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Admission to Science Research Fellows Program


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

  • For High School Seniors graduating in May, 2019:  The application is open to you beginning August 1, 2018 and we will begin reviewing the applications regularly at that time. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2019.  After reviewing applications, a select group of students will be invited to campus to interview during our Honors and Fellows Weekend on Sunday, March 3, 2019.  In order to apply to any of the honors programs at DePauw, you must have already submitted an application for admission to DePauw University which will then provide you with a DPU username and password.  Remember: You do not have to be accepted to DePauw to submit your application--but you must have applied. Sometimes, admissions decisions take a little longer. If you have already submitted your DPU  application, proceed by using this link (in bold blue)which will take you to the Science Research Fellows application:

Note: you may review the online application below used by our lateral entry applicants to see what information will be requested from you--the personal statement and essay are identical. Write your personal statement and essay prior to applying and all you have to do is upload the files. 

Clicking on the Blue Link above will direct you as follows: scroll to the bottom of the page and select 

  • Start New Application.  From here you will then be clicking the following buttons:
  • Application Type (choose 2019)

  • 2019 Science Research Fellows Program

  • Create Application

  •  Open Application.  Ensure your data is correct, then select 

  • Continue at the bottom of the page.  

  • Choose your Files and Upload your personal statement and essay responses, then

  • Continue at the bottom of page.  Finally, scroll to the bottom of the final page and click 

  • Submit Application.   Don't forget to hit this one! If you don't, we won't receive your application.

Science Research Fellows Program Application

for Lateral Entry applicants (current DePauw Class of 2022) only: Note: application closed for '18-'19  

(if you are currently a high school senior-do NOT submit the application below. You can review it--it's the same one you'll have to fill out. The high school senior application can be found by clicking the Bright Blue Highlight in the paragraph above)

Current DePauw first year students (Class of 2022) can apply for Lateral Entry from September 1-October 22, 2018. In addition to completing the application below, you must ask a science/math faculty member at DePauw to submit a recommendation letter (via email) to the assoc. director by the October 22th deadline. (send recommendation to scifellows@depauw.edu)  Note: we originally had the deadline as Oct. 26th--this changed in early Sept. when the poster session was moved to earlier in the semester. If you are planning to apply but thought the deadline was later, please email me right away to let me know and you can have a few extra days. scifellows@depauw.edu   Thanks!

  • For uploading files use only a Word or .pdf file 

Contact Information

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.