Who is eligible to apply?
All registered Hopkins undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors) in good academic standing (not on academic probation or suspension) are eligible. HOUR especially encourages applications from students from underserved backgrounds (e.g. first-generation students, low-income backgrounds), students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and/or those who may not have previously had an opportunity for a research experience. This program is NOT open to post-bac students (students that have just graduated prior to the summer of the program).
How many professors can I pick?
Students can select no more than 3 professors (in no particular ranking order) of interest. They do not need to be related to your major/ minor. If you are only interested in working with a specific professor, only select that one!
What is required to apply?
- Basic information for the online application [name, JHU email, cell number, anticipated year of graduation, campus and permanent addresses, major(s), and demographic information]
- Your current resume/ CV. Note: HOUR staff is happy to review your resume/ CV and provide feedback and guidance.
- A Personal Statement/s
- Format: single page, ½“ margins, single or double spaced, sans serif font (like Arial or Calibri).
- As you may select up to 3 BDPs of interest, you can submit up to 3 targeted letters toward each faculty or a single generic letter for all faculty to review.
- Your personal statement should be you ‘selling you’ to the faculty: Why are you excited about this project and/or faculty member? What do you hope to get out of the opportunity? Is there anything special you are bringing to the project?
- Note: HOUR staff is happy to review your statement/s and provide feedback and guidance.
Can I apply to and or receive HOUR opportunities more than once?
Yes, you are encouraged to continue to apply to our programs throughout your undergraduate career at Hopkins. Projects evolve, interests change and HOUR wants to encourage your exploration. In the case of “tied” review scores in an individual program cycle, preference will be given to students that have not previously received funding through HOUR programs.
Note: If you apply to Summer PURA, BDP Summer Program and CIRCUIT for the current summer, you may only participate in one. All require your full time commitment and cannot be done concurrently.
What is the time commitment?
BDP awardees are expected to work full-time (35-40 hours per week, as determined by the standard operations of the host BDP and project team) for a 10-week period over summer (generally June 1 – Aug 15, but flexible to accommodate needs of mentor and awardee).
Is there a formal product due at the end of the project?
Yes, all HOUR program recipients are expected to present their project at DREAMS (occurring in the Fall and Spring semesters) or another HOUR approved presentation event. Projects can be in many formats. See the DREAMS page for examples. This presentation should occur within one academic year after the award period is complete. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis after the recipient contacts the HOUR office about a conflict.