Student Application Procedure
2013 STUDENT APPLICATION DATES:
APPLICATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR SPRING, SUMMER AND AUTUMN COURSES.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLASSES ARE FILLED.
Spring Quarter:Review of applications begins January 25, 2013. Applications will be accepted after that on a space-available basis.*
Summer Sessions:Review of applications begins February 1, 2013. Applications will be accepted after that on a space-available basis.*
Autumn Quarter:May 15, 2013 early admission review date for Marine Biology Quarter only.
July 1, 2013 application review date for all Autumn Quarter applications. Applications will be accepted after that on a space-available basis.*
*If it is past the application review dates listed above, please contact Stacy Markman, Student Coordinator at Friday Harbor Laboratories, to ask about space availability in spring, summer or autumn courses. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 206-616-0753.
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 dates listed above, applications will be reviewed all at one time by faculty. Admissions decisions are normally completed in approximately 3-6 weeks and applicants are notified via email. Financial aid requests will be considered after admissions decisions have been completed. This normally requires an additional 1-3 weeks.
Note: Graduate students who wish to conduct independent research should follow the fellowship application procedures.
Required Student Application Documents
All applicants (other than UW-matriculated undergraduates applying for Spring Quarter or Autumn Quarter at FHL, see note below*) need to submit the following documents:
1) FHL application form,
2) unofficial transcripts,
3) personal statement, and
4) a letter of recommendation.
*Note to UW undergraduates applying for Spring Quarter or Autumn Quarter at FHL:
If you are a matriculated undergraduate at University of Washington and are applying for a course or research apprenticeship in Spring or Autumn Quarter at Friday Harbor Labs, the only documents required are the FHL application form and your transcripts. (A statement and letter of recommendation are not required, unless you wish to apply for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship (15 credits) or research experience (6 credits, as part of the ZooBot Quarter or the Marine Biology Quarter).**
All students applying for Summer A or B at FHL, including UW-undergraduates, must submit ALL of the application documents listed above.
Note to all students applying for the Zoo-Bot Quarter in Spring or the Marine Biology Quarter in Autumn: in addition to the documents listed above, you will also need to email your course preferences to Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, at: email@example.com.
Zoo-Bot Quarter course choices are available at:
Marine Biology Quarter course choices are available at:
1) WEB APPLICATION FORM
We strongly encourage electronic submission via email. Official transcripts are not required. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter, e.g. "Smith, Aut 2013" or, if applying to more than one quarter, please list both, e,g, "Smith, Sum & Aut 2013." Please email the statement as an attachment to Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following are our preferred formats in order of preference:- Adobe .pdf sent as an attachment to email to Stacy Markman. This method is strongly encouraged. - Fax: 206-543-1273.
- Plain text copy of your transcript emailed to Stacy Markman.
3) PERSONAL STATEMENT
Not required for UW undergrads in Spring and Autumn Quarters (unless applying for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**). All students applying for a summer course, and all students applying for spring or autumn except UW undergraduates, please provide a statement of approximately one page which describes how this 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. Please list in the email subject line the student's last name and the FHL academic quarter. Please email the statement an attachment to Stacy Markman at email@example.com.
4) LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Not required for UW undergrads in Spring and Autumn Quarters (unless applying for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment for an FHL research apprenticeship - see NOTE below**). Please provide one or two letters of recommendation from faculty member(s) who are familiar with your work. Letters should be emailed directly from the writer to Stacy Markman. The emailed letters should have the student's last name in the subject line.
This request form is required if requesting financial aid from Friday Harbor Laboratories.
The Financial Aid Request Form is available in either Excel or .pdf format. 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 to Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, at Stacy Markman. If you do not have Excel, you can download a pdf version of the form, then fax it to 206-543-1273. Forms submitted by email should include in the subject line the student's last name and the academic quarter at FHL to which they are applying, e.g., "Smith, Summer 2013."
NOTE: UW-matriculated undergraduates participating in an FHL Research Apprenticeship or FHL Research Experience MAY be eligible for funding from the Mary Gates Endowment (MGE) for Students ($3000 for a 15-credit apprenticeship, $1200 for a 6-credit research experience). FHL staff will request MGE funds on behalf of eligible students; this does not require additional action from the student. 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. 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 a Financial Aid Request Form should be prepared, although additional aid from FHL for these students will only be considered in exceptional cases.
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.
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The financial Aid Statement should be emailed to Stacy Markman. Your statement should be specific in describing and enumerating your financial constraints.
LIST THE FOLLOWING THREE ITEMS IF YOU SUBMIT A FINANCIAL AID REQUEST. Please be as brief and specific as possible: The type and amount of expenses you anticipate during the time you will be attending FHL. You may list tuition, room and board, airfare, and possibly rent you must pay in another location if, for example, you cannot find someone to sublet (most applicants are able to sublet!). All sources and amounts of income and other support, including scholarships, fellowships, support from your home department or advisor, and other financial aid you expect to receive during the time you will be at FHL. You should also include the amount available to you from private support, e.g., from family, salary earnings, other income, or from savings. The amount of financial aid from FHL you are requesting to meet any financial shortfalls. You should specify a minimum amount of financial aid from FHL that you feel is required in order for you to participate in the FHL course or apprenticeship.
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.
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 February 15. Please go to the following link for information about how to apply: the Libbie Hyman Fellowship.
Action on admission 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.
For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-616-0753.
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