Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you provide housing?
No, we do not arrange for student housing. It is each student's responsibility to establish his or her own housing. Some students have had luck finding summer sublets on the web at craigslist.org under the "housing" category.
- If I am not accepted into the Program, may I be placed on a waiting list in case there is an opening?
Yes. Students who are not accepted in the first round are automatically placed on a waiting list. If an accepted student declines the offer, opening a slot in the Program, waitlisted students are contacted to determine if they are still interested in participating in the Program.
- I applied to the Summer Program and I understand that you will not be making acceptance decisions for several more weeks, but I really need to know sooner. I was offered another position for the summer and, although your Program is my first choice, I do not want to forgo this other opportunity in the event that I am not accepted to the Summer Program.
If you have a pressing issue that necessitates knowing your acceptance status before the announcement date, you may contact the Program Coordinator to explain your situation. We will do our best to update you on the current status of your application.
- How do you determine the amount of the stipend I will receive?
Summer Program funding sources often vary from year to year. Sometimes the Program is funded by grants that have specific guidelines or restrictions on how stipend money may be dispersed. Currently, we are unable to fund international students who do not possess a work visa, and these individuals may be further limited by funding source restrictions.
- My school is able to provide funding for me to participate in the Summer Progam. Is it okay to have an outside source of funding?
Absolutely. Not only is it okay, but if you can provide your own funding, it can help your chances of participating in the Program. We have limited funding available for stipends, and once it is allocated, we no longer accept students who are unable to pay their own way. We will also pay partial stipends if your outside source is able to provide only a portion of the stipend.
- The application you sent me asks for my GPA. I attend school outside of the United States and our grading system is different. What should I do?
If you attend an institution that has a different grading system, please arrange for a copy of your transcript to be mailed or emailed to the Program Coordinator.
- You've asked me to submit a "CV." What is that?
A CV, or curriculum vitae, is a written description of your work experience, educational background, and skills. Very similar to a resume, it is commonly used by individuals seeking an academic position at a college or university, or in a hospital setting.
- I have the list of mentors and the descriptions of their research, but I am having trouble deciding with whom I prefer to work. To help me with this decision, may I call the mentors to ask them more specific questions about their projects?
If you would like to talk to any of the mentors at any point before your acceptance into the Program, please contact the Program Coordinator who, if unable to answer your questions, will arrange to put you in touch with a mentor.
- I have a prior commitment at the end of June and will not be able to participate in the Program until the beginning of July. Is this okay?
Your exact start and end dates will be determined by you and your mentor. Although participation in the Program requires an eight-week commitment between June and August, you may work out a mutually agreeable schedule with your mentor.
- In addition to working on a research project in my mentor's lab, are there any other activities planned?
Yes. There will be a number of scheduled activities in which you may choose to participate. Please refer to the information provided in the About the Program section.