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2023 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Application is now CLOSED

Interested in applying to our 2024 summer programs? Aren’t sure when the application opens?
Share your contact information through the linked Jot Form and you will be contacted the first week our application(s) open this fall!

Undergraduate applications:
All applicants will be required to submit an essay, unofficial transcripts, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation. In order to be eligible for our undergraduate programs, students must be US citizens or permanent residents, have not graduated from college by the start of our program June 3, 2024, and over the age of 18.

**If you are writing a recommendation letter for an applicant, please click here.**

Undergraduate Application Instructions

1st – Complete your registration

Create an account and login to the application system by clicking the “Apply Here” button at the bottom of this page.

Create an applicant account AND complete the CONTACT INFORMATION section.
Be sure to use your current e-mail address as your username and choose a password you will remember.

Request Letters of Recommendation early in the process.
Before you complete your application form and submit, enter the name and e-mail address of both recommenders. Be sure to press the “Send E-mail” button to send your letter of recommendation request early in the process.

NOTE: Sending the e-mail request immediately will help ensure your recommenders submit your letters before the application deadline while allowing you to complete and submit the application at your own pace. Please follow up with your recommenders after a few days to ensure they received the request, sometimes the emails go to spam folders.

You can login to your application account anytime to see the status of your letters.

2nd – Assemble Your Application Materials

Please have the following items ready before you begin your application:

      • Academic Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts are preferred, but both official and unofficial are accepted. Upload a scanned version of your transcripts through the application form, or have an electronic copy of your official transcripts sent to
      • Current GPA
      • Personal Statement Essay: In 700 words or less, describe your interest in the research experience, what you hope to gain, and how the opportunity fits into your future academic and career plans. If you have any relevant research experience, please remember to include that as well.
      • Resume: If this is your first time creating a resume, we encourage you to search for examples of undergraduate resumes and follow a simple template (they can be found on Word or online). The easier the resume is to review, the more likely reviewers will catch important elements to your experience that couldn’t be included in the resume (e.g. length of time in a research lab or computational skills). Current work experience outside of research labs should be highlighted as well as volunteer services.

3rd – Selecting Participating Faculty and Research Projects

Before completing your application, visit the Faculty and Projects page. You should become familiar with faculty and research projects that will be available for summer research experiences. You should select up to five projects of interest on the application form. Take the time to decide which types of research you are interested in doing, and carefully look through faculty projects to find labs that align with those interests. While we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in your top choices, we will do our best to match you to a lab based on your interests and selected faculty members and projects. 

4th – Complete the Application Form

Once you submit your completed application, you will ONLY have the ability to update your contact information and recommenders.

Important Note: Make sure you add AND to your e-mail contacts to ensure you receive all of our e-mail communication. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after creating an applicant account and/or submitting your complete application, check your spam folder. Please remember to ask your recommenders to do the same.

If you need to log back in to complete your application please visit: and click the green “Log In” button

Complete applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

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Internships are funded by the National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Award #1358843, individual faculty grants, and the generosity of donors including the Emerson Foundation , Ithaca Garden Club, John Ben Snow, the Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County, Rheonix, Triad Foundation Inc, Yunis Realty , and many individual donors.

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