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. This unique new CSAM program, known as the Science Honors Innovation Program, or SHIP, supports each student's research with an award of up to $5500 for research expenses, plus a summer stipend of $3000 and up to $2000 additional funding for travel.

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 twelve new SHIP students to begin in Fall 2015. You must be a major in any one of the CSAM disciplines. 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 send us the following:

  1. A letter of application describing your interest and qualifications for the program. Be sure to include what scientific problem you would like to research and what your professional aspirations are. Please identify who your faculty mentor is likely to be. Finally, include a single short "budget" paragraph describing how you may use the funding, if awarded; you need not be too detailed and you may, optionally, have a faculty mentor include this information in his/her recommendation letter. Your letter of application should be no longer than 1000 words.
  2. Copies of all college transcripts (optional: high school transcript)
  3. A short statement or resume describing your extracurricular and work activities.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can address your future potential. At least one letter must be from a University faculty member.

Send all materials to:

CSAM SHIP – Richardson Hall 266
College of Science and Mathematics
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043 USA

You may also e-mail items 1,2 and 3 as a single PDF file to:

Please do not forget to include the following in your application:

  • your full name
  • address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • CWID

Recommendation letters should be sent seprately to the same address or e-mail above.

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