Application Guidelines

Before Applying:

  • Review the program requirements.
  • You must be fully available during the dates of the entire program 
  • Review these guidelines before you begin your application.


An unofficial transcript is acceptable


  • One page maximum length.
  • You may wish to include academic awards and honors, including honors projects, independent research experiences, publications and presentations, volunteer and extracurricular experience, internships and work experience, and membership in professional and academic organizations.

Statement of Purpose

  • One page explanation of how participation in this summer research program will advance your academic and career goals for attending graduate school.
  • Specifically, address how research fits into your goals.

Application Form

  • Academic, demographic and contact information.
  • Research Experience: List relevant research experiences. Include the title of the project, your specific responsibilities and role, length of experience, supervisor, and location.

Provide contact information for the faculty mentor or Principal Investigator sponsoring your research proposal. You will certify that you developed this proposal with your mentor’s input.

Letter of Support

You should ask for a letter of support from a faculty member who knows you well and is able to comment on the below points.

Provide a copy of these guidelines to your mentor to ensure he/she/they understands the program’s schedule and commitments. Your mentor will be better able to write a strong, supportive letter if he/she/they is familiar with your laboratory performance, work ethic, academic background and intended career path. If your mentor has applied for extramural funding or a supplement that might support your work, have him/her/them mention this in the letter.

We strongly encourage all eligible mentors to apply for supplements. If there are things you wish to address that don’t “fit” anywhere else in the application, let your letter writer know. It is your responsibility to confirm with your faculty mentor that the letter has been submitted by the deadline.


Before you submit the application, contact Dr. James to ensure that the faculty member you would like to work with is committed to the summer research program.

  • All nominations and applications, including supporting materials should be uploaded using SLATE.
  • This is the application start page.
  • Log in using your net ID and password –or– set up an account with SLATE first and then log in.

There is a drop-down box where you indicate the program to which you wish to apply. Make sure you choose the LGS-SOAR application. Non-Emory students: choose "without proposal"

Select the application from the drop-down box and follow the upload fields. The application will not let you proceed until you upload all the necessary materials. You will need to upload the nomination and application items as pdf files.

If it seems a little confusing, here is a pdf file with detailed instructions, including a couple of screen shots to help you navigate the application.