Question: Who is eligible to apply?
Answer: YU undergraduates majoring in any of the sciences and having completed (by June 2015) at least 2 years of college level course work can apply. While each application will be evaluated, preference will be given to students with some previous research experience and who are further along in their college career.
Question: How will the assignment to research groups be made?
Answer: If a student's credentials are strong enough to be accepted into the program, the faculty member indicated as the student's first choice will be asked to host the student. If that match cannot be made, then the #2 choice will be explored, etc. The exact nature of the research project and the degree to which the student will be independent in the lab will be the subject of discussion between each student and their faculty supervisor.
Question: What is a typical day's/week's schedule?
Answer: Breakfast will be provided at Gruss. Bus transportation will leave Gruss each morning (Sunday through Thursday) at ~8:00 and leave BIU to return to Gruss at ~5:15 PM. Students are responsible for their own lunches and snacks. Evenings, as well as Fridays and Shabbat are, in general, free. Program staff will be happy to help students arrange for home hospitality for Shabbatot. For the first and last Shabbatot of the program we will be hosting shabbatonim at Gruss. All participants are expected to join us for these two events.
Question: Please provide some additional details of the logistics and finances of the program.
Answer: The program will reflect the religious nature of both YU and BIU. Dormitory arrangements for men and women are separate with no visitations of men in the women's dorm or vice versa. Shabbat and Kashrut will be observed. Minyanim for tefilla betzibur will be available and the Gruss Beit Medrash is open to students in the evenings. Our staff will help students who are interested in setting up chavrutot during time not designated for research activities. Evening lectures and shiurim will be planned once the program begins so as to reflect the interests and preferences of the participants.
Students will make their own arrangements for travel to/from Israel. The dorms will be available for occupancy as of Monday June 22 and dorm rooms will have to be vacated by Thursday August 6. The dorms include coin-operated laundry facilities and students are expected to deal with their own laundry. Students will be expected to provide their own sheets and linens. Limited general housekeeping services will be provided by the dorm. BIU will arrange for insurance for mishaps related to research activities. Students are expected to arrange their own travel insurance and medical insurance. We will arrange for group rates for both cell phones and insurance, but they will be at the students' expense.
Question: Can the summer research count towards course credit?
Answer: YC and SCW students must register at YC/SCW for one credit of independent study. Other schools leave it up to the students, and in cases where the student wants credit, we will provide documentation of program participation and a program description. The final powerpoint from the research symposium is usually sufficient. Internal charges for registering for independent research credit vary from school to school and it is the responsibility of each participant to deal with such issues on his/her own.