Only 35 participants can be accepted each year, and we usually impose a limit of one participant from a given laboratory per year. Successful applicants are typically graduate students, medical students, postdocs, medical residents/fellows, PhD-level research scientists, or faculty. We do not ordinarily accept individuals who have not yet entered into a PhD program (e.g., undergraduates and BA-level research assistants). We usually receive 120-150 applications per year, so we are able to offer admission to only 20-25% of applicants.
Our primary criterion in selecting participants for the boot camp is the likelihood that an individual will go on to conduct and publish important research with the ERP technique. We therefore consider factors such as your prior publication record, your previous training, the nature of the questions you plan to address with ERPs, and whether you have easy access to an ERP recording system. We also try to achieve a balance of basic and clinical/translational research interests, and we are committed to racial/ethnic diversity and gender equity.
The UC-Davis ERP Boot Camp provides a deep exploration of ERPs, not a superficial overview. We therefore expect that pre-faculty participants (e.g., graduate students, postdocs) have accumulated at least 6 months of intensive experience with ERPs or related techniques prior to applying; this is a minimum, and most pre-faculty individuals who are accepted into the boot camp have substantially more than 6 months of experience. We are more flexible about the level of experience for faculty-level participants.
The application consists of a web form for demographic information, a CV, and a 1-2 page statement of background and interests. A letter of recommendation is also required for all students, postdocs, research assistants, etc. (anyone who is not an independent researcher). A letter of recommendation is not required for faculty applicants. All materials should be submitted in PDF format.
There is no separate application form for scholarships; all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents will automatically receive scholarships. Our funding source does not ordinarily allow us to provide scholarships for international participants.
The application deadline for the 2013 ERP Boot Camp has passed. Notifications will be sent out approximately April 1, 2013. Application information for the 2014 ERP Boot Camp will be available by January 1, 2014.