 10 sessions each quarter. We do not offer a summer quarter.

Fall 2016 Quarter Dates: September 27-December 7, 2016 Tuition: $250

Winter 2017 Quarter Dates: January 11, 2017-March 15, 2017 Tuition: $250

Spring 2017 Quarter Dates: April 5, 2017 - June 7,2017 Tuition: $250


The fee for participation is $250 per academic quarter for the High School Program. This fee covers expenses for session leaders, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities. Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family.

Spring 2017 Quarter Schedule: Environmental & Earth Sciences.  

This Spring's theme is “Environmental & Earth Sciences. .” The sessions will be held from April 5 to June 7, 2017. Stay tuned for more details.

Winter 2017 Quarter Schedule: Physical Science and Engineering 

This Winter's theme is “Physical Science and Engineering.” The sessions will be held from January 11 to March 15, 2017.

Week 1: January 11

  • Title: Engineering Light Sensitive Proteins to Control Neurons
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky

Week 2: January 18

  • Title: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Accumulation and Ocean Acidification
  • Instructor: Jagruti Vendamti

Week 3: January 25

  • Engineering the Genome – From Basic Science to Clinical Trials
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky.

Week 4: February 1

  • Title: Creating Neuroscience Tools Through Protein Engineering
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky.

Week 5: February 8

  • Title: Journey from the Solar System to the edge of the Universe
  • Instructor: Mattia Di Mauro

Week 6: February 15

  • Title: The Large Hadron Collider: The World’s Biggest Collider that Discovered the 'God Particle'
  • Instructor: Mattia Di Mauro

Week 7: February 22- Class will be held in room 380X

  • Title: Introduction to General Relativity: Exploring black holes, neutron stars, and the emerging field of gravitational wave astronomy
  • Instructor: Solomon Endlich

Week 8: March 1

  • Title: De-twinkling the Stars with Adaptive Optics
  • Instructor: Vanessa Bailey

Week 9: March 8

  • Title: Organic Molecules that Changed the World
  • Instructor: Charlie Cox, Ph.D

Week 10: March 15

  • Title: Inorganic Molecules that Changed the World
  • Instructor: Charlie Cox, Ph.D

Fall 2016 Quarter Schedule: Biological and Medical Sciences

This Fall's theme is “Biological and Medical Science.” The sessions will be held from September 27 to December 6, 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Week 1: September 28 

  • Title: Cranial Nerves and Neurological Exams
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 2: October 5

  • Title: Neuroanatomy and Brain Scans
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 3: October 12

  • This session has been cancelled. 
  • A make-up session has been scheduled for December 14th.

Week 4: October 19

  • Title: Addressing Social Determinants of Health: A Pediatrician Driven Approach
  • Instructor: Baraka D. Floyd, MD, MSc

Week 5: October 26

  • Title: Neuroanatomy of the Human Cerebral Cortex
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 6: November 2

  • Title: What Do We Know About the 3 lbs Between Our Ears?
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky

Week 7: November 9

  • Title: Cancer Biology 101: A Crash Course in Causes and Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Instructor: Melissa Ko

Week 8: November 16

  • Title: Finding a Cure for Cancer: An Overview of Treatments and Why They Fail
  • Instructor: Melissa Ko

Week 9: November 30

  • Title: Vaccine development for Viral Diseases-Part I
  • Instructor: Julie Fogarty

Week 10: December 7

  • Title: Vaccine development for Viral Diseases-Part II
  • Instructor: Julie Fogarty

Week 11: December 14th (Week 3 Make-Up Session)

  • Title: Postpartum/Perinatal Depression
  • Instructor: Baraka D. Floyd, MD, MSc