The University of Oregon
NIH R25 Summer Research Program (R25 SRP)
Letters of Recommendation:
We appreciate your candid and confidential assessment of
applicants to our summer research programs. We want to make it as
convenient as possible for you to send us your evaluations.
Please submit them in any form that is convenient for you. As you
prepare your letter, please keep in mind that the programs are quite
intensive and that not all students succeed in any given summer; so,
your frankness is important for ensuring that summer interns have
successful experiences and that our selection process is fair.
In selecting summer interns, we seek talented, motivated, adventurous,
and hard-working undergraduates who would benefit from what our program
has to offer, and who perhaps would not otherwise have such
opportunities. We are very interested in enhancing the diversity
and talent of the next generation of life scientists in the research
community. We want to help train creative career research
scientists to become explorers rather than rule-followers.
Please give us your assessment, in any form that is convenient for you,
imparting a good sense of the applicant's traits that are germane to
the summer research experience. Please include a sentence
describing how well you know the applicant and how well qualified you
feel you are to offer this evaluation.
We hope you can briefly address some of the following features of
the applicant, to the extent that you are familiar with them.
* Character, integrity,
curiosity, adventurousness, creativity, openness to new and diverse
thoughts and people, sense of humor, breadth of interests, world view,
Maturity, attitude, self-awareness, self-confidence, ability to take
setbacks in stride and recover quickly, ability to understand own
strengths and weaknesses.
Native abilities, talent, and intellect.
Interpersonal skills, ability to get along and work effectively with
others, ability to set and achieve goals, to create change, to inspire
confidence, and to accept, understand, and respond to criticism
Work habits, self-discipline, self-management, ability to handle a
busy load, laboratory skills, ability to follow protocols, ability to
intelligently modify protocols to meet new applications.
Communication skills in written and verbal contexts.
We appreciate any further information you can provide that will give us
a sense of whether our program would make a significant difference for
the applicant, and in what ways the applicant might gain from
successfully completing the program.
Note: We occasionally receive letters with insufficent information to
identify the referee (correspondent). In your letter, please
your full contact information, and email from an .edu
account or other
the applicant's name in the subject line
slow mail: University of Oregon
Summer Research Program Administrator
Department of Biology
1254 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1254
Please do not use expensive delivery services. We do not have a
deadline for submission, and a few days will make no difference.
Please note that we treat every letter of recommendation as strictly
confidential. Letters are made available only to potential host
and the program director. However, under FERPA,
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-380),
applicants have the right to inspect letters of recommendation written
on their behalf unless they voluntarily choose to waive that
right. Our admission deliberations and decisions are not
influenced by the presence or absence of such a waiver. If
would like the student applicant to submit a FERPA waiver form, you can
form in pdf format here,
applicant sign it, and email it with your letter of recommendation.