NSFREU Application

Biological Discovery in Woods Hole
Undergraduate Summer Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
Application for the 2020 Course Year

DEADLINE: Please submit all application forms, transcripts, and evaluations by 2/15/2020 for priority consideration. The final deadline is 3/10/2020.

Support Materials: All materials listed below must be ELECTRONICALLY submitted separately in .pdf format in order for your application to be complete.
  • Resume or CV
  • Transcripts (unofficial OK)
  • Statements of goals: one-page description of your short term goals (next three to five years). Please make sure you indicate what type of degree you want to pursue in this statement (i.e. PhD, Masters, MD).
  • Summary of research experience (if applicable)
  • Statement of your expectations for the program (what you anticipate this experience will be like and what you hope to gain from attending) (one page maximum)
  • Reasons for choosing your particular MBL mentors (one page maximum)
  • Two letters of reference in support of your application
Once you have completed this application page the following should occur:
    An email acknowldegement will be sent to your "best" email address confirming that you have completed the basic application. This email will include a link that you can use to return to your application to submit additional support materials (in .pdf format).
  • An email will be sent to all your listed references asking that they submit a letter of reference in .pdf format supporting your application. This email will include a link that they can use to upload the letter of reference.
  • You should return to your application, when possible, to complete uploading the support material. There will be a button at the top of the application page that will take you to a web page where you can upload files. That same web page will also list any files that have already been uploaded.
First Name:      Middle Name: 
Last Name: 

Gender:     Male   Female   Transgender  

Additional gender category/identity - please specify: 
Participants will be supported with National Science Foundation funds and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Can you, after acceptance, verify your U.S. citizenship of permanent residency status?   Yes  
Institutional Address: Home Address:
Institution:  Street: 
City:  City: 
State:      Zip:  State:      Zip: 
Country:  Country: 
Phone:      Fax:  Phone:      Fax: 
Email:  Email: 
Best Email Address:   Institution   Home  
Best Mailing Address:  Institution   Home  
Current Status:  Please note that if you are expected to graduate before this summer, you are not eligible for this program. Please indicate what year you are in school. Many students' class status reflects the number of AP or other credits accrued before college. However, we are most interested in how many years of college you have completed.
 Freshman (1st year)    Sophomore (2nd year)    Junior (3rd year)    Senior (4th year)    Other  
If Other, please explain: 
Degree earned or expected:      Year: 
How did you learn about this program:
References: Applicants should provide at least 2 contacts and no more than 3, who could provide a reference in support of this application. This reference will be immediately sent a link to the email address provided with instructions on how to upload their reference. It is very important that the correct email address is provided (PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK) and that you also send a separate email alerting your references that an email is coming. Please note all applications with at least one reference uploaded will be reviewed and there is no need to contact the program if at least one reference is uploaded. If you are a finalist, and are missing a reference, we will contact your reference directly.
Name 1:    Institution 1: 
Email 1: 
Name 2:    Institution 2: 
Email 2: 
Name 3:    Institution 3: 
Email 3: 
Mentors: Applicants should request a mentor at MBL with whom to work. Please make your choices below and remember to include your reasons for choosing each mentor as part of your supplemental material. Please note that your acceptance is independent of mentor selection and are only used to assist in assigning accepted students to laboratories. Only mentors accepting students in 2020 are listed.
Mentor (1st Choice):
Mentor (2nd Choice):
Mentor (3rd Choice):
Demographics:Information you choose to provide about your race/ethnicity, disability status, age, or national origin is optional and will remain confidential. This information is, however, valuable to us and to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in tracking participation of various groups in NSF-funded programs. Please check all categories that apply to you. You may clarify your responses in your statement of interest or in a separate e-mail message.
  Hispanic or Latino  
American Indian or Alaska Native  
Black or African American  
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander  
Individual with qualified disability  
I do not wish to disclose this information  

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