How to Apply

Part I - Application Process

  1. A completed online application form which includes your statement of interest. See the statement of interest prompts below. You will also be asked to identify four faculty whose research field match your interests.
  2. To be uploaded along with the online form.
    • A 1-page resume with a history of all your work and laboratory experience. Please be sure to include any lab or course work that you feel is relevant.
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, course instructor, TA or employer (one who is familiar with your scientific skills). All letters must be submitted online by the letter writer and are due by the application deadline.

Statement of Interest Prompt

Write a concise essay using the following prompts. Your statement of interest should be no more than 8,000 characters and include all of the following information:

  1. Discuss why you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree.
  2. Describe how this scholarship program will help you reach your educational and career aspirations.
  3. Describe your educational background and achievements providing information on barriers (educational, personal, social, and/or cultural) you may have personally faced and how you overcame them. For example, if your family members experienced barriers in higher education, whether you are the first person in your family to go to college, and whether you have experienced a lack of role models or informational resources about higher education and careers.
  4. Briefly discuss your commitment to addressing educational, social, and/or cultural barriers that prevent participation from underrepresented groups in graduate programs.
  5. Briefly describe your research area of interest. This need not be based on research that you have done or are currently doing. We simply want to understand what areas interest you.
  6. Be sure to include mention of participation in undergraduate achievement programs (CAMP, MESA, McNair, MEP, SIMS, INSET, etc.).
  7. Please expand upon these components and share any additional information you feel is relevant to your unique personal or education history.

Note: If you are currently involved in or have participated in undergraduate research, please also include a brief description of that research project, no more than 3000 characters long.

Part II - Application Process

Two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, course instructor, TA or employer (one who is familiar with your scientific skills). All letters must be submitted online by the letter writer and are due by the application deadline.

Please provide your letter writers with the following link

Letters of Recommendation

Part III - Application Process (after selection)

To be completed after you have been selected for the program.

A 2-page research plan written by the applicant with appropriate input from the mentor and including background information for the project as well as a concise, but well defined, research project plan. The proposal should include:

  1. Background information about the project and research area
  2. A concise, but well defined, research project plan
  3. An email of support from your research sponsor indicating their support of your project and identifying your lab mentor.

All after selection materials should be emailed to

Samantha Davis, PhD
Program Coordinator
Phone: (805) 893-8570
Email: sldavis@ucsb.edu

Email Correspondence

ALL correspondence with applicants will be via email, including award decisions.

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