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Summer Intership REUs, SURP, AMGEN, etc competitiveness

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davethebarbarian

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Sophomore currently with a 3.83 GPA. I screwed up my first semester with a 3.66 but the past 2 semesters I've gotten a 4.0. I also have had 3 research experiences since high school with a few papers being published this year, but did not do any research this semester at my old lab (may change labs). Am I competitive for summer internships this year? I got rejected last year as a freshmen to all 20 apps around the US so I just volunteered in my area, which was totally worth it but my parents will not fund my summer this year! I also go to a Canadian University but am a permanent resident of United States and grew up in the US.
 
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Acceptance into a summer research program is a total crapshoot. There is no way to really assess your competitiveness since there are so many programs that look for different things. Anecdotally speaking, there were people in my Amgen cohort last year with a 3.2 GPA and zero research experience.
 
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+1 on total crapshoot. Better off finding a PI/lab on ur campus as plan B and having a more longitudinal research experience
I'm sure your UG has stipends/housing programs etc
 
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