Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship application available on 1 Nov

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The Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) becomes available on Thursday, 1 November.  If you've been meaning to reach out to a promising student about this opportunity, please do so now.  Visit the Leadership Alliance on 1 Nov for the application and all the guidelines.
The Yale SURF is designed to provide research experiences for qualified undergraduates that will familiarize students with the kind of work they can expect to do in graduate school, provide them with insight into the many steps involved in building a career based on Ph.D. level training, as well as foster a sense of confidence regarding their own abilities and potential. Students are immersed in an academic, professional setting involving a working relationship with a faculty mentor, a post doctoral associate, and/or an advanced graduate student, a program of individual research, and participation in a series of program workshops and panel discussions. The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students in the natural sciences learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct Ph.D. level research in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Students in the humanities and social sciences work closely with mentors and have at their disposal the considerable archival resources found in the Yale University libraries. Emphasis is also placed on the presentation of research findings to colleagues. All students develop a proposal, give a final presentation to their peers, submit a written final paper, and attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium to present their research at the meeting.
Here are some of the requirements:
  • Students should be sophomores or juniors and have a goal of doing research at the PhD level. I don't think they will consider students interested in professional degrees as favorably as other applicants.
  • The program at Yale is particularly interested in identifying and providing research experience to talented students from historically underrepresented groups.  They consider it part of their effort to increase the pipeline of minority candidates pursuing PhDs and careers in higher education.
  • The application becomes available on November 1 and is due February 1, 2013. 
  • On the application students select up to 3 schools to consider their application. If Yale is one of their 3, please send me their full name, program/department, year (sophomore, etc). Once the Feb 1 deadline hits I will send the list of PASSHE applicants to Yale. That's the mechanism we've established so that our students get an early review. I must be notified by 28 January 2013 of students who have selected Yale if they are to receive priority review.
  • This is not something you can send students to and tell them to apply.  The program is competitive and selective.  Students will need to be mentored and supported through the process to ensure that they have all application materials and have presented themselves and their work in the best light.
If selected as a fellow for Yale's SURF, students are housed at no charge in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dormitory. Students receive a $1,000 food allowance at the start of the program. Air or train transportation to and from the program will be covered up to $450 (not including excess luggage charges). All travel arrangements are made through the SURF Program Office. Students will also receive a stipend of $3,000 upon successful participation in, and completion of, the program.

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Does anyone know what I have to do to get into this? I want to do this. Badly.

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