Q. If I have not taken a Biology Course, but have taken a cumulative science class and/or intend to take a biology course next year, am I eligible?

A. No, unfortunately we do require all applicants have a year of biology and a year of chemistry to be eligible. If you are a junior and intend to take biology/AP biology in your senior year, you are an eligible applicant for that following summer. (Honor’s Integrates Science does not count as your biology credit). Email CRI@UCI.EDU for further questions.

Q. Is there a cost or any fee’s involved on the student participant’s part?

A. No, there is no cost for a student to participate in the summer fellow program. The program is FREE.

Q. Who can submit a letter of support for the student applicant?  Can a counselor submit the letter?

A. The letter of support must be submitted by one of the student’s teachers that has first-hand knowledge of the student’s lab experience.  The letter must be emailed separately from the application by the teacher using their school email address and sent to cri@uci.edu with the student’s name in the subject line of the email. Students are recommended to remain actively involved to ensure the Letter of Recommendations are sent.


  • Only one letter of recommendation per student; if there are multiple names on the letter, then none of the students will qualify.
  • The letter of recommendation much be written on letterhead or be emailed from the teachers school email address.
  • The letter must either be emailed as a pdf document or mailed to CRI Administration.
  • Please be aware that the due date for the letter of recommendation is non-negotiable and must also be received by March 3st, 2017 5:00 pm. If we receive a late one, the student applicant does not qualify.

Q. Does the transcript have to be an official transcript?  Will a transcript PDF file downloaded straight from Parchment be acceptable?

A. Yes, the transcript must be an official transcript. We recommend, scanning in the document and emailing it as a PDF. Yes, a PDF file downloaded directly from Parchment will be acceptable but must contain a signature from an administrator for authenticity. Do not sent a LINK to your transcript. It must come to us in .pdf format ready for viewing.

Q. Will transportation be provided to the participants?

A. No, student participants must provide their own transportation.

Q. Does the participants have to pay for parking?

A. No, a parking permit will be provided if the student will be driving to campus daily.

Q. What grade does the participant have to be in to apply?

A. At the time of the application deadline, the student participant needs to be a Junior or a Senior in high school. There are no exceptions to this. A sophomore going into junior year, does not qualify.

Q. Does the due date also apply for Letter of Recommendations?

A. Yes, Any LOR turned in after the due date will not be accepted and the student will be disqualified due to an incomplete application.

Q. Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis?

A. No, after the filing deadline date has passed, all applications are checked for completeness and accuracy.

Q. Are students eligible that attend a high school outside of Orange County?

A. No, to be eligible for the program a student must attend a high school within Orange County, no exceptions. Even in the student lives in Orange County, They must be enrolled in an eligible high school.

If you need to check your high school’s eligibility, here is a list of schools:


Q. Is attendance required during the entire six week program?

A. Yes, students accepted into the program must attend six hours every day in the lab. Students cannot be enrolled in summer school or any other club or activity during the program dates. This includes personal obligations, vacations, observed religious holiday that would prevent attendance. There are exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but they must be arranged prior to the program starting. Attendance for presentations on Aug 8th, is mandatory, and failure to attend, prevents the student for receiving credit of completion for this program.

Q. The program falls on the 4th of July, will the students be required to come in on a holiday?

A. No, the students get the holiday off. For the 2017 year, we will have no lab July 3rd and 4th giving the students a 4-day break before restarting the program mandatory attendance on July 5th.

Q. Is there a phone number to call if we have any questions?

A. No, all questions can be submitted on-line and will receive a reply via on-line at cri@uci.edu.

Q. Are all signatures required on the application form?

A. Yes, the application will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness and must contain the needed signatures.

Q. Can I submit my application and supporting documents in another format other than PDF?

A. No, ALL documents must be submitted in PDF format.

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