The application for the 2020 Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy is now open.

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 9, 2020.
  • Most students submit additional materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and resumes, but these are not required.
If you desire to request a letter of recommendation, please remember to provide your recommender time to write and submit their letter. Applicants will receive a URL to submit additional materials and maintain a recommender's confidentiality.
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. Use of the wait list is determined by the response we receive from our admitted students. The academy accepted 82 students last year out of 2,100 applicants. Once the total number of students is selected, the remaining students will be notified that they have not been chosen to participate this summer.