Competitive applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, biotechnology, or mathematical modeling. They must have completed one year of biology by the summer of 2016 and must be classified as an undergraduate student prior to and during program participation. Participants must be available full-time May 8 - July 23, 2016. The National Science Foundation requires that all participants be United States citizens or a permanent resident of the United States. http://seaver.pepperdine.edu/surb/requirements/Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. They must have completed one year of biology by the summer of 2016 and must be classified as an undergraduate student prior to and during program participation. Participants must be available full-time between May 8 - July 23, 2016. The National Science Foundation requires that all participants be United States citizens or a permanent resident of the U.S. All SURB students will live on the campus of Pepperdine University, grouped together as a research cohort, in housing provided by the SURB program.
A copy of your online application, a brief essay stating the reason(s) why you would like to participate in this program, and unofficial college transcript(s), needs to be uploaded to interfolio and received before 12:00PM (PST) on February 15, 2016.
One letter of recommendation (in pdf format) sent directly from a science faculty member who is familiar with your academic or research work also must be uploaded to interfolio. Please note that your interfolio file must be set up before the science faculty member can upload a letter for you.
The Pepperdine SURB program is primarily funded through the National Science Foundation. We have submitted a grant application for funding renewal, which is currently being reviewed. Though we are accepting applications, please be aware that the 2016 program is contingent upon renewal of NSF funding.
Submission of a Complete Application
Full application to the program requires completion of steps 1-3.
STEP 1: Online General Application
- Submit general application form online.
- On receipt of email confirmation, save a copy of the general application and upload to Interfolio to start your file.
This general application is a "place holder or reservation" and will not be considered complete without following the additional steps shown below.
STEP 2: Submission of a Complete Application File
Please review Interfolio instructions (attached here). Collect the following materials and upload them to interfolio. Make sure that once your Interfolio file is complete, you must check out your Interfolio cart and receive email verification, otherwise your account has not been submitted to Pepperdine.
Components are to include the following:
- Submission of a copy of your Completed Application.
- A 1-2 page essay defining your career aspirations, your specific interests with regard to biological research, and your interest in the Pepperdine SURB program in particular; and
- Your current college transcript(s), which may be either official or unofficial
STEP 3: Letter of Recommendation
Each application file must include one letter of recommendation sent directly from
a science faculty member who is familiar with the academic or research work of the
candidate. A signed copy of this letter should be emailed from the faculty member,
not the applicant, as a PDF attachment and uploaded to your interfolio account. Letters can not be uploaded until your Interfolio file has been set up.
If you have any problems submitting your materials in the requested format, please contact the Natural Science Division at 310-506-4321 for assistance.