Summer Student Research Program FAQ

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Application FAQs

Where is the application located?

The application can be found and submitted electronically here:

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for the Delaware INBRE Summer Student Research program?

All undergraduate students are eligible to apply, provided that they:

Are enrolled full-time as a rising sophomore or above;
Delaware resident or attend Delaware college/university; and
Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents

I’m graduating from college in the Spring before the program begins, may I still apply?

No, only full-time, currently enrolled undergraduate students who are rising sophomores or above are eligible to apply. High school students, graduates, and medical school students are not eligible. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

When is the application deadline?

Students must have all sections of the application completed and received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) March 1, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

How are transcripts submitted?

Transcripts must be uploaded with your application as per Application instructions. We cannot accept applications via regular mail, fax, or email. Please include your most complete transcript which provides the most complete review of the courses you have taken.

I have a double major. How should I list my GPA?

Please provide the average GPA over both majors.

How does the  selection procedure work?

The selection procedure is as follows:
Student application, essay, resume, transcript and letters of recommendation will be reviewed by our selection committee.
Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview. Selected candidates will then complete interviews with prospective mentor for summer research if requested by the mentor.
Formal offers will be extended to those selected and notifications will be sent to those not selected.

Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

We accept letters of recommendation from professors who know you and/or you have studied with, research mentors, physicians you have researched with, your prior employers or volunteer supervisors and other types of supervisors you may have had prior to the internship.  As stated above, we highly recommend your letter come from your research mentor if you already have research experience. We do not accept letters from fellow students, graduate students, family members or individuals who do not know you personally.

How should I have my reference’s address the recommendation letter?

Letters can be addressed to the Delaware INBRE Summer Student Research Program Selection Committee

Only one letter will be accepted per applicant

How do I select the research group I will work with and/or the project I will study?

Applicants are asked to review the research opportunities and research institutions on this website prior to applying for the program here:

Once the student has determined there is a real interest in a project/mentor/research area, the student should submit the Delaware INBRE Summer Student Research Program application expressing an interest in a prospective mentor in their application.

If I’m not accepted for Summer Student Research Program, may I apply again next year?

We encourage students to re-apply if eligibility requirements are still able to be met.

What does “Low Income” mean?

A: The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. You may find your family’s income status by looking at the US Department of Education page.

What does does the question “First Generation” mean?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. This means that you are the first in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

Program FAQs

What are the start and end dates of the Summer Student Research program? Are the program dates flexible?

Program dates vary depending on which institution you will be performing your summer research with.
University of Delaware and Christiana Care begins June 3, 2024 and ends August 8, 2024 with June 19th & July 4th off.
Nemours and Delaware State University begins May 28, 2024 and end August 2, 2024 with June 19th & July 4th off.
Delaware Tech students will follow the dates of the location above they are assigned to.
Scholars must attend their institution specific orientation at the start of the program. Full-time hours are required during the program.

Is anything required besides full-time research in order to receive the allowance?

Participation in all Delaware INBRE Summer Scholar events (for example: weekly seminars, program orientation, supplemental seminars, annual retreat and final research symposium) is required. Program orientation and the final research symposium cannot be excused due to content requirements. Failure to attend other mandatory events without prior approval may result in loss of partial or full allowance.

How much is the Delaware INBRE Summer Student Research allowance?

The allowance for Summer 2024 will range from $5000 to $6000 depending on at which institution your mentor is located. Please contact the mentor’s institution INBRE office for more information.

Is housing provided?

Please contact the mentor’s institution INBRE office for more information (contact list here)

I was planning on taking a summer class. Is this okay?

Summer classes have been shown to negatively impact research projects, shadowing opportunities, and other required events and are strongly discouraged. Any plans to take a class or other summer commitments that could impact full participation must be disclosed during the application or interview process. Failure to do so will disqualify you from the program.

Will I be able to continue training with my lab/research group after my participation when the program ends?

A student may continue to train with their mentor following completion of the program at the mentor’s discretion. Not all labs or research groups will have the room or funds available for additional personnel so please ask before attempting to continue the research.
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