Nominating your Students

Teachers together with the administrative team from their respective schools will determine process for selecting a maximum of three candidates for application to the Voelcker Academy. Each school team is required to submit a form that will include a description of the criteria utilized to select their applicant candidates. This document is to be submitted with the applicant candidate names. Name submissions will not be accepted without the Criteria for Nominees Selection Form. Disclosure of the nominee selection process is to ensure transparency and to avoid any conflicts of interest; such as familial relationships between nominees and members of the selection committee. Students whose names are submitted by each school will be given access to an electronic application link where they will complete the application documents online. Paper applications will not be accepted. The final cohort of students will be selected from those applicants that are invited to interview. If you have any further questions or are in need of the Nomination Form, please email laporte@uthscsa.edu directly.

Key Application Dates

Dates (Updated)Application Process
October 12, 2020 through January 25, 2021
Schools select candidates
January 26th, 5:00 pmDeadline for schools to submit the names of up to three candidates and their email addresses to laporte@uthscsa.edu via TYPED nomination form
January 29, 2021Candidate Applicants recommended by their schools are provided link to application
February 26, 2021, 11:59 pmDeadline for completion of the online application by individual students
Week of April 5thVirtual Interviews
April 30, 2021Final selection of Class of Summer 2021

Recommended Candidate Selection Criteria

Please consider the following when selecting your school’s candidates

  • Age requirement: 15 years old by June 15, 2021
  • Classification: Freshman in the 2020-2021 school year
  • Academic performance: 90% or higher in math, science and English or a grade of 85% or better if the applicant is enrolled in an honors or pre-AP course
  • Potential for two year commitment to program: This is a 3 year program, running for 7 weeks in the summer (Monday-Friday), with an average 5-8 hour/day. Voelcker Scholars are also invited to activities scheduled during the academic school year and are expected to make every effort to attend. As the conclusion of the entire program, students present their work at an award reception. Each summer, participants receive a monetary scholar award.
  • Parental permission for participation in the Academy is required, as is parental involvement and attendance at orientation and reception events
  • Ability to provide the following:
    • Student Essay
    • Current Official Transcript to be uploaded to the application platform by applicant
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation with at least one being from a science teacher

Please share this information with others at your school who might be able to also participate in this process. Thank-you for your assistance in identifying the best candidates for consideration of admission into the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy Class of Summer 2021!

*Please note that the Cohort of 2021 may begin with a virtual experience due to the COVID-19 precautions.