ECS Online Application Form
***Before completing this application, please read our application guidelines very carefully! See link below.***

DEADLINE: February 28th

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs. For more information, answers to additional questions, or help with the application process, please visit our website at or contact us by email at

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+ Cumulative GPA, expected grad date, major, and class standing (Fr, So, Jr, Sr) (required)

+ Personal Statement (required)
An essay (about 250 - 500 words) that describes your background, previous experiences in science or research, and career goals. For tips on preparing the personal statement go to the following link:

+ Letter(s) of Recommendation (required)
 Names of 1-2 professors for Letters of Recommendation, one is preferably from a STEM or psychology professor. They should email the letter to

+ List of applications to off-island summer programs (not required but highly recommended)
If you need help finding an off-island summer research program, we recommend attending our "How to find summer programs" workshop (date, time and place to be announced). You can also search the Classifieds on this link: or Google search NSF REU or go to
Although not required, we strongly encourage you to apply to several external summer research opportunities. These programs provide a rich research experience and give students the opportunity to spend the summer off-island working productively. Most programs provide funding for travel, stipends, meals, and housing. Create a list with the names of the off-island summer research programs to which you have already applied for or are planning to apply for in the future.

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Student Information
First Name *
Middle Name
Last Name *
UVI Student ID Number *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Citizenship *
Ethnicity (optional)
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Primary Email *
Enter an email you check frequently. We will be sending all notifications via email.
Cell Phone Number *
Mailing Address (Street/PO Box, City, State, Zip Code) *
Describe your swimming ability. *
Include any certifications, scuba, diving,  and/or snorkeling experience.
Current vaccination status *
This info will be kept confidential and is only used to determine placement (either virtual or in person)
Current Class Standing *
Major *
Current Degree Pursued *
Enrollment Status *
Current Campus Attending *
Do you currently live on campus? *
Planned Campus for next Fall Semester *
Expected Graduation Date *
Cumulative GPA (grade point average) *
Which program(s) are you most interested in? *
List any off-island summer research programs you applied to or are planning to apply for in the future. If none, indicate you did not apply to any external programs. *
Briefly describe what type of experience you are interested in for this summer at UVI (Ex: ‘I would like to do some field work.’ or ‘I would like to do anything involving mathematics.' *
What is the highest degree you are interested in? *
For more info on the types of degrees go to:
References for Letter(s) of Recommendation
Include the names of at least one of your professors (2 is preferred) who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. A letter from a STEM or psychology professor is preferred. Please ask them to send letters by email to
Name of First Reference *
Name of Second Reference
Personal Statement
Your personal statement  should be an essay about 250 to 500 words that describes your background, previous experiences in science and/or research, and your career goals.
Copy and paste your personal statement below. *
How did you learn about our programs? *
Please read the following statement carefully.
TRANSCRIPT - By submitting this application, you agree to give permission to the ECS Selection Committee to review your academic transcript. You may be contacted for an interview with one of our ECS Selection Committee Members.

In addition, please be aware that if selected for a summer program you will be required to be available to participate full-time the entire duration of the program. You should have no external commitments or other jobs during this time. Furthermore, you certify that the information provided on this form is up to date and accurate.
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