FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Question on the Program:

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 this summer fellowship program. The program is FREE. There is no application fee.

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 an enrolled Junior (11th) or a Senior (12th) in high school. There are no exceptions to this. A sophomore going into junior year, does not qualify. This has to do with liability issues regarding minors.

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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_high_schools_in_Orange_County,_California

Q.Is perfect 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 activities 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 and approved prior to the program starting. Attendance for final presentations on Aug 7th, is mandatory. Failure to attend, prevents the student for receiving credit of completion for this program.

Q. If 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.

Q.Are the students expected to come in on the weekends?
A. No, this is a Monday through Friday program only.

Q. Is there a phone number to call if we have any questions?
A. No, all questions can be submitted via email to cri@uci.edu. If you call the CRI office, you will be redirected to the email address.

Q. How Many Students are Selected?
A. The number of selected students vary on the number of laboratories able to mentor students. We accept anywhere from 15-22 students. We get anywhere from 100-200 applications. This is a highly commutative program.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Application:

Transcripts/Course Requirements FAQs

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 completed one biology and one chemistry course to be eligible. If you are enrolled in either the biology or chemistry course at the time you submit the application, then you are eligible. Since the program is in the summer, you would have completed the requirement before the program began. 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. 1 Semester of a Community College Biology or Chemistry course does count as a substitute for this requirement. An unofficial transcript for that community college will be required as verification.

Q. If I have taken both a Biology & Chemistry Course, but an only a sophomore going into my junior year, am I eligible?
A. No, applicants must be current 11th or 12th graders to be eligible to apply. NO EXCEPTIONS

Q. What do you mean by “official transcript” ?
A. The transcript must be an official transcript. We recommend, scanning the document and emailing it as a PDF. A PDF file downloaded by the student directly from Parchment will be acceptable but must contain a signature from a school administrator for authenticity. Do not sent a parchment LINK to your transcript. It must come to us in PDF format ready for viewing. You can also request a transcript be printed by the administrative office in your school and signed. Scan that signed transcript and it will be credited as “official” for the purposes of the program. Reminder: Final Fall grades and enrolled Spring classes must be included on the transcript.

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. Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis?
A. No, after the filing deadline date has passed, all applications are checked for completeness and accuracy before presented to a review committee

Q. When are the students selected?
A. Notifications will go out to all applicants by May 1st, 2020

Q. May I submit my application and supporting documents in another format other than PDF?
A. No, ALL documents must be submitted in PDF format. (That means no paper applications submitted, no links to GoogleDoc or GoogleDrive). Also, please scan documents rather than take pictures. There are free phone scanning apps if you do not have access to a scanner. No JPEG files. Most photos converted to PDF’s are hard to read.

Q. When does the next year’s program application get updated?
A. New program applications get updated and uploaded before December 1st the year prior.

Letter of Recommendation FAQs

Q. Who can submit a letter of recommendation 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 prior to the application deadline. We recommend you pick a teacher who has knowledge of your lab abilities and teachers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) department. Only 1 letter of recommendation per application. ***Please be aware that the due date for the letter of recommendation is non-negotiable and is the same as the application deadline. If we receive a late one, the student applicant does not qualify.

Q. Does the due date/deadline also apply for Letter of Recommendations?
A. Yes, Any letter-of-recommendation turned in after the due date will not be accepted and the student will be disqualified due to an incomplete application.

FAQ’s For Selected Students

Q.What Immunizations need to be included in my immunization Record?
A.Your immunization record MUST include the following:

  • Hepatitis B Series & Hepatitis B titer (titer documentation must be current, within last 5 yrs)
  • MMR
  • Varicella & Varicella titer (titer documentation must be current, within 5 years)
  • Tdap (within last 10 years)

Q. Will transportation be provided to selected participants?
A. No, student participants must provide their own transportation to and from the UC Irvine Main Campus. If you are selected for this program and require assistance with transportation, please email the CRI office at cri@uci.edu and we will address this on a case-by-case basis. We also encourage you to look at carpooling with fellow participants.

Q. Does the participants have to pay for parking?
A. No, a parking permit or a bus pass will be provided to each student who requires it.

Q. When do you know whose lab we are in?
A. Either when training gets assigned as some labs require more training that others, or during orientation

Q. When is Orientation?
A. Orientation for the 2020 year will be held Saturday June 20th. Details will be sent to the selected YSFP Fellows in the weeks leading up to it.

Note: These FAQ are continuously updated. Please email the CRI office at CRI@UCI.EDU of you have further questions. Thank you.

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