Frequently Asked Questions for SIP Applicants (and Parents)
A student also shouldn’t apply to SIP if her/his primary goal is to win a science fair competition. We are looking for students who want the experience of research immersion, not just the recognition of prizes.
Can all SIP interns submit papers to the Siemens Competition and/or Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search?
In addition, SIP interns will need to obtain approval from their research mentors before making plans to submit papers to any science competitions.
Should I contact prospective SIP mentors (UCSC faculty, staff, post-docs, and PhD students) before I have applied or been admitted to the program?
One special consideration for the Regeneron (formerly Intel) Science Talent Search is that they limit eligibility to individuals, not “student teams.” Many SIP projects are collaborative, just like the research projects of professional scientists. SIP aims to provide a genuine research experience, which means that interns may well work as part of a team that includes other SIP interns. If so, that project will likely not be eligible for the Regeneron Science Talent Search.