Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequent applicant questions . . .

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

A: To be eligible for consideration for SRIP, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate college student
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Submit an on-line application and supporting materials by the application deadline


Q:
What are the expectations of interns chosen to participate in the program?

A: If admitted, interns must commit full effort, 40 hours per week for ten weeks, to conducting their research project. Interns attend all scheduled lectures and events. Interns submit a one-page abstract and give an oral presentation at SRIP’s final symposia. Interns must abide by UVA’s Honor Code.

 

Q: Is Health Insurance required to participate in the program?

A: Yes, all participants in laboratory research must have health insurance.  If admitted, you will need to provide proof of insurance before you can join your lab.

 

Q: I am an international student studying in the United States or at a university in my home country.  Am I eligible to apply for your program?

A: At this time our funding sources require that our interns be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa. We are unable to admit individuals who do not meet the residency requirements.

 

Q: When will those who have been admitted to the program be notified?

A: We begin reviewing applications in early January and begin making offers at that time.

 

Q: I have an offer from another program, but I’d rather attend UVA and I have not heard your decision.  What should I do?

A: Please let us know that you have received another offer.  If it is possible, we will expedite the review of your application and give you a decision.

 

Q: I have an offer from another program and I am accepting.  What should I do?

A: Please let us know that your application should be withdrawn from consideration for SRIP.   This will avoid your needing to complete an offer response form from us, and help us fill our class more efficiently.  Also, please accept our heartiest congratulations.

 

Q: I have graduated from college recently.  Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Recent degree recipients are eligible.  If you are in a Post-baccalaureate program, or starting on a masters level degree in order to transition to a PhD program, your application would need to make it very clear as to how you would benefit from any additional research training that SRIP could offer you.

 

Q: I am a first-year college student, or I have only recently become interested in research and have little to no research experience.  Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes.  To be competitive, you will need excellent recommendations and very strong written statements on your application.   We have recently had highly-qualified first-years, as well as non-science majors transitioning to science and pre-medical students moving toward research, participate in SRIP and execute very successful summer research projects.

 

Q: Is there a minimum GPA I must have in order to apply to the program?

A: No.  We look at the entire application and do not disqualify applicants based on a single feature.