Friday Harbor Laboratories

Last modified Feb. 17, 2016

Student Application Procedure


2016 applications now being accepted for FHL courses in spring, summer and autumn!


2016 STUDENT APPLICATION DUE DATES:


SPRING QUARTER 2016: Applications to be reviewed beginning February 1, 2016
Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.*

SUMMER SESSIONS 2016: Applications to be reviewed beginning February 1, 2016
Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.*

AUTUMN QUARTER 2016: May 15 (early review) and July 1 (standard application review date)*

*Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

*For late applications please contact Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator:
fhladmin@uw.edu or 206-616-0753 (Monday-Thursday)


Note: Graduate students who wish to conduct independent research should follow the fellowship application procedures.


REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Applications are welcome from undergraduates, post-baccalaureates or graduate students from any institution, worldwide. Applicants do not need to be currently enrolled at the University of Washington or any other university or college.

Following the application due dates listed above, applications will be reviewed all at one time by faculty. Admissions decisions are normally completed in 4-6 weeks and applicants are notified via email. Action on admission to FHL cannot be taken until the application file is complete. The Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories has final authority in accepting persons for the FHL instructional program.

Financial aid requests will be considered after admissions decisions have been completed. This may require an additional 1-2 weeks.


There are different application requirements for University of Washington (UW) matriculated undergraduates and all other students. Please refer to the chart below for application requirements by category of applicant.


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APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
see list below:

ALL APPLICANTS applying for spring, summer or autumn

(other than UW undergraduates applying for spring or autumn)

UW-MATRICULATED UNDERGRADUATES

Applying for

SPRING or AUTUMN QUARTER at FHL
UW-MATRICULATED UNDERGRADUATES

Applying for

SUMMER COURSES
at FHL
UW undergrads applying for Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) scholarship in spring or autumn**
1) FHL APPLICATION FORM
Click this link to complete the web-based FHL Application Form
FHL Application Form required
FHL Application Form required
FHL Application Form required
FHL Application Form required
2) TRANSCRIPTS
Transcripts required
Transcripts required
Transcripts required
Transcripts required
3) PERSONAL STATEMENT
Personal Statement required
Personal Statement NOT required
Personal Statement required
Personal Statement required
4) LETTER of RECOMMENDATION
Letter of Recommendation required
Letter of recommendation NOT required
Letter of Recommendation required
Letter of Recommendation required from a colleg-level instructor
5) COURSE PREFERENCE LIST
If applying for the Marine Biology Quarter* in spring or autumn, please email course preferences to fhlapp@uw.edu
Course preference list required for the Marine Biology Quarter, email course preferences to fhlapp@uw.edu*
Course preference list required for the Marine Biology Quarter, email course preferences to fhlapp@uw.edu*
To be eligible to apply for a Mary Gates Endowment Scholarship, one of the courses must be FHL 470 (a 6-credit research experience course as part of the ZooBot Quarter in spring or the Marine Biology Quarter in fall) or Ocean 492, a 15-credit research apprenticeship in fall.
6) Optional: If applying for FHL financial aid, submit an FHL FINANCIAL AID FORM (see below) not required unless applying for financial aid
not required unless applying for financial aid
not required unless applying for financial aid
not required unless applying for financial aid

More detailed information about the required application documents is listed below:

1) FHL APPLICATION FORM (link here, form required from all applicants)

2) TRANSCRIPTS (required from all applicants)

We strongly encourage electronic submission to FHL. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Please submit transcripts as an Adobe .pdf document sent as an attachment to email to fhlapp@uw.edu. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter, e.g. "Smith, SPR 2016" or, if applying to more than one quarter, please list both, e.g., "Smith, SUM & AUT 2016" If submitting a personal statement please submit both the transcripts and personal statement together in one email, if possible.

3) PERSONAL STATEMENT

A personal statement is not required from UW undergrads applying for spring or autumn unless they wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**

To apply for summer course(s) a personal statement is required from ALL applicants (including UW students).

Please provide a statement of approximately one page which describes how the FHL course or apprenticeship will help you achieve your career goals. If you are applying for more than one course or apprenticeship, you may choose to submit a customized statement for each. We strongly encourage electronic submission of a .pdf (Adobe PDF format) document via email. If possible, please submit both the transcripts and personal statement as attachments in one email. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter. Please email to fhlapp@uw.edu.


4) LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

A letter of recommendation is not required for UW undergrads applying for spring or autumn unless they wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research experience or research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**

To apply for summer course(s) a letter of recommendation is required from ALL applicants (including UW students).

Please provide one or two letters of recommendation from faculty member(s) who are familiar with your work. On an exceptional basis (other than for a Mary Gates Endowment application in spring or fall) letters of recommendation will be accepted from people other than faculty but these letters generally carry less weight with FHL reviewers. Letters should be emailed directly from the writer to fhlapp@uw.edu. The emailed letters should list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic term, e.g., "Smith, Summer 2016."


5)*APPLICANTS to the MARINE BIOLOGY QUARTER in spring or autumn: PLEASE EMAIL A LIST OF YOUR COURSE PREFERENCES TO: fhlapp@uw.edu

Marine Biology Quarter course choices: http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/studentInfo2016.html


6) FINANCIAL AID REQUEST FORM, if applicable.

This request form is required if requesting financial aid from Friday Harbor Laboratories. We prefer that you download the Financial Aid Request Form (Excel template), fill it in, save it as a .pdf file, and submit it via email fhlapp@uw.edu. If possible, please submit transcripts, personal statement and financial aid request form as attachments in one email. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter. Admissions decisions are in no way connected to a student's ability to pay.

FHL scholarship and fellowship funding derives from generous donations from alumni and friends of the Laboratories. FHL financial aid is awarded on the basis of both financial need and academic merit. Support is available to students attending either undergraduate or graduate-level courses in spring, summer or autumn at Friday Harbor Labs. Because FHL gives course scholarship funds to as many students as possible, it cannot provide full financial aid for any. The expectation is that all students will contribute to required expenses of taking an FHL course; most use a variety of sources, e.g. personal, departmental, and other.

SUMMER COURSES: To help students realistically plan their course finances, in Summer 2015, FHL financial aid to students ranged from $1000 - $3000 with a median of $1900.

SPRING and AUTUMN QUARTER, COURSES and RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIPS: Financial aid for students attending courses or research apprenticeships in spring or autumn is very limited; awards are only awarded in exceptional cases, based on both financial need and academic merit. In 2014 and 2015, awards in spring and autumn ranged from $400 to $2000 with only one to five students per quarter awarded FHL financial aid.


**NOTE to UW-matriculated undergraduates about applying for a Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) scholarship: if you are a UW undergrad participating in a 15-credit FHL Research Apprenticeship or a 6-credit FHL Research Experience (FHL 470) you MAY be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students ($3000 for a 15-credit apprenticeship, $1250 for a 6-credit research experience). FHL staff will request MGE funds on behalf of eligible students. Minimum eligibility guidelines for this MGE funding are:

- at least a 3.0 GPA,
- sufficient course background in introductory science courses, and
- at least a junior standing for a 15-credit FHL research apprenticeship, or a minimum sophomore standing for a 6-credit FHL research experience.

Exceptions can be made for students with excellent recommendations. To be considered for MGE funding, students must submit to FHL all of the following documents, as listed above: FHL Application Form, transcripts, personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from a college-level instructor. Documents should be submitted in time for the FHL review dates listed at top of this page. If accepted to an FHL research apprenticeship or research experience, FHL staff will forward all FHL application documents to MGE. Again, only UW-matriculated undergraduates are eligible to apply for MGE funding; students do not need to submit an FHL Financial Aid Request Form in order to be considered for MGE funding and do not need to address statements or letters of recommendation directly to MGE.

If a UW-undergraduate student applying for a Research Apprenticeship or Research Experience requires additional financial aid, then an FHL Financial Aid Request Form should be prepared, although additional aid from FHL for these students will only be considered in exceptional cases.


UW students may apply for regular UW financial aid to help offset the costs for coursework at Friday Harbor Labs. Receipt of funding from FHL or from the Mary Gates Endowment may affect a student's financial aid award from UW. All UW students receiving financial aid from UW should contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid:

206-543-6101.

http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/



UW graduate students: Please be sure to contact your advisor and department to inquire about support prior to submitting your request to FHL for financial aid, and please be sure to include this support in your financial aid request.


FHL scholarship and fellowship funding derives from generous donations from alumni and friends of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of both financial need and academic merit, and admission decisions are not influenced by financial aid requirements. Support is available to undergraduate students, post-baccalaureates and graduate students, including international students.


Additionally, for first or second year graduate students or advanced undergraduates, the Libbie Hyman Fellowship supports students on their first trip to a marine research lab. The closing date for the receipt of applications (including transcripts and supporting letters) is mid-February.


How much will this course cost and h
ow do students register?
Link to 2016 FHL Costs for Students

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Link to student visa information


Student Coordinators at University of Washington

Credits for FHL coursework will be earned through the University of Washington but applicants to FHL courses do not need to be enrolled at University of Washington. Students from all over the world come to study and conduct research at Friday Harbor Labs.

UW students are encouraged to contact the Student Coordinators in their respective departments:

To apply, students should follow the FHL application procedures and, if applying for the ZooBot Quarter or the Marine Biology Quarter, should also e-mail their preferred course choices to Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at Friday Harbor Laboratories.