FAQs

FAQs

Summer Research Internship Program

Answers to frequent applicant questions . . .

Transcripts ~ International Students ~ Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation Form Issues ~ Is my Application Complete? ~ Health Insurance Requirement

When are Offers of Admission Made? ~ Offer from Another Program

Accepting Another Offer Recent Graduate ~ Research Experience ~ Minimum GPA

Should I Send Supporting Materials Now? ~ My Recommenders Have Changed

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Q: Do I really need to send transcripts from every school I have attended, or can I send just the most recent?

A: If the following is true, you may send only the most recent transcript:  ALL the information from ALL prior schools attended is represented on the transcript from my current school.   TOP

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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: We accept all applications and in a few instances we have accepted international students.  Therefore, you are certainly eligible to apply, particularly if your long-term goal is to transition to graduate studies in the Biomedical Sciences in the United States.  It is important to note, however, that our program receives an incredible pool of highly-qualified applicants each year.  Because of this, admission rates for international students are about 1 out of every 1,000 applicants, or 0.1%.   TOP

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Q: Where do my recommenders send their letters?

A: After you complete the on-line application, you will be directed to a page with instructions and easy to fill in forms for recommenders.  Recommenders are not required to use the forms, but most find them convenient.  Full contact information and instructions are on the forms.   TOP

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Q: My recommender is having trouble filling in the PDF form.  It appears blank if he/she prints or save it.

A: Adobe forms have not been fillable in the past with Adobe Reader.  If your recommender does not have Adobe Acrobat or another PDF editor like Foxit installed, they may not be able to save their text.  In this case, they can complete a review on their own letterhead and use the PDF form as a guide.  Or, they can use the Microsoft Word form.   TOP

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Q: Will someone notify me when my application is complete, or when individual letters of recommendation and transcripts are received?

A: We will send out periodic emails to update applicants about their application status.   We will do this to make sure you have plenty of time to provide any missing support materials before the application deadline.  Due to the large number of applications we receive, we will no longer be able to respond to individual queries for status updates.   TOP

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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.

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

A: Generally, we start sending out offers of admissions around March 15th and the process continues until our class is filled in April.   Please be ready to respond if you receive an offer.  Depending on the how soon we need to fill the class, we may give you no more than 72 hours to respond.  Therefore, it is critical that you have weighed your options and can make whatever decision is best for you in a timely manner.   TOP

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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 the program name and deadline date.  If it is possible, we will expedite the review of your application and give you a decision.   TOP

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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.   TOP

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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.   TOP

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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.   TOP

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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.   TOP

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Q: I am planning to apply, but have not completed the on-line application yet.   Where do I send supporting materials like transcripts and letters of recommendation?

A:  You must first complete the on-line application before submitting any supporting materials.   If materials cannot be paired with a submitted application, they will be destroyed to protect confidentiality.   We treat all materials as highly confidential, and therefore we cannot maintain possession of any information which is not clearly needed to complete the duties of SRIP admissions.  Once you complete an application, you will be directed to a page with instructions for completing supporting materials.   TOP

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Q: I listed a group of recommenders on my application, but one or more of those recommenders named will not be providing a recommendation for me and will need to be replaced.   What do I need to do to make sure that my letters are processed properly?

A: Don't worry about sending us your updated recommender list.  When we receive a letter from someone not on your original list, we will add their name to our database.  However, if we are unsure to which applicant a specific letter refers we will set it aside.  Please make sure unlisted referrers identify you with specifics such as your major and current institution.   TOP

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