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REACH Student Applicants

Hope will not be accepting open applications for the 2013 REACH program. Alternatively, we will be offering several research academies during the summer for high school students and teachers interested in science and math. Check back soon for these summer offerings. Thanks for your interest!

Do you like doing science experiments? Do you enjoy solving tough math problems?
Are you interested in exploring the life of a scientist or mathematician?
Are you curious about college? Are you looking for a challenging and fun summer job?
If so…then the REACH Program for Students may be perfect for you!

Hands on research with Hope professors and students.

Live at home, but spend your days on Hope’s campus.


Earn $ for your research.  

All students are encouraged to apply.

Students from underrepresented groups will be given preference for half of the positions.

2013 Student Application Process

Application Process:
1. Complete the Application Form.

2. Write a 1-2 page statement explaining why you'd like to be considered for the REACH program and how it would help you move toward your future goals. As part of your statement, please explicitly address the following questions:

a. What do you want to do after you complete high school?
b. What do you hope to learn from this summer research experience?
c. Review the Project Descriptions Page on the REACH website and briefly describe the type(s) of research project that appeals to you and why.
d. Describe an experience you've had that included people from diverse ethnic or racial backgrounds (i.e.,school projects, summer camps, work experience).

While not required, you might include a description of any work, class, or personal experiences (jobs, reading interests, course work, class projects, etc.) that have prepared you to do research.

3. Supply your most recent high school transcript.

4. Please e-mail, fax, or mail your application form, statement and transcript to the address below. If mailing, please do not staple any of the documents.

5.. Request a letter of recommendation from one of your science or math teachers. The letter should specifically address: a) your potential for scientific research, and b) personality traits or social skills that suit you to successfully work closely with others. The letter may be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to:

REACH Applications
Karen Nordell Pearson (Director)
Hope College
Office of the Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences

Holland, MI 49422-9000
Fax: 616.395.7923

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to have research experience?
A: No!  This is supposed to be a learning experience! 

Q: Do I get to pick what research project I’ll be working on?
A: We will provide a list of potential projects and want to know your preferences. We will do our best to match you with one of your top choices.

Q: Will I be doing research 8 hours a day, 5 days a week?
A: While research will be your main activity, there are also a lot of fun and interesting group activities that take place, including a field trip, lab tours, seminars, and luncheons.

Q: So I don’t live in the dorms?
A: No, you will be on campus Monday through Friday during the day, but you live at home and can make other plans for your nights and weekends.

Q: Sure I get paid, but why else would I want to do research all summer?
A: You’ll gain college-level research experience, see what it’s like to be on a college campus, learn about potential career opportunities in the sciences, make new friends, and have a lot of fun!


High School Student Eligibility Requirements

1. High school students from the Holland area who are currently sophomores and who will have completed their sophomore year of high school at the start of summer (Rising Juniors) or who are currently Juniors and who will have completed their Junior year at the start of summer (Rising Seniors) are eligible to apply to the REACH Program. Other high school students are welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to students who meet the above requirements.

2. Students must be available for the entire 6-week research period to be eligible to apply for the REACH program.

3. Students who have participated in the REACH program in the past are welcome to apply again. They will not, however, be given special consideration over the other applicants during the selection process because they have participated in the program before.

4. While all students who meet the above eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply, students from underrepresented groups will be given preference for at least half of the positions.




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