The Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University has a commitment to increase the participation of students with exceptional ability and promise who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures to the sciences, and who have demonstrated interest and passion for research in the broad field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, to apply for and be appointed as a 2019 MOL BIO Scholar. MOL BIO Scholars will be selected from a competitive national applicant pool of junior and senior undergraduates for travel to Princeton University from October 3-6, 2019 and participation in the MOL BIO Scholars program.
Students will arrive October 3 and depart October 6, staying at a hotel near the Princeton University campus, with travel and hotel expenses covered. MOL BIO Scholars will tour the University and attend workshops on the process of applying to and interviewing for graduate school, resources available to our graduate students, as well as participate in the annual Department of Molecular Biology off-campus retreat. At the retreat, graduate students and postdocs from each lab in the department highlight their recent research. MOL BIO Scholars will also be given the opportunity to present a poster on their prior research, as well as to engage in informal and formal networking interactions with MOL BIO faculty and graduate students. It is a great way to preview Princeton and gain insights into the process of applying to graduate school.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities (including U.S. territories, Guam Puerto Rico). Eligible applicants should hold an academic status of junior, senior or postbaccalaureate scholar by October, 2019. We strongly encourage applications from Minority Serving Institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Hispanic Serving Institutions.
Application Open: April 1, 2019
Application Deadline: May 31, 2019
Notification date: August 2, 2019
Q: Do I need to submit an official transcript with my application?
A: For the online application it is acceptable to submit an unofficial transcript. Those individuals moving into the final stages of the selection process will be asked to submit an official copy.
Q: How do I submit my letters of recommendation?
A: Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ask your references to include your full name in the email subject and in any related documents.
Q: Do I need to pay out-of-pocket for my travel expenses?
A: No. The MOL BIO Scholars staff will arrange to pay for your airfare or train transportation directly. You may need to pay for transportation to and from the airport, but you will be reimbursed for those expenses.
Q: What is the dress code for the visit?
A: Dress is business casual/comfortable. The retreat will be at the beach so bring some clothes for that as well.
Q: Can I attend on a different day?
A: As this program is tied closely to our Department Retreat, we are not able to offer alternative dates.
Q: Which airport is best for travelling to Princeton?
A: Either Newark International Airport (EWR) or Philadelphia (PHL) is fine, with Newark slightly more convenient. Many Northeast Corridor trains on NJ Transit leave from Newark Airport and stop at Princeton Junction, and then Princeton station on campus.
2018 MOL BIO Scholars