CRISSP Resources & FAQs



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Eligibility Questions

All full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating in the Spring are eligible provided that they:

  • Are currently enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.3 overall GPA
  • Are interested in research related to child health and wellness
  • Are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

Please Note: Freshman are not eligible to apply

Due to the high volume of applications, no exceptions will be made to any eligibility criteria, including GPA. You are required to have a minimum 3.3 overall GPA. Please do not round up (for example: If you have a 3.27, you are not eligible for CRISSP). GPAs reported on the application form are verified by the transcripts. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Unfortunately CRISSP start and end dates are fixed. Students must attend orientation on June 3, 2024 and train full time until the program ends on Aug. 9, 2024. Participation in all CRISSP events are required. Admissions staff reserve the right to reject any application due to missing any portion of the program.

Unfortunately, freshman are not eligible for CRISSP.

No. Eligible students are required to have completed at least one full year at their college or university at the time they apply for CRISSP.

To be eligible for CRISSP applicants must be enrolled full time in a four-year Bachelor’s degree program. Students working towards Associates degrees, PharmD, or other graduate degrees are not eligible. If you are uncertain about your eligibility please contact us at [email protected] before applying. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Yes, full-time seniors graduating in the Spring are eligible to apply. Students in high school, post baccalaureate programs, and medical school are not eligible. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Students may not select their mentor. To avoid any bias in the selection process, prior relationships (professional or personal) with selected faculty are discouraged. Any prior relationship must be disclosed to the CRISSP Advisory Committee, who will consider this when assigning selected students to mentors.


Application Questions

Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

Applications must be sent electronically via the application link on the CRISSP website. Due to a high volume of applications, emails, faxes and standard mail cannot be accepted.

Please include your most complete transcript which provides the most comprehensive review of the classes you have taken. If you are invited to interview, you may be required to provide additional transcripts.

If you have not declared a major, enter your Overall GPA as your Major GPA.

Please provide the average GPA based on all classes in both majors.

Transcripts must be uploaded into your application per the instructions on the application form. We cannot accept transcripts via fax, email, or regular mail. Please work with your school's Registrar and IT departments directly if you are unsure how to upload these documents.

Each applicant must provide two letters of recommendation. Letters may be from an academic, professional or personal reference. Recommendation letters must be uploaded through the link sent via email to your recommenders. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted via email, fax, or any other method.

To confirm your letter of recommendation has been successfully uploaded, please log back in to your application portal and click "Add or Edit Recommendation Requests." Here you can check the status of a recommendation request and resend the email request to your recommender if needed.

No, you can only submit two letters.

It is your choice to send either a CV or resume. We accept both. There is no limitation on the length of your document.

The selection process is as follows:

  • Eligible applications will be reviewed by CRISSP faculty.
  • Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview. Selected candidates will complete interviews with their prospective faculty mentor.
  • Formal offers will be extended in March. Notifications will also be sent to those not selected for this year's program.

Applicants will select the track that most interests them when completing the application. Selected students will be assigned to a mentor within the selected research track. Please check the faculty tab of the CRISSP website for track descriptions and faculty listings.

We encourage all students to re-apply, if eligible.

You are not required to have clearances when applying to CRISSP. If selected to participate in the program, credentialing and obtaining clearances will be part of onboarding.


Program Questions

The 2024 program will run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, Aug. 9. CRISSP start and end dates are fixed and participation in all CRISSP events is required. Admissions staff reserve the right to reject any application due to missing any portion of the program.

On average, past students report being on campus approximately 40-50 hours per week for the full 10 weeks.

We do not allow CRISSP students to take classes while participating in the program.

A student may continue to train with their mentor following completion of the program at the mentor's discretion. Not all labs or research groups will have the room or funds available to hire additional personnel.

The stipend is $5,000. The stipend is divided into two payments ($2,500) over the course of the 10-week program.

Free housing is available to all students. Need-based travel awards may be requested and will be distributed based on availability.

Please email your questions to [email protected].