Last year, we had 1,350 applications and we accepted 90 students. Our Academy was composed of 56% undergraduates and 44% high school students.

City of Hope welcomes high school and college students who meet the certain criteria.

  • Students must be at least 16 years old.
  • Students must be US citizens, or permanent residents.
  • Students should have completed high school courses in chemistry and biology.

Complete and submit an online application, which will be available on January 15, 2018. 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.

All applications and supplemental information will be due on March 9 at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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

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.  Mandatory orientations will be held on Mondays May 21st, June 4th and June 18th.  If you cannot be present for these orientation days you will not be able to participate in the Academy.

Admission into the Roberts Academy is highly competitive because our program has limited funding and space. In 2017, 86 interns were selected for the Academy out of 1350 applicants.
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 that is accepted declines their invitation, we will reach out to students on our waitlist to join our summer program. The waiting 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 waiting list. Use of the waiting list is determined by the response we receive from our admitted students. Once the total number of students is selected, the remaining students will be notified that they have not been chosen to participate this summer.

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.

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 3-4 pages long) about their research.

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.

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