SRIP 2022 Application Instructions

When To Ask for Help

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the application process (Blackbaud, resume questions, etc.), please be sure you have thoroughly reviewed the instructions below and within the application site and before emailing Dr. Shoemaker (shoemaker@ncssm.edu). It is essential to leave time for any troubleshooting by NOT PROCRASTINATING your submissions.

OVERVIEW OF APPLICATION

The Summer Research & Innovation Program (SRIP) Application is an open application for all NCSSM Online and Durham juniors. No prior research experience or specific course work is required. NCSSM instructors for SRIP are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic and curious to learn by engaging in independent or ongoing projects that develop both personal and professional skills. Strong candidates will utilize all resources that are available to you to learn about the opportunities available in SRIP as well as follow through on the instructions below and by meeting all deadlines for the application submissions of Part 1 and Part 2.

OPENS DEC. 3 | NOW CLOSED

Part 1 Form will be available in Blackbaud to all juniors on Dec. 3

Basic information and Teacher Recommender names/contact information

OPENS DEC. 16 | DEADLINE JAN. 25

Part 2 Form will be in Blackbaud on Dec. 16 and made available to only those juniors who submitted Part 1 by the deadline.

Rankings, Resume and Essays

Applicants will need to indicate which of the opportunities within SRIP you wish to apply to and indicate the order of preference/rank for each one.

Part 1 and Part 2 of the SRIP Application are REQUIRED for application review. Students can complete Part 1, and decide not to complete Part 2, however incomplete applications will not be reviewed for acceptance. Both Part 1 and Part 2 of the application submission process will be completed using Blackbaud, a database system used at NCSSM for various application processes and forms. Students will log in to Blackbaud as you do for any other forms and functions in Blackbaud. All juniors will find SRIP Part 1 available at noon on December 3 as a “Form” to complete in Blackbaud.

Summer Research Presentation_Class of 2023

HOW TO APPLY

Application Part 1 (Basic Information)

CLOSES Dec. 14, 2021. This first step is necessary for NCSSM to initiate the process of collecting faculty recommendations. Part 1 application is due Tues. Dec. 14, 2021.

STEP 1. Engage in learning about SRIP using the resources that have been presented to juniors in the Research & Innovation website and via emails Dr. Shoemaker.

NOTE: The recording is from last year and may include reference to essay questions that have been updated or are not included this year. The Common and Specific essay questions for the Class of 2023 SRIP Application (Part 2) can be found in the Opportunities Catalog for Class of 2023.

This workshop outlined the requirements for the SRIP application essays, described what makes a good application essay in general, and provided an opportunity for students to ask questions about application essay writing at the end. While this workshop is geared towards the Research and Innovation application essays, it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about application writing in general. The tips you will learn can be applied to other applications (think college, jobs, or other research opportunities). If you have questions after watching the recording, please email Dr. Shoemaker (shoemaker@ncssm.edu)

STEP 2. Ask two teacher recommenders (one NCSSM teacher and one teacher from your homeschool) if they will be willing to serve as a recommender for your application before submitting Part 1 Application

*If you have applied for the NCSSM Mentorship Program, please enter the same recommenders if you do not wish to switch recommenders. The original Mentorship recommendations which uses the same form will be reused for your SRIP application (unless you enter new recommender's names in SRIP Part 1 application).

Choose one NCSSM faculty recommender and one recommender from your homeschool that can best describe your interests and your personal/professional skills and attributes.

  • Enter the recommenders’ names and CORRECT email address for two teacher recommenders (one NCSSM instructor, one homeschool teacher) that have agreed to respond to a simple form asking for a rating for you on several aspects of your personal/professional skills such as work ethic, independence, etc. and complete one open comment for their recommendation (no letter required). The recommendation form will be sent to your recommender directly from the Mentorship and Research office on Jan. 10 (due Jan. 25, 2022).

  • If the recommender hasn't yet agreed, do not miss the application deadline. Submit the form and email Dr. Shoemaker for advice.

  • Due to the pandemic conditions, the teacher recommendations will be weighed less heavily due to the potential of having less one-on-one direct interaction with your instructors.

  • *If you have applied for the NCSSM Mentorship Program, please enter the same recommenders if you do not wish to switch recommenders. The original Mentorship recommendations which uses the same form will be reused for your SRIP application (unless you enter new recommender's names in SRIP Part 1 application).

STEP 3. Complete and submit Part 1 Application (due 11:59pm Dec. 14, 2021)

  • TO ACCESS Part 1 application, login to Blackbaud to access and fill out the Part 1 application as a form in your Blackbaud account. When all prompts for Part 1 are complete, be sure to submit the form by Dec. 14 (must click the "Submit" button in Blackbaud)

    • Students will see the form as a banner across the top of their screen. Students who don't wish to apply to SRIP can ignore this form in Blackbaud.

  • DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION is prefilled when you log in to Part 1 application in Blackbaud. This information is from the NCSSM student database. If there is an error in the information pre-filled, contact registrar@ncssm.edu because your school record contains the error.

  • NON-NCSSM COURSES (Do not list NCSSM courses. These will automatically be pulled from Blackbaud.)

    • Please list graded courses you have taken junior year, or this past summer, that would not appear on your NCSSM transcript. If you don't have any additional graded courses, you don't need to complete this prompt.

      • Non-graded course/camps. Do not list camps, programs, that were not a course that was not graded or will not receive credit. These additional opportunities may instead be discussed in your essays if they are relevant and/or could be listed on the required resume for Application Part 2.

      • Online students, please list junior year courses you are taking at your local school

Application Part 2 (Essays and Rankings)

CLOSES Jan. 25, 2022. Complete Ranking, Resume, and Essays of Application (Part 2) due by 11:59pm on Tues., Jan. 25, 2022. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

STEP 4. RANKING: Choose and rank the opportunities in SRIP that you will apply for (a maximum of 6 opportunities). Review requirements for SRIP and be prepared to commit to all program requirements as described in the SRIP Opportunities Catalog for Class of 2023.

Access the Opportunities Catalog for Class of 2023 to review program dates and expectations for each of the SRIP options and begin to narrow down to a maximum of 6 opportunities to apply for.

  • Program Dates: Check your availability. Students must attend all program dates (in rare circumstances, a maximum absence of 1 day may be permitted by your NCSSM instructor)

  • Program Expectations: Check specific requirements for each option available to you.

Enter your choices (up to 6) and ranking for each opportunity you are applying for in the Part 2 application in Blackbaud (note each opportunity has specific essays to complete as described in Step 6 below).

STEP 5. RESUME: Create a resume using the instructions and resources provided to convey relevant information about you and your program application

RESUME FOR ALL APPLICANTS

  • The resume is required to serve as an additional resource to convey relevant information about you. To complete your resume, carefully read the instructions on how to format your resume. [See our resume handout for advice]

  • To submit, provide the link to your Resume (Resume Google Doc URL that is shared with 'Anyone at NCSSM with the link').

  • Resume Workshop: Showcase Your Skills (Recording link and the Slideshow link). This workshop will be designed for students to ask specific questions for help/guidance and not to proofread entire drafts of resumes.

STEP 6. ESSAYS: Complete all essays.

COMMON ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

The maximum word count for each essay is 500 words. Not all essays will need the maximum 500 words. For some you may find you can fully answer the question with less than 500 words. The most effective essays clearly convey your honest response and are well written yet succinct and focused on the answer to the question.

  • To complete the Common Essay questions, create a Common Essays Google Doc and respond to essays #1-3 below. Start each new prompt with the question title “Essay 1, Essay 2, etc.” The Common Essay questions below will be required of all applicants. All instructors for the opportunities you applied to will review these Common Essay responses.

  • To submit, provide the link to your Common Essays (Common Essay Google Doc URL that is shared with 'Anyone at NCSSM with the link'). Do not copy and paste the essay text into the response box in Blackbaud or you will lose all formatting and structure and may be limited by characters and cut the essay short.


COMMON ESSAY #1: Explain your reasons (the primary reason) for wanting to participate in the program(s) you have applied for in SRIP 2022. In addition, include your expectations for the program(s) and your experience.


COMMON ESSAY #2: Describe your specific reasoning for applying to and ranking the opportunities you have indicated for SRIP 2022.


COMMON ESSAY #3: What would the faculty recommender you choose say about you and what evidence could they provide to support their statement?


SPECIFIC ESSAYS FOR EACH PROGRAM YOU APPLY FOR:

The maximum word count for each essay is 500 words unless otherwise noted.

  • The required Specific Essays for each program are listed in the Opportunities Catalog for Class of 2023. To complete the Specific Essay questions, create a separate Specific Essays Google Doc for each opportunity you are applying for and respond to the Specific Essays indicated for that opportunity below. Start each new prompt with the question title “Essay 1, Essay 2, etc.”. For example, if you are applying for 4 opportunities within SRIP, you will create and submit 4 separate Specific Essays Google Docs.

  • To submit, provide the link(s) to your Specific Essays (Specific Essay Google Doc URL that is shared with 'Anyone at NCSSM with the link'). Do not copy and paste the essay text into the response box in Blackbaud or you will lose all formatting and structure and may be limited by characters and cut the essay short.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOP TO INFORM YOUR ESSAY WRITING:

(Optional) To inform your essay writing, feel free to watch the Application Essay Writing Recording (delivered by past Mentorship Instructor, Dr. Olivia Whitt)

NOTE: The recording is from last year and may include reference to essay questions that have been updated or are not included this year. The Common and Specific essay questions for the Class of 2023 SRIP Application (Part 2) can be found in the Opportunities Catalog for Class of 2023.

This workshop outlined the requirements for the SRIP application essays, described what makes a good application essay in general, and provided an opportunity for students to ask questions about application essay writing at the end. While this workshop is geared towards the Research and Innovation application essays, it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about application writing in general. The tips you will learn can be applied to other applications (think college, jobs, or other research opportunities). If you have questions after watching the recording, please email Dr. Shoemaker (shoemaker@ncssm.edu)

STEP 7. Complete and submit Part 2 Application (Opens on Dec. 16; due by 11:59pm on Jan. 25, 2022)

  • TO ACCESS Part 2 application, login to Blackbaud to access and fill out the Part 2 application as a form in your Blackbaud account. When all prompts for Part 2 are complete, be sure to submit the form (by Jan. 25)

    • Students will see the form as a banner across the top of their screen. Students who no longer with to apply for SRIP can ignore this form in Blackbaud.

  • BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE USED THE RESOURCES ABOVE TO INFORM YOUR APPLICATION!

  • Please do not procrastinate your submission of Part 2 application. Late submissions will not be accepted and requests for extensions will not be considered.

February 21: Applicants will be notified of decisions

February 28: Deadline for signed Commitment Agreements (instructions will be available to accepted students and families on Feb. 21)