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Program Eligibility for HHMI Summer Scholars

Students are eligible to apply to the HHMI Summer Scholars Program at the completion of the first semester of their freshman year at VCU. Eligible students will include degree-seeking students in math, science and engineering programs, as well as pre-professional students or others who have completed one semester of introductory biology prior to entering the summer scholars program.

Non-traditional students and students who are not science or math majors are encouraged to apply to the program after completing at least one semster of introductory biology.

Application (will open February 1, 2011):

Applications consist of 1) an application form, 2) at least two letters of recommendation and 3) a two-page essay outlining interest in the program, all due February 28, 2011. A selection committee of HHMI Program faculty participants will evaluate applications and notify students of their selection. Selection criteria include:

  • Clear interest in a career in biological and/or biomedical research;
  • Letters confirming the student has the aptitude and potential to succeed in biological or biomedical research; and
  • Documented facility and/or expertise in mathematics, biology, computer science, engineering or other appropriate scientific disciplines.

For admissions information, please contact:

Allison Johnson, Ph.D., Coordinator of HHMI Program
Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. 842030
Ph: (804) 828-6782
Fax: (804) 828-1961


Gregory A. Buck, Ph.D., Director of Bioinformatics
Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph: (804) 827-0026 (Main Number)
Ph: (804) 828-2318 (Office)
Fax: (804) 828-1961 (Main Office)
Fax: (804) 828-1937 (Office)



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