Applications are officially open for the 2019 Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa. The fall break is a perfect time to work on your materials, so here are 6 quick tips for making your application the best it can be!
- Once you’ve started your application, write down your username and password! The $75 application fee applies for each application account you start on the portal, so be sure you can log back in when it’s time to finish your application later.
- Contact your references now! The application requires two references from you: First, the academic reference, which should come from a teacher who can speak to your abilities in your desired research fields; Second, the character reference, which should come from a mentor who can speak to your character and maturity as a person. We define mentor broadly. Past applicants have chosen teachers, coaches, counselors, pastors, rabbis, etc. Just make sure that your mentor is not a friend or family member. Once your teacher and mentor have agree to provide references on your behalf, enter their email addresses into the appropriate field in your application. We will then email them a few short questions. They have until February 1st to send us their responses. Late references cannot be accepted, and it’s your responsibility to follow up and ensure that your references respond on time.
- Start your essays now! We ask for two separate pieces of writing from you: First, a 750-word essay describing your research interests and background; And second, a 750-word essay explaining why SSTP is a good fit for you. We recommend writing and editing your essays in a separate document and pasting them into the application platform once you’re satisfied with your work. Please bear in mind that the essay fields in the online platform will save your essays as plain text, meaning that your formatting will not be kept.
- Carefully consider your desired research areas. In the application, we will ask you for top three research areas, and we include a list of research areas that other SSTP students have used in the past. If you do not see your desired field, that’s fine! You may write in research areas that we have not listed. If you’re not sure what’s available, be sure to check out our virtual poster session on the SSTP website, where you can view past students’ work. Although not every research area you see there will necessarily be available in 2019, what you see can give you a good idea of the kind of research that students have been able to do in the past.
- You may only submit one set of test scores. We recommend the SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN, but if you have not taken one of those four tests, you may also submit state-administered standardized test scores. Since you may only submit one set of scores, we strongly advise against submitting SATII subject test scores. If you are a non-native speaker of English, no problem! You do not have to submit TOEFLs scores or any other proof of English ability. Your English results from the SAT, ACT, etc., will suffice.
- Review the costs of the program. For students applying from within the US, the total costs will add up to $6,270. US students may also apply for financial aid within the online application platform. For students applying from outside the US, however, no financial aid may be awarded. Additionally, students applying from outside the US must pay an additional $550 fee to cover the costs of insurance and two additional nights of room and board, bringing the total costs of the program for international students to $6820.
- When you’re done, save your application and leave it is as! There’s no “submit button.” Whatever you have on your application as of February 1st will be what we use to make admission decisions. Until February 1st, you may return to your application and make edits as often as you like. Applications are considered on a non-rolling basis, so there are no advantages to finishing early other than peace of mind and the assurance that your application is complete. You will be able to see at-a-glance what sections still need your attention using the little red lights. Once they all have turned green, you’re all set.
If you have any questions, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. During times of high inquiry volume, it may take us up to two business days to respond to your email, so please contact us sooner rather than later to ensure that you receive your response in a timely manner.
We look forward to seeing your application!
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It’s not too late…but the clock is ticking!
Applications are still being accepted for the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy for students beginning their studies this fall. If you are a 10th or 11th grader looking to leap forward into the excitement of university life, go to www.belinblank.org/academy or visit our blog at www.academyatiowa.org .
The Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy is an early college entrance program at the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. Since 1999, we have provided an opportunity for high school students who are academically gifted to skip their final years of high school and head straight to college. We offer an enriched academic and social community for young students as they transition to university life.
Are you ready? Whether you are in eighth, ninth, or tenth grade in high school, our information days are designed to give you the information you need to decide whether applying for early entrance is right for you. Come to one of our Information Days to learn more about our program, the University of Iowa campus, and the Iowa City community. This is a great way to experience what being a student at the University of Iowa is like – eat where our students eat, visit where our students live and study, and have your questions answered about our program and the University of Iowa. Our fall dates are Friday, October 7 and Friday, November 11. Go to www.belinblank.org/academy for more information.
Our University Programs students recently visited local favorite Fired Up! to paint some pottery and hang out.
We recently spotted ITP alum Julius Carter on The Today Show!
Check out the performance:
China Scholars Program (CSP) students attend a graduation reception at the Belin-Blank Center with their families. Twelve students graduated this year and most plan to attend graduate school in the US. We wish them all the best!
Congratulations CSP Graduates!
Susan Assouline and Jan Warren congratulate a graduate.
Jan Warren, Susan Assouline and graduate student Jiaju Wu welcome the students and families.
Our 2015 CSP graduates and their parents.
Susan Assouline and Jan Warren congratulate a graduate.
Jan Warren, Assistant Director for Student Services, recently attended the National Consortium of Early College Entrance Programs (NCECEP) in Los Angeles. Directors of several early-entrance programs are pictured, along with several students in the Early Entrance Program (EEP) at California State University, Los Angeles. The NAASE program at the Belin-Blank Center is a founding member of the Consortium.
Breonna Carroll is an Iowa Talent Project (ITP) student and is a photojournalism major and is also earning a Global Health Certificate. She recently finished her international requirements through the MHIRT program this summer and has been selected to present her photographic work and research at an art show in April. If you are interested in the environmental and health efforts in Africa, you won’t want to miss this event.
As I sat scrunched in a rickety minivan traveling down an unmarked dirt road I saw the main Gambian dump site. For the first time in my life I silently watched as mothers, children and men scrupulously scavenged through plumes of smoke and refuse lumped together like mini volcanoes. All were diligently focused on finding a shiny reward of metal to turn into a pot, a spoon or tourist jewelry; anything that would turn into money. As a 20 year old African American who had never seen a dump site besides the one in Toy Story 3 I was completely baffled that an entire community was un-begrudgingly living with the suffocating stench of burning refuse. Why weren’t the people up in arms, pounding on their president’s door? I was sure I could rally a group of concerned citizens to flood the streets ready to clean. Not one thing was picked up.
Instead, for three months I listened. At the end the only thing that I had rallied together was the realization that in order for my concerns to be answered I must ask if they are the concerns of those whom they would most impact. It is not my job to tell people what they need, it is to help them see they have the capability to make a change.
The Gambian government has made major strides in providing its citizens with free or affordable healthcare. However, it is now time to focus on cleaning up the environment so that Gambian residents benefit fully from their government’s efforts. This is a brief visual documentation of the triumphs and shortcomings of a nation that deserves better. Through my lens I hope to tell the story of an emergent people who are strong and intelligent, but are also desperately in need of a solution.
Members of the National Consortium of Early College Entrance Programs met recently at the Belin-Blank Center for their annual meeting. Directors from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS), Clarkson School, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Robinson Center for Young Scholars at The University of Washington, Early College Mary Baldwin-Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, Early Entrance Program at Cal State University-LA, and our own Jan Warren from the National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (NAASE) attended.
Our annual trip to the apple orchard was rained out, but our University Programs students had a great time bowling instead!
Some of our University Programs students (both NAASE and ITP) recently took a trip to Chicago. UP graduate assistants Alex Wenger and Amanda Berns chaperoned and took some fantastic pictures!
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