Anacapa Island. Photo by Derek Lohuis, National Park Service

Apply to the Summer Scholars Institute

Favor de notar: Como el componente académico del Instituto será en inglés, la aplicación debe ser completada en inglés.

To help you prepare a strong application, all the questions may be found below. We recommend you prepare careful responses to questions #14 through #19; you may copy and paste your responses into the online application.

Questions Found in Application

Questions Requiring Short (Factual) Answers

  1. What is your name?
  2. Please carefully enter your e-mail address
  3. Please carefully enter a parents/guardians e-mail address (optional).
  4. Please provide a phone number.
  5. What is the name of your high school?
  6. What is your high school GPA?
  7. Do you believe that your GPA is a true indicator of your academic potential? (Yes/ No)
  8. If your response to #7 is “No,” please explain why you believe that your GPA is not a true indicator of your academic potential.
  9. What is your major or academic area of interest? (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences and Resource Management, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Other non-Scientific Area, Undeclared)
  10. What is the highest level of education obtained by your father, mother, and any of your siblings (Less than high school, Completed high school, Some college, 4-yr college degree, Masters Degree, Ph.D., Don't Know)?
  11. Please select all the Science classes you have taken in high school. (Table of choices provided: Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science, Health, Biology, Robotics, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Physiology, other. Level of class also requested: Standard, SDAEI, College Prep, Honors or AP, IB.)
  12. If you checked “other” from the choices above, please list other science classes taken in high school.
  13. List all Mathematics classes you have taken? Please specify the year and  grade you earned in each clas.

Questions Requiring Longer Answers 

  1. Why you are interested in Science or Mathematics. (Please write a minimum of 5 sentences.)
  2. What is (or was) your favorite class is high school? Why? (Please write a minimum of 5 sentences)
  3. Please describe your worst experience in Mathematics. If all your mathematical experiences have been positive, then please describe your best experience in Mathematics or Science. (Min. 5 sentences)
  4. Why are you interested in participating in the Summer Scholars Institute? (Min. 5 sentences)
  5. Describe any experience that you have in working as a member of a team.
  6. How do you believe you might benefit from participating in the Summer Scholars Institute?

A Few More Questions Requiring Short Answers

  1. Please write the name of a Science or Mathematics teacher as a reference. If this person is no longer at your high school, please provide contact information.
  2. Do you speak any languages other than English? (Yes/ No)
  3. If your response to #21 is “Yes,” please write all the languages you speak and give your level of proficiency (beginner, intermediate, advanced) for each.
  4. Are you committed to attending the entire Summer Scholars Institute (Monday through Friday, July 25 - Aug. 12? (Yes/ No/ I'm not sure yet)
  5. We have funding for 15 out-of-county participants.  Do you need a housing application sent to you? 
  6. How did you hear about the Summer Scholars Institute?
  7. Would you like to add any questions/comments/concerns regarding the Summer Scholars Institute?

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Island Fox. Photo by NPS