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SERIS Program Application FAQs 

 

Am I eligible to attend this program?

SERIS is available for any individual with an interest in STEM with 2-3 years left in their undergraduate education at United States universities. This typically means freshman and sophomore students, however, if you are a non-traditional student, meaning you have returned to school with 2-3 years left, you are also encouraged to apply. We are unfortunately unable to provide travel to international students, so they are not eligible. 


What If I do not come from an underrepresented background?

While the SERIS Program aims to primarily empower those from underrepresented communities, we invite applications from any undergraduate student looking to learn about academic engineering research.


What is my STEM GPA?

The STEM GPA is derived from strictly your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Courses. Courses such as Music, History, English, World Languages, and Art should not be used in the calculation of this GPA.


Should I send my updated transcript after completing my Fall semester/quarter to seris-program@lists.stanford.edu?

The SERIS Team understands that some applicants may not have a GPA at their undergraduate institution during the time at which the application is submitted or that applicants may be compelled to send in their Fall 2021 grades after submitting their application. You are welcome to send us your updated 2021 Fall semester/quarter grades however they will most likely not affect our decision in any way and we want to be clear that doing this is entirely optional and not expected from any applicant.


Will I have to pay out-of-pocket for this program?

No! We will either cover or reimburse you for all fees related to this program including Travel, Lodging, Meals, and other misc. costs.


Can I apply as a Junior or Senior?

We are aware that some students may be upperclassmen but may have a couple of years remaining in their undergraduate program. Typically, we will seriously consider applications from applicants that have at least two years left in their undergraduate degree, irrespective of class standing.


What is your selection criteria?

We are looking for talented, academically motivated, serious undergraduate students who have the potential to complete a graduate engineering degree from a top ranked engineering school. We also look for students with the potential to diversify their communities upon graduation from their undergraduate institution.