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What is meant by rising sophomore, junior, senior?
A rising sophomore is entering their sophomore year in the 2018 fall term. Rising seniors include those entering their senior year in the 2018 fall term or seniors who will be graduating after completing their fall 2018 term.

I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and receive a summer research stipend from the MMUF program.
MMUF students are welcome to apply to the SR-EIP; however, they do not receive a Leadership Alliance stipend or travel reimbursement. The Leadership Alliance will support housing and other program expenses.

If I applied last year, can I log in to my old account using the same username and password?
We have a new application, as of the 2017-2018 application cycle. You must set up a new account and register your username and password this year.

If my registrar offers the option of sending an electronic transcript through an online document delivery service, what email address should I provide?
Official transcripts should be sent to you, the applicant, and then scanned and uploaded as an attachment to your application. Applications with transcripts from the web will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated for placement in SR-EIP.

Must I send a transcript from my previous undergraduate institution?
Yes, if you transferred to your current school, then both transcripts are required. Upload official transcript(s) from all colleges you have attended full-time for at least one semester.

I transferred from a 2-year junior or community college or a 4-year baccalaureate program. Must I upload a transcript from my previous institution?
Yes, if you transferred to your current school, then both transcripts are required. Upload both transcripts even if your current school transcript includes transferred courses. Upload transcripts from schools you attended full-time for at least one semester.

Can I request my official transcript before my Fall 2017 grades are recorded?
Your transcript must include your 2017 final grades. When you make your request to the registrar, be sure that you transcript will include your Fall 2017 grades. Late submission of your transcripts will result in your application not being processed. An exception is made only for undergraduate schools where the semester ends in late January 2018.

My Fall 2017 semester ends in late January 2018. Are my transcripts due February 1?
If your Fall 2017 grades are not finalized on your transcript by February 1, you may submit your transcripts after February 1. Before February 1, 2018, upload a letter notifying us of the delay and include your academic calendar. Then, email your transcript to: theleadershipalliance@brown.edu

I studied abroad in Fall 2017 and my official transcript will not include grades for the Fall semester.
If you studied abroad, submit an official transcript without your Fall 2017 grades. You must also upload a statement describing your study abroad location and courses.

Is there a paper application?
There is no paper application.

Will I be notified when my application is complete?
The dashboard of your online application will indicate when each section is received.

Will my application be considered if it is incomplete?
Your application will not be considered unless it is complete.

Can I select more than three academic institutions for research?
No, you may only select three research sites.

Do I answer both the race and ethnicity question?
We request that you answer both questions. These are federal categories that we will use in describing the diversity of our program. You also have the option of "decline to indicate" for either one or both of these questions.

Can I submit more than two recommendations?
You may only submit two recommendations with your application.

What if my GPA is less than 3.0?
We require a GPA of 3.0 or better. Also given consideration is the level of difficulty of your classes, the comments of your recommenders and your personal statement, including extenuating circumstances that you describe.

Can I select my home institution as an SR-EIP site?
No. The SR-EIP is a summer program of eight to ten weeks' duration and is not intended to be a continuation of research you are already performing at your home institution. You must select three institutions other than your home institution. There are no exceptions.