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Comprehensive Collection of Research Programs
Copyright © 2017 by Abhilash Potluri & Anvith Potluri
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Book Design by Anvith Potluri
First Edition: Sept, 2017
When my son who is in his 10th grade now needed, help finding suitable STEM camps that fit his schedule and our budget, we discovered to our dismay that there aren’t that many resources out there either on the internet, in school, or in libraries and bookstores. So, our natural next step was to approach Abhilash Potluri, son of my friend, who we knew for years was an expert in exploring, enrolling, and excelling at various STEM opportunities. Surprisingly, he and his brother, Anvith, had a wealth of knowledge not only on what to pick but how to process the load of disjointed information available into an organized structure.
I am delighted to see their work of discovery and painstaking effort rooted in over two years of research, exploration, documentation, and organization firmly take shape in the form of this book. Many students asked Abhilash and benefited by joining coding camp, STARS camp, National Institute of Health Research Programs, Welch Programs and Nano explorer. A few college counselors have sought and obtained helpful information. What has helped dozens of their friends, friends of friends, kids in the neighborhood, and just acquaintances in parties is now available to everyone to find hundreds of research programs for gainfully expending their summertime in expanding their horizons, having fun, and learning with stalwarts. The book provides valuable suggestions on how and when to start your process, who to approach, where to find the information, what grades a program is suitable for, and if there any stipends or special programs available. The book is organized by state to assist students seeking local opportunities.
I have seen the information available in this book transform high-school lives and enhance college admissions of many students. I am confident you or someone you know will one day thank this book for putting you or your dear one in a school of their choice. I congratulate Abhilash and Anvith Potluri on bringing this beautifully curated work to light and for offering the breadth of information to all school students. I wish the readers of this book luck in finding the right opportunity!
Yad Senapathy, MS, PMP
Founder & CEO, PMTI
October 8, 2017
Just like any other endeavor, this book would not have been possible without the support of family and friends. This page serves as a humble acknowledgment for all the support, help, and guidance that was given to both authors over the course of this book’s creation.
First of all, we would like to thank our aunt (Mrs. Latha Nadella), Mr. Rajesh Mandava, Mr. Onkur Sen, and Mr. Yad Senapathy for encouraging us to pursue this idea from its inception. Our special gratitude to Mr. Senapathy, for mentoring us and helping us with introducing to Mr. Samba Siva who showed us alternative formats for better readability. That enabled us to reformat the book when we thought we had the final version, but the result is an amazing improvement over the earlier format. We like to thank our parents, especially our mom, for their help in proofreading and formatting the book and making it compatible with the various eBook formats despite their busy work schedules. I hope you enjoy the book and more importantly be a tool to guide you for a productive summer research.
Abhilash and Anvith Potluri
At present, we are a rising senior and junior in high school. Over the last three years, we have been researching about summer opportunities extensively and made it a point to write down a short note about each option we investigated. The primary source of information is the message boards on College Confidential and our friends who also have been applying to the programs. Along the way, we realized we perhaps have a very comprehensive set of collection of these programs. We also find ourselves fielding lot of questions on these summer opportunities. With the encouragement from friends, we decided to clean up our notes and make it in a standard format and publish it for broad consumption. Our objective is to provide an easy way for students, counselors, and parents to find summer research programs. We made it a point to include several programs exclusively for underrepresented minorities (URM) hoping that this would help increase the awareness and bring exposure to the STEM fields.
When we were researching for summer programs, we had a special emphasis on finding programs that not only aligned with our interest but also paid a stipend or free. At the same time, we understand several that would be interested in programs that carry tuition fees, and we made it a point to include those as well. But a bulk of the programs are either free or pay a stipend.
We by no means know all the programs that are available as is evident that we only have covered 35 out of 50 states. If you know of a good research program or have feedback to be included in the next year’s version, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you, and we hope this information is useful to you.
The key to applying for summer research programs is to start the process early. We recommend starting as soon as August. The first step is to shortlist five or six summer programs to apply. While it may seem tempting to pick only programs that might look good for college admissions and resumes, you should only pick programs that you have a genuine interest and passion. By choosing programs that align with your interest, it allows you to have a much more enriching experience.
Some of the programs like NIH will require applicants to contact Principal Investigators that will act as their mentors. We recommend reviewing the research areas and gain good understanding before reaching out to the scientists. Scientists have limited time to respond to the emails, and a generic bulk email is unlikely to get their attention. We also found that twitter or other social media feeds of these scientists and organizations will have links to the presentations and publications that provide an excellent basic understanding of their research. These feeds provided links to obtain the research papers from various organizations in that research field easily.
After narrowing the list, the next step is to put a timeline with deadlines for the programs and listing their requirements. This planning is essential since each program has its own set of unique requirements. Most require scores from standardized tests such as SAT and ACT, transcript and recommendations from teachers. It is always a good idea to give adequate time to write an excellent recommendation. Most programs also require a transcript to be mailed by the school directly, so we recommend doing this early.
Most programs require essays, and the prompts are different for each program. Many people falsely believe that after the first draft, the essay is perfect and ready for submission. It takes many revisions for the essay to be complete that is void of grammatical errors. This process takes time so plan accordingly and lean on friends and family to peer review the essay. During these revisions, it is important not to lose your voice and message.
Finally, the most important thing to remember throughout the whole process is to stay positive. These programs are highly competitive and receive hundreds or even thousands of applications, so it is inevitable to receive some rejections. We also recommend writing to the professors at the local universities that might be more open to hosting high school students for summer research. This would be an excellent way to find research opportunities outside of the formal programs.
Location: Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, AZ | Web: Click here
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) offers eight weeks of summer research program for high school students. The primary focus areas of translational medicine in laboratory research, computational biology, bioinformatics, mathematics, and statistics. Most Scholars work in Phoenix at TGEN headquarters. Some students intern at Translational Drug Development (TD2) on the Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale or the Pathogen Genomics Division in Flagstaff. This is a very competitive program and is limited to students attending Arizona high schools. The selection process includes an interview.
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ | Web: Click here
Banner Sun Health Research Institute used to host high school students for summer research. They have paused the program for 2017. Per the website, they are in partnership with ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center to restart this program in 2018.
Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA | Web: Click here
Stanford University Mathematics Camp has been hosting this since 1994. Participants spend four weeks on campus working on a variety of advanced topics in Mathematics such as Abstract Algebra, Number Theory & Algebraic Topology. Apart from the curriculum on the advanced topics listed, participants pursue a research topic in depth. This research component is what makes this camp very exciting. Admissions criteria include pre-application, application, and test scores. The application includes set of problems that the applicants are expected to solve and carries significant weight in the decision process. Also, the program places a strong emphasis on the applicant’s performance in math contests.
Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA | Web: Click here
Stanford AI Lab outreach summer program is a two-week residential program with a combination of lectures, hands-on research projects, field trips and mentoring activities.
Location: UC Davis, Davis, CA | Web: Click here
The University of California at Davis offers research opportunities for rising juniors and seniors. This program is over six weeks long where the faculty mentor guides students on independent research. The program focuses on national science with an emphasis on biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. This program is very competitive, and average class intake is about 40 students from over 400 applicants. There is no requirement to be a California resident to participate in this program.
Location: UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, CA | Web: Click here
California State Summer School for Math and Science (COSMOS) hosts four-week residential summer camp across four University of California campuses at Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz. This program is open to both in state and out of state residents. The program is very competitive. It is open to 8th graders although upper grades get higher preference of admission. Each campus has an intake of about 160-200 students. The courses offered on each campus are different. So, applicants get to choose the campus and courses