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Admission to Science Research Fellows Program

The application process is slightly different for regular entry (current high school seniors) and lateral entry (new DPU first year) students:

  • Current DePauw first year students can apply for Lateral Entry now until the deadline of Monday, October 26th. In addition to completing the application below, you must ask a science faculty member at DePauw to submit a recommendation letter (via email) to the assoc. director by the October 26th deadline. (send recommendation to

  • High School Seniors graduating in May, 2017.  The application is open to you from October 1, 2016 until February 1, 2017. After reviewing applications, a select group of students will be invited to campus to interview during our Honors and Fellows Weekend on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  


  • Step 1 (Does not apply to lateral entry): Submit a general Application for Admission to DePauw University. 

  • Step 2: Fill out the following:

  • Feb 1, 2016: PLEASE NOTE: you cannot upload a google.doc. If you do, I cannot open them from an email application submission. Please use an appropriate file upload.

Contact Information

Academic Information

Standardized Test Scores

Demographic Information

You may choose whether or not to answer the following questions. Your responses will not affect the outcome of your application.

Personal Statement:

In 1-2 pages, describe your interest in science and in the Science Research Fellows program.

In your essay, tell us what attacts you to science, and what interests you specifically about SRF. Tell us about the strengths you feel you would bring to the program, and about your goals during and beyond college.

Put your name at the top of all pages of your essay, and upload your entry below.

Research Essay:

In 2-3 pages, propose an experiment to address a scientific problem or question that interests you.

Your submission should include the following four elements:

1. An introductory paragraph that states the question, describes its significance, and presents a hypothesis to be tested. Cite at least one article in establishing the background for the project. The article you cite does not have to be a highly technical scientific journal article, but rather, can be derived from sources such as Scientific American, Discover magazine, or the New York Times science section.

2. An experimental design section that outlines your scientific approach to testing the hypothesis, describes the methods you plan to use, and provides the reasons for choosing those methods.

3. An anticipated results section that discusses possible outcomes of your experiment.

4. A References section with at least one entry, including a hyperlink to an online version of the article (if one exists).

Helpful hints:

• Think carefully about the question you want to answer and how it relates to the hypothesis and methods. You'll have an easier time if you keep your focus narrow.
• In researching what methods to use, it can be helpful to look up the details behind research described in an article from the popular press. For example, if you are interested in a New York Times article about "prosocial behavior and genetics", you should also find the original research article to see how the scientists actually tested this behavior.
• A diagram or figure is acceptable but not required. If you include one be sure to also include a figure legend, and cite the source of the figure if it is not your own work.

Upload your submission below. Include your name at the top of all pages.


We will reply via email within two days to confirm that your application materials have been received. Never assume that the email arrived unless you receive confirmation. Technology doesn't always work and we will not know if your application did not arrive. If you haven't heard back within two days of sending your application, assume that there was an error receiving your email and please give us a call at 765-658-5090 to check on the status of your materials.