DoE/SULI acceptances?

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I applied to the DoE Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internships for this summer. I chose PPPL as my first choice and LLNL as my second.
Has anyone heard back from any lab yet? When should I expect to hear back? Thanks!
 

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I was accepted last year and heard back on February 20th, however this was at Fermilab and each lab does things differently.

I also applied again this year and haven't heard back yet :)

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who scours forums waiting to see if anyone has gotten acceptances yet!
 
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I didn't apply for SULI, but I applied for CCI, which is for all practical purposes the same program but for community college students. My first choice lab was Fermilab, and my second choice was SLAC. I haven't heard anything back yet. I'm checking the application status everyday (okay, maybe a few times a day). It still says "Application complete & pending review." I'm getting antsy.
 
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I was accepted last year and heard back on February 20th, however this was at Fermilab and each lab does things differently.
That's the date I've been seeing pop up around the internet, so I guess I'll have to wait for two weeks :(


It still says "Application complete & pending review." I'm getting antsy.
Mine says the same thing! I just want them to review it already!!
 
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That seems to be the date that I keep seeing popping up. I found a thread from 2012 with someone that got an offer from Argonne in the first week of February, so it could be sooner. I keep seeing people who got their offers around the end of February though. I'm guessing it comes out in waves.
 
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I don't know if there is a set date where everyone gets the news at the same time. It might depend on when a candidate is accepted.

When I was a mentor for a SULI student, my student got the acceptance notice quite early since I did my review and selection quickly. So while we had a deadline by which we had to make our selection, the early notice may go out whenever the mentor makes his/her decision.

Zz.
 
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Does anyone know if you hear back even if you are rejected?
 
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That's a very worthwhile question. I assume they'll at least update the application status online.
 
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Does anyone know if the application status is updated if they pass your application along to the sites? Or does it remain as "pending review"? I can't help but get so anxious about this
 
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Pass your application along to the sites? I'm not sure what you mean. I check my application status on the DOE CCI website. Is there another site where the application status can be seen?
 
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The DoE reviews applications first, and then gives the best applications to each site and that's when they decide if you're in. Or so I thought, maybe I'm wrong.
 
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Oh, okay. I see what you're saying. I misunderstood you.

I'm not sure how that works. I'm not sure if the DOE itself even reviews the applications before sending them to the host labs. They obviously check them over to make sure that they're complete and meet eligibility, but I think it's basically decided by the people at the labs to which one has applied.
 
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Oh, okay. I see what you're saying. I misunderstood you.

I'm not sure how that works. I'm not sure if the DOE itself even reviews the applications before sending them to the host labs. They obviously check them over to make sure that they're complete and meet eligibility, but I think it's basically decided by the people at the labs to which one has applied.
 
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Does anyone know if the application status is updated if they pass your application along to the sites? Or does it remain as "pending review"? I can't help but get so anxious about this
It's not. I checked my application status every day until I was accepted. I checked it maybe 5-6 hours before I got the e-mail saying I was accepted, and it said "Pending review". And as soon as I checked after I got the e-mail, my status changed to "Offer pending" or something.

Believe me, I was every bit as anxious last year as you guys were. This year I realized it didn't make a difference.
 
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The anxiety doesn't really accomplish anything. But right now I feel like I've got so much pending. I'm awaiting transfer decisions from a couple of schools, and waiting for a decision on this internship. I'm ready for April to get here. That's when I'll finally have a solid plan for what I'm going to be doing this summer and where I'll be transferring in the fall.

I'm sure I'll receive emails from all of these places as soon as anything changes, but I still can't help checking on all of them every day...lol
 
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I know it doesn't make a difference at all, I'm just anxious. I'm probably going to apply to graduate school in the fall so I want to know where I'll stand at the end of the summer.
 
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I applied to ORNL and ANL. My application status is still pending awaiting review also.
 
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Any updates anyone? I'm getting so anxious D:
 
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Still no response here. I'm getting anxious as well.
 
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Any updates anyone? I'm getting so anxious D:
Nothing here either. Will update if I hear anything.
 
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Just heard back-- I got into Princeton Plasma Physics Lab!!
 
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Congrats!! Are you going to accept?? Has anyone else heard back yet?
 
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Congrats! Let us know what you decide. I still haven't heard anything.
 
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Thanks guys! I am probably going to accept, as I have no other offers at the moment.

My question is, is there more value in a regular REU over a DOE Lab? This lab is basically on Princeton's campus and administered by the university (interns even stay in dorms there), but I don't know if I'll be working with faculty members or not. I'm not sure if having a closer connection to a physics department is better. What do you guys think?
 
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Hello everyone, first post here.
I got into PPPL too! I'm super stoked as it was my top choice(along with UM @ CERN) and was definitely not expecting to get an offer because of my overall GPA. Hopefully I'll see you there Hshc.
From what I've gathered, REUs and SULIs are pretty much equal in value and seem to be a pretty similar experience. Do research for a professor, write a paper, and present your work(usually w/ a poster) at the end. It seems that the better program would depend on what you are able to get out of it, and perhaps the prestige factor, but that varies from program to program anyway. For me, PPPL is the best I could wish for because they are so big in magnetic confinement fusion in the US.

So yeah, you will DEFINITELY work with faculty members. You will be assigned an advisor for your project(whatever they decide to throw you into, ha) and... that's about as far as I know so far!
I'm curious, where else were you hoping to get an offer from?
 

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