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  • Established in 1984 as an outreach program for local high school students, the Simons Summer Research program now attracts applicants from all across the country to the Stony Brook campus: Simons Fellows are matched with Stony Brook faculty mentors, join a research group or team, and assume responsibility for a project. The Simons Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a written research abstract and a research poster. In addition to learning valuable techniques and experiencing life at a major research university, Simons Fellows attend weekly faculty research talks and participate in special workshops, tours and events. At the closing poster symposium, students are presented with a $1,000 stipend award. Participants may elect to live on campus with other student researchers or to commute.

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  • Application Process:

    1. Interested applicants should seek nomination from their high school (*Limit of 3 nominees per school). The school nominator /official (typically a science research coordinator/director, or guidance counselor or other appropriate contact in the high school) may have additional guidelines/processes for selecting up to 3 Nominees from the school.2. Nominees should complete Part 1 (online form) and Part 2 ( attachment). Part 2 of the application ( please include name/school in upper right corner ) should be submitted by the applicant to the appropriate nominator/school official (both paper/ file formats (PDF/Word) recommended). Students should also request (and follow-up to ensure) that their letters of reference (confidential) be provided to the School Nominator for inclusion with the application package. PLEASE NO STAPLES!The attachment consists of the following:A. QUESTIONS 1-6. Please limit your response to 5 sentences (maximum) or less.1. Why do you want to participate in the Simons Summer Research Program? Be as specific as possible about your aspirations and goals for the upcoming summer. Tell us what previous Simons faculty mentors/research groups are of interest to you. 2. What are your long-term academic and career aspirations/goals?3. How do you spend your time outside of class? Please briefly describe your interests/hobbies, volunteer and extracurricular activities as well as any full or part time jobs/internships. 4. What problem or project have you tackled recently? Give a specific example that best conveys your problem-solving skills or talents. (You may describe problem-solving experiences outside research/ science.)5. What book (article, journal or other publication) that you have read or studied has had the most impact on you, and why?6. Describe any previous research experience (if applicable). Please include research-oriented courses you may have taken. Tell us about any computer/mechanical skills you have that may be helpful in a laboratory setting. Be specific about the nature of your research experience(s) and your responsibilities. Did the experience lead to the writing of report or participation in a competition? Note: If you plan to continue a project you have already begun working on with a Stony Brook faculty mentor, please provide a brief description of: 1) what have you accomplished to date; and 2) what you hope to accomplish in summer 2017. Be sure to include a letter (email) of commitment from your prospective SBU faculty mentor if you have already arranged for a placement. B. ESSAY. Within the broad discipline in which you propose to do research (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, etc.), what question(s) or problem(s) regarding the physical and/or natural world are you most interested in, or would you most like to see answered? Explain why, but limit your response to < 500 words.3. The school representative is responsible for completing the Nomination form (required)*, and for sending the nomination form along with the student’s application package [ application part 2 essay supplement*; reference letters (two required)*, together with an official school transcript] by the application deadline (January 18th) to: Simons Summer Research Program, Stony Brook University, Melville Library N-3071, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3357

  • Eligibility:

    high school junior at time of application, and at least 16 years of age by the start of the programUS citizens and permanent residents