1. What are the program objectives?
The objective of the program is to show undergraduates what graduate research in a professional working laboratory is like. Our hope is for students to consider applying for graduate school after completing the program and their undergraduate education. We like to recruit a diverse, talented body of undergraduate students from around the country and from a variety of engineering and science disciplines. The program is particularly interested in reaching women, minorities, and, in general, student groups that have had traditionally low representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
2. How many students are accepted into the program?
We fund a maximum of 10 students each summer.
3. What kind of activities do students participate in during the 10-weeks?
There are mandatory social and professional activities during the week, as well as a field trip to a government research facility. There is a final oral presentation about your research, as well as a closing poster symposium that includes all summer programs on the Johns Hopkins Medical campus. There are suggested activities for the weekend, but otherwise weekends are free for students to make individual plans.
4. Can I be a freshman/senior and participate in the program?
Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and plan to return to an undergraduate program after the REU program ends. This means that you must have finished at least your freshman year of college by the time the program starts. Furthermore, it means that if you are a senior and graduate before this program begins, you are NOT eligible to apply.
5. Can I be accepted into the program if I am not a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or non-citizen national?
Our sponsor, the National Science Foundation, requires that all REU participants are U.S. citizens or permanent resident of the United States, it’s territories, or possessions. There are no exceptions.
6. What if I am invited to participate, but I won’t be able to join the program until after the start date. Will that be a problem?
Yes, the research experience program has a schedule and requires a lot of participation in laboratory research, seminars, professional development workshops, and other activities. If you were to begin late, you may not be able to complete your research project. Therefore, we cannot accept any late participants. The same rule applies to those who would like to leave the program early. If you are invited to participate in INBT’s REU program, you must commit to staying for the entire 10-weeks.
7. How do I send all these documents?
All documents must be submitted electronically through the online application form. We stipulate this requirement so your application can be processed as quickly as possible. Submission of letters of recommendation can also be done online. Once you submit the recommenders’ information in the application, an email is sent to that person. By using the form in the email he/she can complete your recommendation and upload a letter if they choose.
Transcripts should be mailed to the address provided on the application or electronically in the application form.
8. What should I include in my personal statement and how should it be formatted?
Your personal statement should answer the following questions: Which aspects of the REU program interests you? What makes you a competitive candidate for the program? What are your professional goals? What are your relevant career, academic, and/or civic accomplishments?
Your statement should be limited to a single, letter-size page, 11-point font, and margins should not exceed 0.5 inches.
9. How will I be matched with my faculty mentor and research plan?
Your education, interests, and research background are taken into consideration when we select your faculty mentor. If you have a particular research interest, please mention this in your application. Students remain in their mentor’s lab throughout their 10-week stay at Johns Hopkins.
10. If accepted to the REU program, will I receive the stipend as one lump sum or will it be divided?
You will receive travel assistance or arrangements to and from the Johns Hopkins campus (reimbursed with original travel receipts) and also a $5,250 stipend to be used at your discretion throughout the summer. This money will be paid to you in semi-monthly checks.
11. Where will I stay while I am at Johns Hopkins?
Students will stay in apartments within walking distance of the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. Apartments are shared and students are paired with other INBT REU students. For those students that work on the medical campus, there are free shuttle stops on campus for your convenience.
12. How do I find a specific faculty member or locate his/her research specialization?
Please use the INBT faculty webpage: http://inbt.jhu.edu/research