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Application Guidelines

Online Application
• All applicants must complete an URP application form with a personal statement online at
https://campus.embarkapply.com/watson/urp/loginnew.aspx.  
• Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications are not accepted.
• You may submit your application before the recommendation letters have been uploaded by your referees.
• Once an application has been submitted, changes cannot be made.  Please review your application carefully before submitting.
To use the online application system, you must first register as a user. On the main login page, there is a link that says "New User? Register Here" to the right of the "Go" button. If you do not see this option, make sure your internet browser is up-to-date and/or try a different browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari). If you continue to experience problems, please contact Embark, the application manager, at https://embarkadmissions.zendesk.com/hc/en-us or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal Statement
• Your personal statement is limited to a single page - approximately 600 words or 3,250 characters (including spaces), single-spaced.  You should use a minimum of 1-inch margins.
•  You should ensure that your statement is legible.  We would appreciate a minimum of 11-point font, preferably sans serif (such as Helvetica).  Other traditional fonts, such as Times New Roman, are also acceptable.

Dates and Deadlines
• The 2016 URP Program will be held from Monday, June 13 - Saturday, August 13, 2016. We can not accommodate other dates.
• The deadline for receipt of completed applications, including letters of recommendation, is January 15, 2016, at 11:59 pm (23:59) Pacific Standard Time (equivalent to January 16, 2016, 07:59 UTC/GMT).  Applications will not be reviewed if they are received after the deadline.
• Recommendation letters will not be accepted after the application deadline. Please make sure your referees are aware of the January 15 deadline when you ask them to write a recommendation.  Most referees need at least a month to complete a letter.  If your referee has any problems uploading the letter to the online application system, they should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.
• Notification of application status will be sent by the end of March 2016.
• If your academic semester conflicts with the dates of the URP program, you are still eligible to apply. If you are accepted into the Program, we will discuss how your academic schedule can be accommodated. For instance, in past years, some students have arranged with their professors at their home university to take one or more final exam at CSHL. But please note that all URP researchers are expected to participate in the program as a single group and should therefore plan to be at CSHL from June 13 to August 13.

Eligibility

• Students of any nationality are eligible for the program. 
• Students should have a strong academic background in a science.  Although the Program emphasizes the biological sciences, students with engineering, chemistry, computer science, math, or physics backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. 
• Students must be returning to an undergraduate degree program following their URP summer research experience; current sophomores and juniors, or the equivalent, are eligible.  Only in exceptional cases will first-year undergraduate students, with prior independent research experience, be considered.
• Previous laboratory research experience will help your application but is not required.
• If your academic semester conflicts with the dates of the URP program, you are still eligible to apply.  If you are accepted into the Program, we will discuss how your academic schedule can be accommodated. For instance, in past years, some students have arranged with their professors at their home university to take one or more final exam at CSHL. But please note that all URP researchers are expected to participate in the program as a single group and should therefore plan to be at CSHL from June 13 to August 13.

Grades & Transcripts
• Official transcripts are not required.
• There is no minimum GPA required.  Successful applicants generally have GPAs around 3.5 or higher in their science and math courses.
• If your grades are not based on a 4.0 scale, please note your institution's grading scale and the actual class mark you received on the application. Also indicate the best possible mark.  For example, if your university scale is 1 to 5, then note your grade as X/5, 1=best.

International Applicants
• Students of any nationality are eligible for the program.
• TOELF or IELTS scores are not required for admission to the URP program.
• If your grades are not based on a 4.0 scale, please note your institution's grading scale and the actual class mark you received on the application. Also indicate the best possible mark.  For example, if your university scale is 1 to 5, then note your grade as X/5, 1=best.

Recommendation Letters
• Applicants must arrange for two recommendation letters from professors - preferably in math or science - to be submitted online.  We do not accept more than two recommendation letters.
• If you have previous research experience, recommendation letters from professors with whom you have worked in a lab are especially encouraged.  Letters from graduate students or postdocs in the lab are less effective.
• Faxed, mailed, or emailed recommendation letters are not accepted.
• Your referees will upload their recommendation letters directly to the online application system manager. When you fill in the application, you will submit the email addresses of your referees.  Your referees will receive an email with instructions on how to upload their recommendation letter online. Please tell your referee that they will receive an email from the Embark application system so this notification email does not end up in spam.
• You may submit your application before recommendation letters have been uploaded by your referees.
• Recommendation letters will not be accepted after the application deadline. Please make sure your referees are aware of the January 15 deadline when you ask them to write a recommendation.  Most referees need at least a month to complete a letter.  If your referee has any problems uploading the letter to the online application system, they should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly.

Stipend
• Students receive a stipend of $5000.  All room & board expenses will be covered.
• Travel costs are not reimbursed.