FAQs and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

You can choose only one institution on the application form, and explain your interests in your personal statement.

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.

We unfortunately cannot accept students who have received their degree before the program starts. If you are graduating in December (after the program) you are still eligible to apply.

Yes! Please see the resources and tips listed below for help preparing your application.

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.

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.

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.


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)

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