Application PRIORITY deadline is typically the end of February.
- Freshmen (rising sophomore) enrolled in university* and in good academic standing. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply, but may not be as competitive since this program is designed for rising sophomores.
- Engineering or quantitative science major
- US Citizen, US National, or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
- Must be available to be solely committed to the program during the summer dates
- Enthusiasm and readiness for research; no previous research experience required
*Students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin are not eligible for this program.
All application materials are required and must be submitted through the online Interfolio application by the deadline. Review these step-by-step instructions for submitting your application through Interfolio. Please also see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Submission by the deadline: typically beginning of March
The online application must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time on the deadline. Application materials are only accepted through the online application; no materials sent by email or mail will be included in the application review.
Please upload a PDF copy of your resume into the application. We recommend limiting to no more than 2 pages.
Please upload a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript, with courses taken and grades earned through the Fall/Winter term. You do not need to have your university send an official transcript.
Please upload a separate PDF for each short answer essay to the following three questions. Each answer should be 300 words or less.
Question 1. Tell us about how you learned something outside of a formal classroom environment. What impact did this experience have on you?
Question 2. Tell us about a challenge that you were faced with and how you were able to overcome this adversity. What was your strategy to persevere and what did you learn?
Question 3. Tell us about a scientific topic or topics that you have been exposed to in your coursework that excite you. Why are they of particular interest to you?
Two Letters of Recommendation typically by mid March
Please enter the name and email address for two individuals who will provide to write a letter of recommendation. Letters from anyone will be accepted, however letters from professors at your college or university in science, math, physics, or engineering disciplines are stronger recommendation letters for this program. Both letters must be uploaded by 11:59pm Eastern Time on the deadline, in order for your application to be reviewed.
Letter writers will be notified by email from Interfolio when you enter their information into the online application; you do not need to submit your application before they will be notified. You may resend letter requests through Interfolio. You can provide instructions to your letter writers from Interfolio’s help page for letter writers.
Applicants would typically check their application status through Interfolio. All applicants who submit a complete application typically received a decision on or around April 1.