Supplemental form: Resume and short-answer section

How to submit these

After submitting the online application you'll receive an email from with your Nebraska Summer Research Program application ID and a link to the application steps informing you of how to submit your resume and short answer questions in an online form. This supplemental form cannot be saved and modified later, so be prepared to submit your finalized resume and responses to short answers questions at the same time.

Supplemental Information Form

The supplemental form is plain text only, so keep your text layout simple. To see how it will appear for reviewers, use the form's Preview feature or copy and paste your response into a plain text editor (e.g., Notepad for Windows users, TextEdit in plain-text mode for Mac users). You can use simplified bullets, all caps, and line breaks to indicate headings or to draw attention to important information.


Your resume is how you provide faculty reviewers information about your research experience, academic strengths, skills, and other relevant experiences that make you an appealing candidate for the Summer Research Program. For this program, your resume may look more like a curriculum vita than a traditional resume, since it's not necessary to spend a lot of time describing work experiences unrelated to research.

Be sure to include:
  • Lab experiences with details about your role in the research
  • Conferences attended, presentations, and publications
  • Awards, honors, and scholarships
  • Volunteer and extracurricular activities
  • Relevant work experience
Resumes should be one page (500 words) in length.

Short-answer section

The short answer section consists of three questions — two required and one optional.
  1. (Required) How would this research experience help you to meet your educational goals?
  2. (Required) Please describe your previous research experiences and personal strengths that would benefit a research team.
  3. (Optional) Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself or your interests?

The required short answer questions take the place of a personal statement and are designed to provide faculty with information about your research experience, personal strengths and your educational goals. The short answer response should be prepared in advance, much like a personal statement. If you already have a personal statement, it's likely the short answer questions are addressed in your personal statement and you can simply reformat the information to answer the questions.

The optional short answer question is an opportunity for you to share anything unique about yourself or your experiences that would help faculty get to know you better. You may also use this space if there is something that needs further explanation not addressed in the two required short answers, such as an academic deficiency.

Each short-answer response should be approximately 250-300 words in length, but there is no minimum or maximum length.