Who should apply?
The summer undergraduate research program is geared towards undergraduates who have a strong passion for scientific research and are seriously considering graduate studies in neuroscience. We encourage applications from future researchers whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in the sciences, or who are from institutions that do not have large research programs.
Visiting student applicants must be current undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International undergraduates attending a U.S. educational institution are also eligible to apply.
Princeton University undergraduates are also most welcome to apply. However graduating seniors are ineligible for this program.
Are Non U.S. citizens eligible to apply?
It depends. Non U.S. citizens/residents who attend a U.S. educational institution are eligible to apply. Non U.S. citizens/residents who attend a college or university located outside of the U.S. are not eligible to apply.
Are high school students, incoming college freshmen, or recent college graduates eligible to apply?
No. Applicants should be current undergraduates - rising sophomores, rising juniors, or rising seniors during the summer they participate in the program. High school students, incoming college freshmen, as well as students who will receive their bachelor’s degree before the start date of the summer program are not eligible to apply.
What are the application requirements?
To apply to the summer program, please submit the following:
- Application form (submitted online)
- Personal statement (included in the online application form)
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members (submitted online by faculty recommenders - separate from the application form)
- Transcript(s) of all undergraduate courses and grades, including the 2013 Fall semester submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unofficial transcript copies are acceptable.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is March 15, 2014. All required application components must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 15.
What should I write about in my personal statement? Is there a word limit?
In your personal statement, please briefly describe your academic background, research interests, career goals, reasons for applying to the program, and how your participation in the program may assist in attaining your future ambitions. Please limit your statement to 750 words.
How can I learn more about the PNI faculty and their research, to help decide which labs most interest me?
In your application form, we ask you to specify 3 or 4 PNI labs in which you would most prefer to work. You can learn more about our faculty and their research by exploring the PNI website, starting at the research page. Please note that not all of the faculty listed on this page will be participating in the program this year; only those listed in the application form will be valid choices.
How do I submit letters of recommendation?
Please enter your referees’ names, titles, phone numbers and institutional email addresses on page 4 of the online application. Once you click the "Update" button, an email will then go out to each referee with a link for them to submit their online recommendation on your behalf. You do not need to submit your application for your recommenders to receive their email notices. Please only supply an institutional email address (.edu, .org, .gov) for both your referees. We will not accept referee email addresses from private accounts such as Gmail, AOL, Yahoo, Google, etc. Please contact Dawn Tindall at email@example.com with any questions, problems, or concerns regarding this policy.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
It is helpful to have your recommendation letters come from college level advisors, professors, researchers, or professionals who can remark on your laboratory skills, academic background, problem solving abilities, and overall scholarship. Recommendations can be written by faculty/advisors from your home institution or by professionals outside your home institution (such as an advisor from a past internship). Current college freshmen should avoid submitting recommendations from high school teachers but should feel free to mention high school achievements in their personal statement.
Can I change my referee?
You can change your referee only if she/he has not submitted a recommendation yet. To do so, log in to your application, revise the referee information and click the button to update your application. An automated email with the recommendation link will then go out to the new referee asking her/him to submit a recommendation on your behalf. The original referee will also receive an email notifying her/him that the prior invitation s/he received is no longer valid. Please let your original referee know of the change before she/he receives the automated email notice.
How do I submit my online application?
After you complete the four page online application including the personal statement section, please click the "Approve Application" button on the application home page to submit your application form for consideration.
Can I submit my application before my recommendation letters are received?
Yes. You can submit/approve your application before your recommendation letters are submitted.
How can I find out if my recommendation letters were submitted?
Please log in to the online application homepage to check the status of your letters. The reference letter status is listed at the bottom of your application home page. You can log in to the system and check the status of your recommendations anytime.
How do I submit my transcript(s)?
An unofficial copy is acceptable. In order to submit a transcript, please email an electronic or scanned version of your transcript that you obtained from your college or university to Dawn Tindall. Please include your name and “PNI-SIP Application” in the subject line of your email.
Transcripts should be sent as a .pdf, .doc, .docx, .jpg, or .html file.
Please do not mail a hard copy of your transcript. If you are offered admission to the program and accept the offer, you will be required to submit an official hard copy of your transcript from your current college or university. Mailing instructions will be included in the offer letter.
How can I find out if my application is complete?
You will also receive an email notice regarding any missing components before the application deadline. Please log in to the online application homepage to check the status of your application.
When will I be informed about the status of my application?
All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee's decision by email in early/mid May. Please see the application homepage for this year’s specific date.
Why does the application ask about racial/ethnic identities, disabilities, or disadvantaged backgrounds?
We encourage applications from research-oriented undergraduates whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in the sciences. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, provides standard defined categories of groups of individuals who may be underrepresented in health-related sciences. For the official designations of these groups, please see this list of definitions. Our program may offer some additional assistance to the most qualified applicants from any of these recognized categories. If you self-identify as a member of one of these groups, please contact Dawn Tindall at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about possible additional resources available to you.
When does the program start and end?
The program runs for nine weeks starting in mid-June. Please see the program website for this summer’s start and end dates.
Is housing provided?
No, the PNI does not provide housing for summer interns. However, if you have specific questions about housing arrangements on or off campus, please contact Dawn Tindall at email@example.com.
What is expected of a summer program student?
Each student is placed in a world-class research laboratory – headed by a Faculty member – and carries out an original research project. Students will experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.
How are students placed in a lab?
We carefully match students to labs based on their research interests as indicated in their application form, recommendation letters and personal statement. We take into consideration each applicant’s overall experience, academic background, and objectives to ensure a good match. Particular lab requests cannot be guaranteed.