FAQs and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not a US citizen, can I apply to the STROBE Undergraduate Summer Research Program?
We are currently accepting applications from both US citizen and non-citizen undergraduates, but will likely only have a few spaces for applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents.

How do I submit a letter of recommendation if my letter writer wants his/her letter to remain confidential?
Have your letter writer email their letter to strobe.surs@jila.colorado.edu. The application will ask for the name and email address of your letter writer. 

Can I apply if I don't currently attend one of the institutions listed?
Yes! We do not require you to be a student at one of the institutions listed to apply. If your application is accepted, the program will cover travel expenses to the STROBE institution to which you were accepted.

Can I apply if I don’t have prior research experience?
Yes! Please see the resources and tips listed below for help preparing your application.

Can I apply if I’m graduating before the summer starts?
We cannot accept students that have finished their undergraduate degree before the summer program starts.

What’s the difference between a resume and a CV?
Mostly length and the context in which they are used. A resume is typically 1-2 pages and used in the business, industry, and government contexts. A CV (Curriculum Vita) can be many pages, and is typically used in college and university contexts. Either is fine for this application.

What if I only want to work in one specific lab?
You can choose only one institution on the application form, and explain your interests in your personal statement.


As you are writing your personal statement, please remember to consider the following questions: 

  • What are your current academic and scientific interests?
  • How have previous coursework, research projects, or other experiences influenced your interests?
  • What are your future educational and career goals, and how does training as a researcher fit with your goals?
  • What are the academic, volunteer or work experiences that have best prepared you to engage in research?

On your resume/CV, we recommend including:

  • Programming experience
  • Mathematics courses taken

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Pathways to Science
(writing and letter of recommendation resources)