CIRCUIT is the Cohort-based Integrated Research Community for Undergraduate Innovation and Trailblazing. The CIRCUIT program at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research while building skills to make significant contributions to science. Diverging from traditional summer internships, CIRCUIT students participate in a yearlong cohort-based research experience as integral members of APL project teams and participate in unique, hands-on learning in a fun, collaborative environment. More information about the program can be found at http://www.circuitinstitute.org.
Funding type: individual
Funding amount: $9000 for summer; credit during academic year
Opens for applications: December 1
Deadline to apply: February 1 (11:59 pm)
Award announced: on or about March 15
Length of award: 12 weeks over the summer, with training in spring prior
For all program questions please contact:
William Gray Roncal, Ph.D. (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Martha Cervantes (email@example.com)
Please review the FAQs below and contact HOUR at HOUR@jhu.edu with any other questions.
Who is eligible to apply?
All registered Hopkins undergraduates in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension) are eligible. CIRCUIT especially encourages applications from undergraduate sophomores and juniors, students from underserved backgrounds (e.g. first generation students, low-income backgrounds), students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and/or those who may not have previously had an opportunity for a research experience. Students do not need a background in computer science or engineering, however students should be able to demonstrate an interest in science and research in their application.
What is required to apply?
How is funding distributed?
Students are paid $1500 as semi-monthly salary (twice each month) from 5/16 through 8/15 (the first check paying on 5/31 and the final check on 9/1. Direct deposit is strongly encouraged.
What can the funding be used for?
Program funding may be used toward living expenses over the summer including rent and food. It can also be used for a new laptop, conference fees, travel, and other discretionary expenses.
Note: the Homewood campus offers limited dorm rooms and a rental sublet list. Contact the housing office for details. Upon request, HOUR is happy to provide a letter assuring the office you are working at the university over the summer. You can also look for housing closer to the APL campus in Laurel, MD for the summer.
Do I need to have a car or find my own transportation to APL (Laurel)?
No, HOUR recommends the cohort of students utilize HopVans through transportation. Designated students can become authorized drivers to transport the cohort to and from APL. HOUR will provide an account number to cover the expense of the HopVan for the length of the program. If you have your own car, you are welcome to utilize it for travel to APL. Onsite parking is free.
How are students selected?
Program PI Will Roncal and his designees are provided with access to all applicants via the SMApply portal. After review of online applications and documents, they will schedule interviews for their team with candidates on the Homewood campus.