Apply to the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy

The application for the 2024 Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy is now closed.

We hope to notify applicants of our decisions by mid/late April.  

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old before their internship begins.
  • Applicants must be high school or undergraduate students.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have completed the online application by March 13, 2024.
  • Most students submit additional materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and resumes, but these are not required. If you plan to submit supplementary documents, they must be submitted by March 12, 2024.
Applicants must be available to participate in the entirety of the program dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024.
If you plan to request a letter of recommendation, please remember to provide your recommender time to write and submit their letter. Once you submit your application you will receive a URL by email that can be provided to your recommender(s).  Your recommender(s) can use this URL to upload their letter of support directly to your application file in a confidential fashion.  You can also use this URL to submit additional materials if necessary.
For students interested in the CIRM SPARK or YES2SUCCESS programs, please fill out the main application and check the respective boxes to indicate your desire to be considered. Only students who apply to the Roberts Academy are considered for the CIRM SPARK and YES2SUCCESS program.

Selection Process

Our academy has a two-stage selection process. In stage one, a committee reviews and scores all online applications to determine the students displaying the most potential. These students will advance to stage two as either “accepted” into the program or “waitlisted.” Students who did not advance will receive an email notifying them that they have not been chosen for this summer. Due to the size of our program, only the exact number of students we can fund will be admitted into the program. If a student who is accepted declines his or her invitation, we will reach out to students on our waitlist to join our summer program. The wait list provides us with one more opportunity to consider the candidacies of accomplished applicants who were not admitted. Unfortunately, we will not be able to predict our response to students on the wait list.