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Eligibility for UPN

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Students must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Be an enrolled undergraduate at the time of the program and a graduation date no earlier than December 2017.
  • Currently attend a college or university in the United States.
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (green card holder).

While there are no definitive quantitative requirements, we are looking for highly-qualified students with an interest in:

  • Infectious Disease & Immunity
  • Brain & Behavioral Neurosciences
  • Cancer Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease
  • Community Based/Health Disparities

All students who satisfy the above qualifications are welcome to apply to the UPN program.

Students who are a part of the following categories are highly encouraged to apply:

  • Alaska: All students who attend colleges and universities in Alaska.
  • Idaho: All students who attend colleges and universities in Idaho.
  • Montana: All students who attend colleges and universities in Montana.
  • Nevada: All students who attend colleges and universities in Nevada.
  • New Mexico:
    • All students who attend colleges and universities in New Mexico.
    • New Mexico Residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities.
  • Wyoming: All students who attend colleges and universities in Wyoming.
  • All students who attend Minority-serving Institutions this includes:
  • Underrepresented students: Students who are from an underrepresented group in the sciences as defined by NIH

If you have any questions about eligibility you may contact us at to determine if you qualify.

Eligibility Questions

I have an F-1 Visa or DACA status, am I eligible for the UPN program?

No, unfortunately, due to our funding sources, eligibility for the UPN program requires that a student is a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident (green card holder).

I do not have any laboratory research experience. Am I eligible for the program?

The UPN program seeks to provide research experience for students in order to help them determine whether a career in scientific research is what they desire. Laboratory experience is not required, however, some entry level courses are important. If you do not have research experience, be sure that your personal statement clearly states why you want to experience scientific research.

How much weight does GPA have on the admissions decision?

All elements of the application package are important. GPA is one of those elements but the review committee takes into consideration all elements. The UPN program is an intense 10 week program and, in our experience, a student who has a GPA much lower than the stated 3.0 will likely find the program extremely challenging.

My university operates on a quarter system. Am I eligible to apply?

Since UPN is a short 10-week summer program, we are unable to accept students who cannot commit to being present for the whole 10 weeks of the program. If it is possible for you to commit to being present for the whole program, you are eligible to apply.

How will I be matched with a mentor for my summer project?

If you are offered a position in the UPN program and you accept, the UPN program director will recruit a mentor for you based upon the research interest you indicated on your application.

I am a senior, am I still eligible to apply?

If you are a senior who will not graduate until the Fall following the program or beyond, you are eligible for the UPN summer program.