¤ Can students from ouside the University of Oregon apply?
Yes. The R25 SRP accepts a cohort of undergraduate interns from other institutions. For these interns, matching with appropriate host laboratories is a key step in the selection process. Therefore it is important for these applicants to provide information about research interests in the application statements. Two letters of recommendation are required. Please note that space is very limited. Offers of admission begin in late February and continue until spaces are filled.
University of Oregon students apply?
Yes. The R25 SRP accepts a cohort of undergraduate interns from the U of O. The program does not match UO students with host laboratories; rather, internships are awarded to selected undergraduate researchers who have been working and will continue to work in a supported research laboratory. Please note that space is very limited, and awards are competitive. Two letters of recommendation are required, one from the sponsoring professor. Offers of admission are made in early Spring term. Undergraduates who do not receive R25 support may participate in the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).
The R25 SRP is limited to undergraduates. Graduating seniors and post-bacs interested in summer research at UO should consider applying to the University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).
¤ Can international students (non-US citizens) apply and participate in the R25 Summer Research Program?
No, interns must be US citizens or permanent residents with green card. However, we occasionally sponsor international students in University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR).
What is the Application Deadline?
There is not a hard deadline. For interns from other institutions, we begin making offers at the end of February, and we will continue to review applications until all slots for visiting interns are filled. For undergraduates matriculating at the University of Oregon, we make selections at the beginning of Spring term.
Please note that space is very limited for visiting and for UO students.
How in depth should the Statements be? Is there a word minimum, maximum, or suggested length?
We don't want you to feel burdened with a long complicated application, but we do want to know about you, your goals, studies, talents, motivation, and what you hope to gain from the program. You should clarify your research interests and perhaps list some labs in which you would like to work. The outside interests statement is entirely optional.
There is no word limit for any of the statements. Just be as concise as you can without omitting any ideas that might help us in evaluating your application. Admission requires more than positive qualities and well written statements, it requires an available host laboratory for each participant; therefore it is suggested that, somewhere in your statements, you explain your research choices and possibly suggest some professors with whom you might want to work.
Leters of Recommendation:
A) Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?
The letters of recommendation should come from professional people who are qualified to advise us candidly on your abilities, motivation, integrity, intellectual vitality, and enthusiasm for science. They could be from professors, instructors, or other researchers in non-science fields. They should be sent by email, from a professional (.edu) address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
B) Can recommendation letters be sent by email?
Yes! In fact, we greatly prefer that they be sent by email. Recommenders should use their professional (.edu) address, and email to email@example.com. Letters can also be sent by US mail, if necessary. Please do not waste money sending applications by FedEx. We do not have a hard deadline, and a few days either way will not make a difference.
C) Should the recommendation letters be emailed at the same time that the online application is submitted?
Grades & Transcripts
A) Is there a cutoff GPA for selection to the R25 SRP?
No. Although we seriously consider applicants' grades, they often do not reflect one's abilities of prospective scholars; and so, we place heavy emphasis on candid evaluations within recommendation letters that accompany the applications.
B) Why do you not want official transcripts?
We want to know what classes you've taken and the grades you earned. We ask you to send us a list of your classes and grades electronically (not hard copy), so we can easily add it to our database. It is best if you simply give us a list of your classes and grades. We don't want you to waste time or money arranging for official transcripts when you submit your application. When you are accepted into the program, we will ask for official transcripts to verify your application and to update your grades in our database.
C) If it's really difficult to upload my transcripts into the application form, can I mail them or email a scan?
We want ultimately to have a spreadsheet that includes all applicants' information, including courses & grades, so we prefer to have you manually enter or upload your grades as neatly formatted text into the online application form. Our second choice would be for you to send them by email. But if it is much easier for you to mail them, that would be fine.
Can I call to find out if my application is complete, whether I made the short list, or what faculty are reviewing my application?
Email would be better, but feel free to contact us with any questions.
Difficulty with online submission:
Some applicants have had problems with the online submission, receiving error messages or not being able to load the page. If you encounter problems, please:
a) contact us, so we can correct it if it's on our end; AND
b) send us your application information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter it into the database.
To make it easier, download the application form, fill it out, save it, and then email it to email@example.com as an attachment. Most often, we have found that the problem has been on the applicant's side, generally with the internet browser. If you're so inclined, you might try to clear your cache, discard temporary internet files and temp files, and clear browser history. Then try again to submit.
What is available outside of the Research program?
Why is Oregon
a good place to spend the summer?
The R25 SRP Fellows travel several time in the Summer travel all around Oregon, for recreation, sightseeing, shopping, concerts etc. Activities may include hiking in the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains, Crater Lake, concerts/shopping in Portland & Seattle, various places along the Oregon coast, Silver Falls State Park, Fall Creek, the California Redwoods, climbing South Sister (of the Three Sisters, dormant (so far) volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range, visible from some of the labs), rafting on the McKenzie River, the Rogue River, canoeing on the Willamette River, and many more activities. Often a small group of interns and friends have climbed Spencer's Butte (a 2000+ ft peak in South Eugene) a couple times/wk. Eugene has many miles of bike trails and running trails around the town.
What recreational facilities are available on campus?
We have a terrific Student Recreation Center (SRC) with exercise machines, weight machines & free weights, swimming pool, climbing wall, squash courts, racquetball courts, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, aerobics dance and yoga classes, an indoor track and our world famous outdoor track, Hayward field. We have miles and miles of maintained running paths through the city. Miles of bicycle paths also wind through the city and into the countryside. The Willamette River is immediately adjacent to campus, and you can rent canoes, inner tubes, swim or just jump in on hot summer days. We have a great Outdoor Pursuits Program that offers courses in wilderness survival, rock climbing, sailing, and more; they organize trips around the pacific northwest (rafting, hiking, biking, canoeing, etc); and it has an extensive collection of guides, maps and videos. Here's a UO campus map and directions.
What is Eugene like?
The Eugene metropolitan area has a population of over 200,000. Yet the city of Eugene maintains a colorful, small town feel. Our links to Eugene culture and recreation and PlanetEugene offer information about arts, culture & entertainment, shopping, outdoor recreation, news, lodging, transportation & maps. You can also check it out on Wikipedia. Eugene is one of the most bicycle-friendly places in the country, with many miles of bike routes and bike paths through and around town, the parks and gardens, and the wetlands.
Eugene is often referred to as Track Town USA. You see people running constantly -- there are many 10K, 5K, 2K, and fun run races around town, all-comers track meets several weeks in the summer, running groups, and the Eugene Marathon. At Hayward Field, each year is the Prefontaine Classic Track Meet that brings world class runners. In the past, Eugene and UO have hosted the national championships, the world championships, and the US Olympic Trials.
The summer weather is dry, very low humidity, and very
pleasant (July weather summary for Eugene). Throughout
the summer, we have a Saturday
Market, with a growers market, local food and crafts
vendors, and local entertainment on the Market Stage. The Willamette River runs
through the University and is joined by the McKenzie River
just north of town. From Eugene, it is just over an hour's
drive to either the Cascade mountains to the East, the Coastal
Mountains and the Oregon coast to the West, and Portland and
the Columbia River Gorge to the North. There is lots of great
music in town. Oregon Bach Festival, Oregon
Mozart Players, Jazz, Swing dances, salsa and tango
groups, Zimbabwean marimba groups, drumming circles, Oregon
Country Fair, City of Eugene Summer Concerts in the Park
and Movie Night in the Park, and many more events and groups.
If I participate in the R25 SRP, what should I bring to Eugene?
The UO Housing "What to Bring" page lists some fundamentals. For Summer activities, you will want hiking shoes/boots, swim wear, running shoes, water recreation footwear (particularly TEVA-type sport sandals for tide pooling), sunglasses, sunscreen, hat. Overall the summers in Oregon are beautiful. However, you should be prepared for the extremes. Temperatures will vary greatly: in 2008, we had record heat in late May and record cold in early June; ski areas remained open in June, while students were trying to beat the heat by walking from their dorms to the river with inner-tubes. You'll want a warm jacket and sweaters for cool nights on coast trips, and camping in the mountains can be co-old. There are typically several days of 100°F weather each summer, but it's very dry heat. Be prepared for rain, for heat, but mostly for beautiful weather.