Admission

Erika Estrada on the Summer Student Program

Erika Estrada, undergraduate student at University of California, Davis, discusses her experience in the JAX Summer Student Program.

Admission

Admission is competitive, and students of all backgrounds are selected. All students receive a stipend of $5,250 for the 10-week program, including room and board at Highseas (Maine program) or at the University of St. Joseph's (Connecticut program).  The cost of round-trip travel between the student's home and the Laboratory is also provided. 

All students are required to attend the entire program. Students with minor date conflicts are encouraged to apply despite the conflicts; JAX staff will assist admitted students in negotiating early release, early finals, etc., to facilitate their on-time participation in the program.  Students with significant date conflicts - such as early departure for overseas study - are encouraged to delay their application for another year.

Important Dates for 2017

Thursday, February 2 - Application deadline
Late March - Notification of admission
Saturday, June 3 - Arrival
Sunday, June 4 - Residential orientation begins
Monday, June 5 - Laboratory orientation begins
Thursday, August 10 - Summer symposium and graduation
Friday, August 11 - Departure

Important Dates for 2018

Friday, February 2 - Application deadline
Late March - Notification of admission
Saturday, June 9 - Program begins
Thursday, August 16 - Summer symposium and graduation

Deadline

The Summer Student Program application is due on or before February 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).  However, recommendation letters will be accepted if submitted within a one-week faculty grace period after the February 2 deadline.  The faculty grace period for letters expires on February 9, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.  Application materials received after these posted deadlines will be considered late and may not be reviewed.

Eligibility and selection

Who is eligible?

At the time of participation in the program, a high school student must

  • have completed Grade 11 or Grade 12;
  • be at least 16 years old; and
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

At the time of participation in the program, a college student must

  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student; 
  • have at least one semester of undergraduate school remaining before graduation; and
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

How the selection process works:

After the reviewers make preliminary suggestions for admission, each mentor reviews the top tier of the application pool and selects the applicant(s) he or she wishes to have in his or her laboratory. Attributes that mentors consider in selecting students include:

  • an indication of a deep desire to conduct an independent research project;
  • academic achievement;
  • curiosity;
  • passion;
  • resilience;
  • personal maturity and acceptance of responsibility;
  • aptitude for working independently and within a team; and 
  • research interests that fit a project in the mentor's lab.

The Laboratory gives final approval to the mentors' selections. Notifications of decisions will be emailed in late March.

Students from groups underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Summer Student Program welcomes a diverse community of learners including racial and ethnic minorities, people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities.

Application checklist

In addition to standard personal and school information, to complete the online application you will need to provide:

  1. Two letters of recommendation.  As part of the online application, you will be asked to provide the name and email address of each person you have asked to provide a recommendation.  Within the application, you will click a button and authorize JAX to contact those individuals and provide them instructions for submitting their letters online.  Request your letters before you begin the application process. Again, faculty should be prepared to submit their letters online, JAX will provide submission instructions;
  2. Your informal or unofficial transcript in PDF form  (official transcripts may be requested from those admitted to the program), uploaded within the online application;
  3. A list of math and science classes you have taken within the past three years and your grade in each;
  4. A ranked list of your top three research interests, or labs, after reviewing our faculty research summaries;
  5. An essay about your interests and rankings of your research area choices in 1,800 characters or less; and
  6. Three short answer responses (each one in 3,000 characters or less including spaces) to the following questions: 1) What are your career interests or goals, and how do you think The Jackson Laboratory's Summer Student Program fits into your future plans?; 2) Discuss the personal qualities or attributes you bring to a team or project environment. Provide a specific example of a contribution you made to a collaborative project. If applicable, please describe a collaboration with someone whose customs, habits and/or traditions are different than your own; 3) Provide an example of a challenge you have had to face. What strategies did you use to address this challenge? Did you overcome the challenge and, if not, why?

Important notes:

  • The application will allow you to save the form and return to it at a later date.  After the application deadline, students will be able to return to their application in read-only mode to view their application status.
  • Students can edit their application up to the deadline but must 'submit' by February 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).  However, recommendation letters will be accepted if submitted within a one-week faculty grace period after the February 2 deadline.  The faculty grace period for letters expires on February 9, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.  Application materials received after these posted deadlines will be considered late and may not be reviewed.
  • Acceptance notification will be made via email in late March 2017.
THE 2017 APPLICATION IS CLOSED. WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 PROGRAM IN FALL 2018.