How to Apply

Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP)

Montclair State University now offers science majors the chance to be immersed in research during their junior and senior years. Students in this unique CSAM program, known as the Science Honors Innovation Program, or SHIP have the opportunity to apply for (i) financial support towards their research and (ii) travel award to present their work at local, national or even international conferences and (iii) summer stipend award. 

What is SHIP?

SHIP students will perform original research, present their research at a national or international meetings and write up their work as a senior thesis. The thesis will be developed so that it may be submitted for peer-reviewed publication. As a SHIP student you will have a faculty mentor to help guide your research, to introduce you to the research community in your field of study and to prepare you to be competitive in applying for graduate schools, awards and fellowships. SHIP students will also enjoy special seminars and opportunities to meet and interact with research groups and to visit laboratories on campus and in the NYC metro area.

SHIP is made possible by generous gifts from the Merck, Roche and Celgene corporations.

SHIP is definitely for me! Am I in automatically?

Admission into the SHIP program is competitive and will be based on academic performance, reference letters and interest in pursuing research as presented in your SHIP Application. We are recruiting up to fifteen new SHIP students to begin in Fall 2016. You must be a major in any one of the CSAM disciplines and plan to be at MSU for two years after acceptance into SHIP. Students in any MSU three year program are not able to participate in this program.

How do I Apply?

To apply, you will need to provide us the following:

  1. A letter of application which includes
    1. Your personal information
    2. A personal statement describing your interest in the program and what your professional aspirations are (less than 200 words)
    3. A research proposal describing what scientific problem you would like to research(less than 800 words). Identify who your faculty mentor is likely to be and consult with them before you write the proposal
  2. Copies of all college transcripts (high school transcript not required)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can address your future potential. One of these letters must be from your SHIP research mentor.

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