STEP Applicant Information


Any student that is currently enrolled in a degree granting college or university is eligible. Applicants should have excellent academic records. Preference will be given to students with strong academic performance in science courses and relevant laboratory experience. Applicants need to be US citizens or permanent residents of USA.

Application process

Interested students can apply for a Molecular & Integrative Summer Fellowship by completing the following:

  1. Complete and submit an online Application Form. Please remember that your personal statements, undergraduate transcript (official or unofficial) and your three picks for faculty mentors (in order) will be required on the website before you submit your application. Please indicate if you are US citizen, permanent resident or alien.
  2. Please arrange for two confidential recommendations to be sent on your behalf and enter the recommenders email address in the online application to support this process. The link for the recommendation form will be sent by email directly to the recommender for completion.
  3. Deadline is Monday, February 28, 11:59 p.m.

Student awardees will be responsible for paying for housing during their fellowship from their stipend. Several opportunities for summer housing exist but most students will find subletting off campus housing as the most reasonable and cost effective. The average cost of summer housing was factored into the stipend amount for this award.

Students are expected to work 40 hours per week in the laboratory during the 12 week fellowship period excluding July 4. If any vacation days are requested, they must be agreed upon by the faculty member and the student, and the hours must be made up by the student before the end of the summer.

Students will be required to attend a Summer Symposium, where they will have the opportunity to report their research findings.

Do you have any questions? 

Please do not hesitate to contact the student program administrator, Ms. Heather MacFarland, at