Acceptance Status FAQ

Acceptance emails for the Summer 2018 Secondary Student Training Program go out on Monday! With this information comes lots of questions, so here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we get.

Q: I’m an alternate. Why was I selected as an alternate?
A: Multiple factors determine the selection process for SSTP. We examine transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendations, and essay responses. After selecting students based on these criteria, we begin trying to find research group placements that would be a good match based on declared research interests, previous research experiences, and high school coursework. When all of the pieces fall into place, we are able to offer a placement in a research group for the summer.  In many cases, we are unable to offer students with outstanding application materials a spot in a research group right away because we are unable to find a suitable lab placement.

Q: I’m an alternate. What number am I on the wait list?
A: We work to match you with your indicated research interest. Because of this, names on the wait list aren’t just ranked 1 – 100. When a student declines their invitation to SSTP, we look for an alternate with similar research interests that might make a good match in the open research group seat.

Q: I’m an alternate. I really want to come to SSTP, but I’ve been invited to join other programs.  What should I do?
A: This is a question only you can answer.  We cannot guarantee that anyone on the wait list will be offered a spot in the SSTP program.

Q: I’ve been accepted. Why can’t I contact my mentor?
A: There are a few reasons we ask that you don’t contact your mentor. First, this is a busy time of year for faculty mentors! They are in the home stretch of their teaching assignments, helping students graduate, working on advisees’ dissertations, etc. In an effort to be respectful of their time, mentors do not formally engage with the program until June 1st.

Q: I’ve been accepted to SSTP! What’s next?
A: First and foremost, we need to know you’re serious about coming, which means you have to make a down payment on tuition. You received information about making this payment in your email. You have 3 options:

1) Make an SSTP payment in full by April 10th,

2) Make the suggested down payment to SSTP by April 9th, or

3) Contact the Belin-Blank Center to set up some sort of payment plan by April 9th.

The most important thing is that you make some sort of contact with us before April 9th to let us know you’re interested in coming to SSTP! If you’ve been accepted to the program and you have not made a financial commitment by April 9th, we reserve the right to offer your placement to another student on the waitlist.


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