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USPIN FAQs

What are the program dates?

Tuesday, May 31 – Saturday, August 6, 2016.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Where can I find the program schedule?

The program schedule will be posted when it becomes available. In addition to work in labs, illustrative weekly or bi-weekly activities may include professional development workshops, lab tours, group lunches, and social events.

What are the application requirements?

  • Rising Junior or Rising Senior ONLY
  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Online application, two letters of recommendation, and official transcript

I am not a US citizen or US Permanent Resident (green card holder). Can I apply?

No. Unfortunately, our funding source allows us to offer fellowships only to US citizens and Permanent Residents.

I am a BU student. Can I apply?

Yes. The program is designed primarily for students from other colleges and universities, but we may also select some outstanding BU students to participate as peer mentors.

I am not a member of an underrepresented minority group. Can I apply?

Yes. We welcome applications from all eligible undergraduate students interested in participating in USPIN.

How do I submit my application materials?

The application itself must be completed online. The letters of recommendation may be sent by email or as hard copies. The official transcript must be mailed as a hard copy. All materials must arrive by the application deadline of February 12, 2016.

Who should write a letter of recommendation for me?

Your two letters should be from faculty members who can evaluate your academic potential. If you have previously been involved in research, we suggest that you request a recommendation from the professor who supervised that research. The recommendation should evaluate your academic achievements and your potential as a researcher, communicate information about any relevant laboratory skills, and address your general character and work ethic. Recommendation letters are weighed heavily in the selection process, so applicants should make sure they are received by the February 12, 2016 deadline.

How are USPIN participants chosen?

We consider an applicant’s higher education and career goals, personal statement, research interests, academic record, and the availability of a suitable faculty research mentor.

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Acceptance notifications have already been sent.

How do I know who my faculty mentor will be?

A list of faculty summer program mentors is available on the web page. In the application essay you should describe your research and how it relates to the research of specific faculty mentors. If you are awarded a fellowship, your essays will be taken into consideration when matching you with a faculty mentor.

How does housing work?

Accepted applicants will be housed in a Boston University apartment-style multiple-occupancy residence for the 10 weeks of Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, August 6. Two USPIN participants will share a room; males will be paired with males and females with females. The apartments are furnished with a dresser, a desk, a bed frame, an extra long twin mattress, and a chair for each resident, as well as a refrigerator, a stove, a kitchen table, and some additional seating. Residents must provide their own linens, cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, and cleaning supplies. (There are some stores nearby for purchasing these items if you would prefer not to bring them with in your luggage.) Residences are not air conditioned, and air conditioners of any kind are prohibited in the residences. Participants are not required to live in university housing for the summer, but we cannot provide a subsidy if you choose to live in non-BU housing. We do not have housing available for married students or any other couple arrangements.

The housing cost will be billed directly to USPIN.

The move in date and time is Tuesday, May 31 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The move out date is Saturday, August 6 before 10:00am.

The exact location of the housing will be provided in mid May, once USPIN receives the assignment information from the BU Housing Office.

Are meals provided?

No. The $5,000 stipend is intended to cover living and meal expenses for the 10-week program. Each apartment-style residence includes kitchen facilities. Residents must supply their own pots, pans, and other kitchen supplies. The stipend payment will be provided as a check given to you at the start of the program. Please plan personal finances and bank account access for check cashing accordingly. There will be several lunch networking opportunities as well throughout the summer.

How is travel arranged?

You are allowed up to $550 for travel expenses. Any travel costs beyond this must be approved or they are your own responsibility. For those of you who will fly to Boston, USPIN can buy your airline tickets directly through the Boston University travel agent, in consultation with you, so that you don’t have to be out-of-pocket on this expense. Other travel expenses (for example, airport taxis and baggage check fees) will be reimbursed to you but you must provide written receipts for any expense reimbursement. All travel reimbursements will be processed after the program concludes in August. We do not recommend that you bring a car to Boston for the summer, but you are of course free to do so. The public transportation system is excellent, while campus parking permits are expensive (~$300 for the summer) and often do not guarantee you a spot.

Is there an orientation session?

An orientation session will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in the CompNet Meeting Room (room 303) at 677 Beacon Street. A continental breakfast will be served, followed by a campus tour and the set up of a BU ID card and email account. After a return to the CompNet building for a group buffet lunch with your faculty lab mentors, you will be escorted to your respective research labs.

Do you have additional information about Boston University?

For more information about the city of Boston and Boston University itself, please visit the Boston University Information Center website.

Who is the contact person for USPIN?

Please contact the CELEST Administrative Director, Dr. Heather Ames Versace, with any programmatic or financial questions at starfly@bu.edu or 617-353-6174.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Police 617-353-2121
Fire 617-353-2121
Medical 617-353-2121
Student Health Services 617-353-3575
Escort Security Service (after 8:00pm) 617-353-4855