Summer Research Training Program FAQ

Is the UC San Francisco Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) the same as the Amgen Scholars Program?

UC San Francisco is an Amgen Foundation Site. Amgen is one of several funding sources for the SRTP program, and all applicants must submit an SRTP application. Other funding sources include NSF-REU, UCSF and Genentech. All selected participants fall under the SRTP umbrella regardless of funding source.

When does the program begin and end?

The dates of our program are Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The dormitory move in date is Sunday, May 28, and move out date is Friday, August 4 by noon. 

I am an international student. May I apply?

No. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents at four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories may participate in the program.

As a U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending a 4 year university or college outside of the United States, am I eligible to participate in the SRTP?

No, students must attend a 4 year university or college in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory to be eligible for our program. 

Is an official transcript required?

An official transcript is not required to apply. Only non-official transcripts can be uploaded into the application system.

What do you look for in an applicant? What makes my application stand out?

You absolutely must have previous research experience to be considered competitive. Be sure to provide reference letters from mentors who have had the opportunity to observe your work in the lab.

What happens if I am selected to participate in the SRTP and my spring SEMESTER/QUARTER ENDS AFTER MAY 28?

You are still eligible to participate in the program, but you must contact us to discuss whether it is possible for you to join the program after the start-date. Where possible, participants are urged to arrange for early examinations so they can benefit from the full curriculum and experience.

How are participants placed with faculty mentors?

The online application allows you to select up to three potential mentors from an extensive drop down list. If there is a faculty member that you’d like to work with who is not on the drop down list, you can name them and why you’d like to work with them in your personal statement. The SRTP admissions committee then assigns mentors based upon your research interest and experience. Your faculty selection allows us to gauge your general research interests but you may not be matched according to these selections. We will do our best to honor your preference. We cannot guarantee that you will be placed with your preferred mentor.

If I intend to apply to a medical school, school of dentistry, school of nursing, or a school of pharmacy in the future, am I eligible to participate in the SRTP?

No. The SRTP is intended specifically for students who plan to pursue a PhD in one of these disciplines and is specifically geared towards those preparing for research degrees. For a comprehensive listing of Co-op/Internships and summer research opportunities in the life sciences that may better suit your needs, please visit Rochester Institute of Technology.

Can I make changes to my application after it's been submitted?

No changes can be made to an application once it's been submitted.

Do NOT contact faculty members directly to request a placement. All placements MUST be coordinated and approved by the faculty committee. Doing so may disqualify you from the consideration.