SPUR Student Application

Acceptance is highly competitive and applicants must complete the application process by the deadline to be considered.

The 2019 SPUR student application will open on November 1, 2018.


Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be a matriculated, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the Fall 2019 semester (beginning or continuing college career in Fall 2019 and not graduating before December 2019; concurrent enrollment while in high school does not meet this eligibility requirement). Applicants do not need to be a University of Utah student.
  • eligible to work in the United States (If you are a Dreamer (with or without DACA), you are eligible to participate. For more information, please contact Megan Shannahan, SPUR Coordinator, at megan.shannahan@utah.edu or 801-581-2478.)
  • able to commit to approximately 35-40 hours per week of employment at the University of Utah during the duration of the program (May 22-August 1, 2019)
  • at least 18 years old by May 21, 2019 (required if you wish to use on-campus housing; preferred if you will not be using on-campus housing)

Please note that no previous college coursework or previous research experience is required. 

Application Procedures

  1. Review list of available projects (will be available on November 1). Think about which projects you would like to officially apply to through the application form.
  2. Complete the online application form and submit by the application deadline (the form must be completed in one sitting – you cannot save your progress and return to it later). The application form includes the following sections:
    • Your contact information
    • Optional demographic information
    • Academic information
    • Personal statement: In approximately 500 words or less (3,500 characters), please describe your reason for applying to SPUR (for example, how your participation in SPUR would contribute to your educational/professional goals), the research you are interested in conducting, any technical skills you possess, any previous research experience, and what you hope to gain from this program.
    • Project list: indicate up to three available projects to which you are applying
    • Resume/CV (Uploaded via the form. Must be .pdf.)
    • Transcript (Uploaded via the form. Make sure the institution name appears on the transcript. If you have not completed any college work, please upload your high school transcripts. Must be a .pdf.)
    • Two letters of recommendation (Uploaded by recommenders by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (a link is sent to them via email once you submit your application)). Preferably, letters of recommendation are written by faculty members who can attest to your suitability for research, motivation, and classroom performance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure the recommenders receive the link and submit their letters on time.
    • Application conditions
    • Application certification
  3. Once the application is submitted, you should receive a confirmation email to the email address provided in the form. If you do not receive the email within a few minutes, and it is not in your junk/spam folder, please email our@utah.edu to confirm that we have record of the correct email address.
  4. After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  5. Accepted and waitlisted applicants will receive notification of the Selection Committee’s decision via email in early to mid-March. Final notifications will be sent to remaining applicants at the beginning of April.