FAQs

Summer Program

Will BME CUReS Cancer offer the program in summer 2018?

We are prepared to offer the 2018 program, pending renewal of our NSF Grant.

I have no research experience. Am I eligible?

Yes! Past research experience is not a requirement for this program. The program faculty select cancer research projects appropriate for undergraduate students with no prior research experience for 10 weeks of work, including training.

What majors are eligible?

All engineering disciplines and quantitative science majors are eligible. Any science major that requires higher-level mathematical and statistical methods for undergraduates can be considered quantitative science.

I am a junior (rising senior). Can I apply?

Yes. Keep in mind the offers for this program are prioritized for rising sophomores (first-year students completing their first year), and the program focuses research and professional development activities targeted for rising sophomores, so your application may not be as competitive for this program as a rising junior or senior.

I haven’t taken any biology or biomedical classes yet. Can I still do biomedical engineering research?

Yes! Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to solve problems to improve medicine. This summer program focuses on cancer-related research, but no previous knowledge of cancer biology is required. See the key research challenges for more information.

Where will Scholars live and work during the program?

Scholars will live in Campus Housing on The University of Texas at Austin main campus. Scholars may share a room with another visiting Scholar in the same program. Most program activities will be based in the Biomedical Engineering Building.

I have to travel in summer. Is it okay if I leave the program for a few days?

No. You are required to be in Austin and participating in the program 100% of the time for the whole duration of the 10-weeks.

How many hours a week are Scholars expected to be on campus during the program?

Weekly activities and research requirements will vary. Scholars should expect to be on campus the equivalent of a full-time job, or about 40 hours per week.

I understand that Scholars must submit an abstract for the BMES Annual Meeting in October 2017. Am I required to attend the meeting?

Yes, and Scholars will be provided funds to support their travel to the 2018 BMES Annual Meeting. Additionally, the REU directors, graduate student mentors, and faculty mentors who attend the BMES meeting will arrange a BME CURes Cancer reunion each year at BMES.

What is Austin like?

Austin is the capitol of the state of Texas. Located in Central Texas, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million residents. The city has been nicknamed the “Live Music Capitol of the World” because of its prolific live music scene, and “Silicon Hills” due to the large and growing number of technology companies in Austin. In addition to having a lot to do, Austin is in Forbes Top 20 cities as Best Places for Businesses and Careers, including a strong and growing biotechnology industry.

What is the weather like in Austin from May to August?

Average high temperatures are 84-91F in May, and 91-96F in August. Average low temperatures are 63-69F in May, and 71-73F in August. High temperatures can reach or exceed 100F in July and August.

 

Application

How do I use this Interfolio application?

It is important that you follow instructions to complete the application correctly. See this useful instructional document to walk you through the online application. See also Interfolio’s Support pages.

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply after February 1?

No, the online application must be completed and submitted by the deadline of February 1.

My application is complete and submitted on time. When will I hear if I am admitted?

All applicants will receive an email notification of the admission decision on or around April 15.

I uploaded the wrong document and submitted the application. Can I email you a corrected version?

No, all application materials are received through the online application. No materials will be accepted by email or mail. Detailed instructions for uploading documents before submission are provided here.

I need to make a change to my application after submitting. Can I update my application?

No, once you have submitted your application, it can no longer be changed.

Do I need to send in an official transcript?

Uploading an unofficial PDF copy of your transcript through Fall/Winter term 2016 is adequate.

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

You may ask anyone to write you a letter, however the strongest letters for this program will be from college professors in science, math, physics, and engineering disciplines.

When do the letters of recommendation need to be uploaded?

Letters must be uploaded by writers no later than February 15. Following these instructions, the individuals you enter to provide letters of recommendation will receive an email with a link and instructions for uploading their letter. They must be uploaded by February 15 in order for your application to be considered complete. Please be sure to communicate this to your letter writers. You may also resend a recommendation request and verify the letter writer’s email address through Interfolio.

Can my letter writers email or mail their letter?

No, letters must be uploaded confidentially through Interfolio. Writers will receive an email with instructions for uploading their letter.

I am a student at The University of Texas at Austin. Am I eligible?

No. The National Science Foundation grant supporting this program requires that all participants are from universities external to the REU site. UT Austin students interested in participating in an NSF REU program can search for an REU site here.

I am not a US Citizen, am I eligible?

The National Science Foundation grant supporting this program requires that all participants are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents (Green Card holder).

I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Please contact Margo Cousins if you have further questions.