Will the program be in person this year?The plan is for research projects to be available for in-person experience, though we will expect all appropriate safety/social distancing requirements recommended to be followed. There may be opportunities for online projects to be completed virtually, but this will depend on whether any mentors submit proposals for online projects.Some of the projects are in Nebraska. Can I rank those projects in my selections if I am a student in Ames?Yes. Nebraska students can come here and Ames students can go there, provided you are prepared to find a place to live in the corresponding location.I'm getting married this summer or I have a vacation/travel abroad experience planned. How much time can I take off?The program runs 13 weeks and we allow one week off. Scheduling is usually between you and your faculty mentor but the program starts about one week after the end of classes in May. If you are going to be gone for three weeks or a month, that isn't compatible with this program. Additionally, all participants must attend Orientation in May and CVM Research Day in August.Do I have to attend Research Day in August to present a poster on my project?YesCan I have a job in addition to being in the program?Iowa State University considers this a full-time job. You need to discuss this with your mentor and probably one of the program coordinators. It might work for some projects and not for others.How much are we paid and how often are we paid?Students receive a stipend in excess of $5,967 for the 13 week program. The stipend is paid in four checks: the end of May for the first two weeks, the end of June and the end of July for those full months; and the first week of August for the last two weeks of the program.I was in the program last year. Can I be in it again?Yes and no. It depends on the source of funds that supported you and/or will support you. The "program" funds are only for one summer. However, if a mentor has his/her own funds, you can be in the program twice.I am already enrolled in a graduate program. Can I be a Summer Scholar?No. The program is designed to give students an opportunity to explore whether a career in a research field might be something that interests them.Is there an exception that participants should be considering a research career?Yes. We ask that you be open to the possibility. Some students become interested in research after this experience. Many do not. Some graduate, go into practice for a few years and then decide to get involved in research areas. Some are not interested in their own project but get excited about other possibilities Consider it an opportunity to explore options. If you have any questions, do no hesitate to contact one of the program coordinators.