*NEW* Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard University and Yale University

These programmes allow Yale-NUS students to conduct research alongside world-renowned faculty from Harvard University and Yale University. They are particularly suited for current third-year students interested to pursue graduate studies.

Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) and Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)

Introduction
Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH) and the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) provide opportunities to work with first-class science researchers at Harvard University. These programmes are an excellent fit for students interested in the life sciences and intending to pursue a PhD or an MD-PhD degree after graduation.
Over 10 weeks, student interns live in Harvard housing, conduct research at Harvard laboratories and participate in discussions with Harvard faculty, build their presentation and research discussions skills, and take part in field trips with other Harvard summer programmes.

Note on programme fit for prospective applicants: Research in the SROH programme is laboratory-based, either on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, MA or the Harvard Medical School campus in Boston, MA. The programme is a good fit for students who wish to conduct laboratory research in biology, biomedicine, neuroscience, biochemistry, etc. Students who are interested in field-based research in the life sciences should consider applying for the Summer Research Programme instead.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
One spot in SROH 2018 or SHURP 2018 will be available for a Yale-NUS College student of any nationality. Students first submit their applications to CIPE for review, then apply to SROH directly. Students are automatically considered for both SROH and SHURP and the selected student will be accepted into one of the two. The programs are almost identical, except for location: SROH labs are in Cambridge, MA while SHURP labs are in Boston, MA. The final selection decision is made by Harvard University.
Applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • At least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the programme. Current second- and third-year students are encouraged to apply.
  • Good academic standing. Applicants with a lower CAP who demonstrate exceptional circumstances in their application or a clear upward trend in their academic grades may be considered.
  • At least one semester of prior research experience via research placements and/or independent study.
  • Intent to pursue graduate study towards a PhD or an MD-PhD.

Timeline
1 January 2018: Applications open on Symplicity
21 January 2018, 11:59PM Singapore time: Finalized applications due on Symplicity. It is mandatory to submit application materials for review before submitting them to SROH, since the review process is critical in crafting a strong application. All students who apply by the deadline will then receive information about the SROH application portal, so they can begin to fill out the application form and submit their recommenders’ contact details, after which the portal will request the recommenders to upload their letters for the applicant.
By 28 January 2018: Students receive feedback on their application materials.
1 February 2018, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time: SROH application deadline for all materials and faculty recommendation letters. Students must submit all materials through the SROH online application portal. Faculty must upload recommendation letters directly into the portal. Applicants outside of the US must take note of the time difference.
Ferbuary-April 2018: Application outcomes announced. Some research groups notify applicants as early as Feb 2.
March-May 2018: Selected student makes travel and visa arrangements.
4 June – 9 August 2018 or 31 May – 5 August 2018: SROH/SHURP takes place. Students are required to participate for the full duration of the programme.

Funding
Programme support covers housing, a stipend of US$3,500 and a food allowance of US$1,500.
The participating student is expected to cover overseas airfare, visa fees and personal expenses. Limited need-based aid is available for airfare.

Application
Students apply on Symplicity first by submitting their finalized application materials to the posting “Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH)”. The Symplicity application mirrors the one for SROH and requires the following information:

  • Personal Information, Interests and Schools
  • Education & Experience
  • Statement of Purpose
  • An unofficial transcript in PDF format
  • 2 letters of recommendation from faculty and/or research supervisors. The letters should speak to the applicant’s aptitude and passion for research, their level of maturity and independence, and their ability to manage uncertainty and change. In the SROH application portal, students will be asked to provide the names and contact information of their recommenders, whom SROH will  contact directly and ask them to upload the letters. Please do not submit the letters via email or via Symplicity. See the CIPE guide for requesting a letter of recommendation HERE.
  • In addition, Symplicity requires all applicants to submit a current CV or resume, by default. See CV Sample – Research and Resume Sample for reference.

Deliverables
The Yale-NUS student participating in SROH or SHURP will present their work at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in late July. They will also be required to submit a CIPE Summer Reflection and present at the CIPE Summer Research Symposium in Semester 1 after the programme.

Questions
For further information or questions about the programme, please contact Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.

Summer Research in STEM at Yale University

Introduction
In 2018, CIPE will support up to two Yale-NUS students to conduct extended summer research at Yale University under the guidance of a Yale faculty mentor. Selected students will become part of the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship, which seeks to promote the academic development of promising students through engagement in original scientific research, and to support undergraduate research projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Research must be 8-10 weeks (consecutive and full-time, with no other time commitment, such as employment or courses), supervised by a Yale faculty member, and conducted at Yale University. In consultation with the research mentor, students are expected to generate a well-developed proposal for a research project with substantial pedagogic and scholarly merit.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Up to two Yale-NUS students of any nationality will be funded to join this programme in 2018. Students are selected by a committee of CIPE and science faculty.
Applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Good academic standing. Applicants with a lower CAP who demonstrate exceptional circumstances in their application or a clear upward trend in their academic grades may be considered.
  • Having completed at least four semesters of their undergraduate studies by the programme start date. Current second-year and third-year students from all majors are eligible to apply.
  • Prior research experience in a relevant field via research placements and/or independent study.
  • A strong interest in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science.
  • Evidence that a Yale faculty member is willing to supervise them.

Timeline 
December 2017 to mid-January 2018: Interested students visit the Yale webpage on research in the sciences to learn which Yale departments engage undergraduates in research. Students narrow down potential faculty mentors, based on specific reasons why they are interested in each faculty’s project and ways it relates to their previous experience and long-term goals. Students update and tailor their resume or research CV, have it reviewed by a CIPE or faculty advisor and get ready to send it to potential faculty mentors.
1 January 2018: Applications open on Symplicity for Stage 1 of the application process. Only applicants who applied to Stage 1 may apply to Stage 2 later on.
21 January 2018: Stage 1 application deadline. Students submit their tailored resume or CV, and up to 4 names and email addresses of potential Yale faculty mentors, directly in Symplicity.
22 January 2018: Applications open on Symplicity for Stage 2 of the application process.
Late January 2018: The Yale University programme coordinator forwards the student CVs to the specified Yale faculty mentors and connects students to the faculty who express interest.
Students are then expected to follow up with the faculty, discuss their interest and fit for the faculty’s research project, and craft a research project proposal for their application. Not all conversations will lead to a research placement and if a student is unable to secure a supervisor after following the above process, they should approach CIPE for assistance.
11 February 2018: Stage 2 application deadline (recommendation letters must also be submitted by that date). Application materials are due on Symplicity, except for recommendation letters that must be sent directly to zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg with the subject line “Yale STEM Recommendation Letter for [Student Name]”.
By 1 March 2018: Application outcomes announced
One week after notification: Deadline for selected students to accept or decline the offer to join the programme
Early March: Confirmed students are connected to Yale University programme coordinator for next steps.
March-April: Students coordinate with CIPE to obtain a visa. Students make travel and housing arrangements.
8-10 weeks between June and early August: Programme takes place. The exact dates are to be agreed upon between the student and the supervisor. Students are expected to participate for the full duration of the programme and must not commit to any other activities at the same time (e.g. summer courses).

Funding
Selected students will receive funding of SGD$5000 to support their living expenses (meals, housing and local transport) during the programme.
Students are expected to cover visa, overseas airfare and personal expenses. Need-based funding is available for airfare.

Application
Students apply directly on the Symplicity portal to the posting “Summer Research in STEM at Yale University”. The  application process takes place in two stages. Applying by the deadline for Stage 1 is required in order to proceed to Stage 2.

Required application materials for Stage 1 (deadline January 21):

  • A tailored CV or resume that includes descriptions of relevant experience (See CV Sample – Research and Resume Sample)
  • Up to 4 names and email addresses of potential faculty mentors

Required application materials for Stage 2 (deadline February 11):

  • A tailored CV or resume that includes descriptions of relevant experience (it can be the same as above, or tailored further based on any feedback the student has received)
  • An unofficial transcript generated through myISIS
  • A description of the proposed research project, including the project rationale, research goals and learning objectives, and how these will prepare the student for further study in his or her field of interest. See this page for useful tips on proposal writing.
  • A confirmation from the Yale faculty mentor that they agree to engage the student as a research assistant. As proof, the student may submit a copy of their email conversation with the faculty mentor.
  • A letter of recommendation from a Yale-NUS faculty member who has taught the student in a class or supervised them on a research project and is familiar with their work. The letter should include an evaluation of the qualifications and potential of the student, and of the scholarly and pedagogic merits of the proposed research project. The faculty should email the letter to Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg with the subject line “Yale STEM Recommendation Letter for [Student Name]”. See the CIPE guide for requesting a letter of recommendation HERE.
  • Optional: An additional recommendation letter from a current or former research mentor or professor who is familiar with the student’s qualifications, sent directly to zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg with the subject line “Yale STEM Recommendation Letter for [Student Name]”.

Deliverables
Participants may be able to present at a poster session at the end of the programme. They will also be required to submit a CIPE Summer Reflection and present at the CIPE Summer Research Symposium in Semester 1 after the programme.

Questions
For further information or questions about the program, please contact Zhana Sandeva at zhana.sandeva@yale-nus.edu.sg.

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Zhana Sandeva
Senior Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

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