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Dates of Program:  JUNE 27 - JULY 29, 2022

For summer 2022, the Simons Summer Research Program will offer TWO options/ tracks for participation: 



All programming (e.g. faculty talks, closing symposium) will be conducted in a virtual format.

*Residential campus housing will NOT be available to Simons program participants (summer 2022). 

Students admitted for the IN-PERSON (COMMUTER) option will be required to provide documentation of vaccination status (both COVID vaccine and booster required) before engaging in on-campus work and must follow all University COVID policies (which may include proof of a negative test prior to the start date, surveillance testing, masking, etc.); and must be housed/provide proof of residing with a legal responsible adult (family member, guardian over the age of 18) for the duration of the program. Further details will be provided to accepted students at a later date; vaccine documentation is not required at time of application submission. If an applicant is offered admission to work on an IN-PERSON (COMMUTER) track, the program will require further proof of insurance, waivers regarding liability, permission for use of photographs, etc. from the applicant and their guardian.

All participants in the Simons program (summer '22) in BOTH REMOTE and IN-PERSON (COMMUTER) should expect to commit a minimum of 4 hours per day working remotely on their own and/or with their mentor/research group. Hours may vary and should be agreed upon by consultation with the assigned faculty mentor. 

Guide to applying:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:   Please note all applicants must currently   be in their junior year (11th grade) of high school at the time of applying; must be US citizens and/or permanent residents; and must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the program. (no exceptions to these rules)

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS: Interested eligible applicants should seek nomination from their high school. The designated school nominator/official (typically a science research coordinator/director, guidance counselor or other appropriate contact in the high school) may have additional guidelines/processes for selecting 2 Nominees (maximum) from the school. If you are not certain of the school official/contact handling nominations for your high school (usually a School Research Coordinator, Science Teacher, Guidance Officer), please view our database of high school contacts below:


Should the listings on the above database need to be modified, please have the current HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL contact us ( ) with their information (full name, position, & contact information) so we may update our directory. Schools not represented on this list have likely not previously nominated applicants for the Simons SSRP. We strongly suggest and recommend that only one official at each school (for ex., one science teacher, or guidance counselor) be responsible for nominating students to ensure there are no more than 2 nominees per school. Nomination deadline: FEBRUARY 18, 2022
( We encourage school nominations to be submitted by February 11th if possible.)

ONLINE APPLICATION & TRANSCRIPT UPLOAD:  Before completing the online application components, please confirm with your nominating high school official that you are one of your school's designated nominees for this year's program. Email notifications are NOT sent to nominated students, so please check with your designated high school official to confirm your nomination. All high school nominators will receive an automated confirmation email acknowlegdging their submission after completing the online nomination form. Once confirming with your high school nominator, applicants may begin the online application - which can be found on the FORMS page.  Applicants should be prepared to upload a transcript/grade report (PDF) ( unofficial is acceptable) at the time of submission. Application deadline: FEBRUARY 18, 2022

RECOMMENDATION LETTERS: Applicants are responsible for obtaining recommendation letters from 2 teachers (math/science preferred) from their high school and should follow up to ensure that their letters are submitted by the application deadline: FEBRUARY 18, 2022 . The link to submit letters of recommendation can be found on the FORMS page.

Note: Letters from any previous research supervisors (if applicable) are encouraged. An additional letter of recommendation (optional) from a previous faculty research mentor/laboratory supervisor may be submitted by email directly to:

FACULTY RESEARCH MENTORS:   Applicants will be asked and required to select their top three (3) choices of preferred mentor/areas of research interest on the online aplication . Unfortunately, we are unable to make any substitutions. To view the listing of faculty research mentors available for summer '22 (either remotely or in-person), please visit the link below:


UPDATES (including updated transcripts):
If the transcript submitted with your application does not contain grades for fall 2021, please follow-up with an updated transcript as soon as available to Additionally, should you receive any contingent offers to work in a particular research laboratory (if accepted into the program), please forward any faculty correspondence to Other than these specifics, please do not attempt to submit or send any other supplementary materials that are not requested.

The Simons Summer Research Program is a national, competitive summer research program for 11th grade students. Prior research experience is not a prerequisite for the program.

Applicants must indicate a preferred mentor/area of research interest for summer 2022. Additional admissions procedures (including interviews, by telephone or in person) may be required for placement within certain research groups/labs. Note that obtaining an interview is not an indication of acceptance into the Simons program,  and the program receives far more applications from qualified students than can be accommodated.


February 1, 2022   - forms available (application, letter of recommendation, school nomination form and list of available faculty mentors)

February 11, 2022   - preferred deadline for school nominations (nomination form will still remain active until February 18)

February 18, 2022 - deadline for all application materials (completed application and letter of recommendations)

March 1, 2022 - application acknowledgement confirmation sent to all applicants whom have submitted a complete application

early April 2022   - notification of admissions decision to applicants (via email)

*applicants who have submitted a completed application package can expect to receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of these materials .

Due to the large volume of applications received for this program, late submissions/materials are not accepted.

Percentage of students admitted:
about 8%

Please note that admissions into the Simons program is highly selective and we receive far more applications from qualified students than we can accommodate. 

So we can respond to all inquiries in a timely and efficient manner,  please contact us via email ( if possible.