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 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;
  • ambition;
  • 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 2015. Applications from minority students are strongly encouraged.