Application Information

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so please submit your application materials as soon as you are able.

Questions: Please email with any questions about the application process, or if you are wondering about the status of your application.


ALL documents must be in pdf format.

A completed application consists of 4 components: (1) Application cover page, (2) undergraduate transcript, (3) a letter of recommendation from a reference, and (4) application essay. These four components are described below

Component 1 will automatically be forwarded to the appropriate person. Components 2 through 4 each have their own upload link. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your completed application when all 4 components have been received.

  1. Application cover page: Please complete the Application Cover Page.
  2. Undergraduate transcript: Please include a copy of your undergraduate transcript to date (an unofficial version is fine). The transcript should include course name and grade earned, as well as the name of the institution where the courses were taken. Upload transcript.
  3. Letter of Recommendation: Please have at least one individual (typically a faculty member) write a letter of recommendation in support of your application. One of the key items they should address is their knowledge of your ability to work in a group.  Please provide the faculty member with this link where they will upload their letter of recommendation.  It must come directly from the person writing the recommendation and may not be uploaded by the applicant 
  4. Application essay: Upload application essay. The application essay should be no more than three pages single spaced and include answers to the following questions:
  • What excites you about mathematics/statistics in general, and statistical genetics/genetic epidemiology in particular?
  • What are your career plans? Is a Ph.D. in statistics, statistical genetics, or related fields part of those plans?
  • What excites you about the prospect of doing research for the summer? Why do you want to do research?
  • What relevant courses and other training have you had and how has it prepared you for research? What other relevant skills do you possess?
  • Please include some information about yourself personally, not only personality/traits, but also hobbies and interests outside of statistics.

The essay is a critical component of your application. While there is no required format, please include headings for the five areas above, along with sections for other topics you wish to address.