PROGRAM DETAILS:The next TRIP course will be held at William Tennent High School in Warminster, PA on Saturdays from January 26, 2019 through April 13, 2019 (12 weeks). After the in-lab portion of the course concludes, students will present their work at a scientific symposium on Saturday April 27, 2019. Two sessions of the program will be offered where Session A is from 8:30 am-1:30 pm and Session B is from 12-5 pm. Up to 8 students will be enrolled in each session. (Note: both sessions overlap from 12-1:30 pm.)
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:1. Students must be currently enrolled in grade 9-12. 2. Completion of at least one high school Biology or Chemistry course is preferred, but not required. * Extra help is available for those students without previous coursework.3. Students must commit to attend ALL days of the program in either Session A or B.4. Parents/Guardians must confirm and agree to the attendance policy.
TO APPLY:All application materials are due 11:59 pm on Monday October 29, 2018.
To apply to the next session of TRIP Initiative, complete this online application and have THREE letters of recommendation and a school transcript submitted on your behalf (directions are listed below).
Supporting materials: All supporting materials can be submitted by the letter writers or high school counselors here: https://goo.gl/forms/SsZThIlJ7cGaJ9jG2. One letter of recommendation should come from your science teacher, (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), while others can come from, but are not limited to, the following individuals: High school administrator (Assistant Principal, Principal, etc.), high school teacher (math, science, English, art, etc.), coach, minister or clergyman from your place of worship, and supervisor from a current/previous job, club or volunteer position. Letters should: 1) state the length and capacity that the recommender has known the applicant, and 2) contain an assessment of the applicant’s strengths and weakness with specific examples that support participation in the TRIP program. If applicable, letters should be written on official school letterhead. If your writers have trouble submitting documents through the online form, documents may also be submitted directly to Dr. Amanda Purdy at email@example.com by 11:59 pm on Monday October 29, 2018.
***When requesting a letter of recommendation, please COPY and PASTE the above information into your request and give your letter writers a MINIMUM of three weeks to complete your letter.***
Applications will be reviewed by a panel of program staff and alumni in November 2018. Following review, qualifying applicants will interview with program staff in December 2018 with final decisions made in early January 2019.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION:We are looking for motivated and curious applicants that can think and express themselves logically. You don't have to have a high GPA, previously lab experience or be a superstar...just be you. Be sure to use your answers to tell us who you are.
It is recommended to take your time to answer each of the following questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. You will be compared to all other applicants based upon the answers given here...make sure we learn about who YOU are and what you are interested in. Don't BS your way through the answers or give the answer you think we want to read.
Incomplete sentences, spelling errors and poorly thought-out responses will NEGATIVELY affect the review of your application. Therefore, to prevent mistakes, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to compose your answers in a word processing program, and then paste them into this application. Be sure to have your parents, high school counselor or mentor read through your application PRIOR to submission.
Use the 250 word limit! Don't miss an opportunity to tell us about yourself.
Please direct all questions to Dr. Amanda Purdy at firstname.lastname@example.org.