Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy FAQs

How many students apply?

Last year, we had 1,250 applications and we accepted 90 students. Our academy was composed of 59% college undergraduates and 41% high school students.

Who may apply?

City of Hope welcomes high school and college students who meet the following criteria:
  • Students must be at least 16 years old.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students should have completed high school courses in chemistry and biology.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit an online application, which will be available on January 20, 2015. Additional information such as transcripts, and letters of recommendation, and resumes are advisable but not required. These may be submitted online with your application.
*Because we receive hundreds of applications and have limited staff, we kindly request that you refrain from contacting us directly regarding your application status. We regret that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries.

When is the deadline for applying for the 2014 Academy?

All applications and supplemental information will be due on March 12, 2015.

Do the summer students get paid?

Most summer students receive a stipend of $4,000 for completing the 10-week program.

When does the program start and end?

Start dates range from the end of May to the end of June, and the 10 weeks must be completed by the end of July or August, respectively.

How are students selected?

Admission into the Roberts Academy is highly competitive because our program has limited funding and space. In 2014, 90 interns were selected for the Academy out of 1250 applicants.

The application process has two stages.  In stage one, all applications are reviewed by a committee and approximately 150 are selected as potential interns.  In stage two, faculty members looking for an intern may contact these applicants or the applicants may contact faculty members whose research most interests them.  Usually, after an interview-either in person or by phone-the faculty member and the applicant come to a mutual agreement and set a start dates.  Note that only roughly two-thirds of the potential interns will actually find positions in the program.

May I participate part time?

Because research requires dedicated attention, students must attend the program full-time and not interrupt their 10-week commitment by taking other classes or vacations, etc.

What is required of program participants?

Summer students join a laboratory team and participate in experiments related to ongoing lab projects. They read lab notebooks and journal articles, and then discuss questions with lab technicians, postdocs, graduate students or the principal investigator. To enhance the internship experience, each student is also required to give a short talk or present a poster, and to write a paper (approximately three to four pages long) about his or her research.

What information must I supply on the application?

In addition to standard information, such as name and contact information, the application has questions regarding your career goals, relevant coursework and any relevant previous experience you may have (previous experience is not a prerequisite).
You are also asked to submit a brief statement describing why you wish to do research, and the area of your research interest.

Do I still have to resend transcripts, letters of recommendation and resumes if I have already submitted them from last summer?

Students who have submitted these materials from last summer do not have to resubmit these items.  All materials mailed from the summer 2014 applications have been retained.  Applicants may choose to send new information if your qualifications and experiences have improved over the past year.

What documentation is required to begin?

  • Some students will need to submit immunization records based on the type of project they participate in; these may include Hepatitis B, TB, Tetanus (or Tdap), Varicella, MMR. Proof of immunization must be received before the student can begin working on campus. No immunizations or tests will be performed at the City of Hope.
  • All students must provide proof of medical insurance.
  • All students must have work authorization and, at the time of hire, be able to present documentation showing their right to work in the U.S.

How are applicants notified about acceptance into the program?

Students who are accepted will be notified by email.

Does City of Hope provide housing?

No. Students are responsible for securing their own housing and transportation.