- Before you apply:
- Determine whether you are eligible.
- Review projects and mentors to identify your preferences and interests.
- Secure two faculty recommenders and valid email addresses for them.
- Compose and save your resume and the text for your short-answer questions.
- Save an electronic (scanned) version of your transcript, which should include your name and the name of your institution. (Unofficial or student copies are acceptable for the application.)
- Know your current GPA and number of earned hours.
- Complete the application form online.
- We will automatically email your recommenders a unique link to your recommendation webform.
3. Check your application checklist periodically.
- It will tell you the status of your required items.
Tips for a strong application
We receive between 1,200 and 1,500 applications each year so it's important for an application to stand out and to make an impression on faculty reviewers. Here are a few things to keep in mind while preparing your application.
Faculty reviewers are looking for applicants who:
- Have a passion for the discipline
- Show an interest in earning an advanced degree (Ph.D. or master's)
- Bring diverse talents and skills to the research team
Strong applications include:
- Evidence of high academic achievement and preparation to carry out research
- Evidence of teamwork and independent problem-solving skills
- Faculty recommendations from those who can speak about academic performance
- Materials that are well-written and free of error