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College of the Sciences
400 E. University Way
Dean Hall 130
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7519
Phone: 509-963-1866

COTS-SURE Application Form

Be sure you are familiar with all of the eligibility requirements and conditions of the COTS-SURE program before you start the application process.

Application instructions can be downloaded here.

You will be asked to upload several documents prior to submitting your application. This includes your and your faculty mentor's contact information, your preparatory research experience, how your proposal fits into your academic and professional goals, a detailed project description (including hypotheses, research design and methodology, and literature citations) as well as a detailed budget.

An editable pdf of the Budget Itemization and Justification can be found here.


Please include area code
Please indicate quarter and year you expect to graduate.
Enter the name of the department or program within the College of the Sciences in which you will be doing summer research, e.g., American Indian Studies, Chemistry, Political Science.
No earlier than July 1
No later than September 15
Cannot exceed 240 hours.
Cannot exceed $100/40 hours of student work. Do not include dollar sign.
Check all that apply.

Please provide a list of your preparatory coursework and/or experiences. If you are already trained to carry out the project, it should be indicated; otherwise, describe the form of mentoring needed that will occur.

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

Please provide a description of how this research experience would further your academic and/or professional goals (maximum of 1 page).

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

Project Description

(4 pages maximum, but literature citations should NOT be included in this page limit)

Please include the following:

1. Title of your project

2. Goals and Objectives - include a clear statement of the hypotheses being tested or the research problem being explored. (Approximately half a page)

3. Background and Significance (1-1.5 pages)

4. Research Design and Methods - include a timeframe for project completion. (1-2 pages)

5. Literature Cited - must include fully cited, peer-reviewed sources. (May be single-spaced)


Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

6. Completed Budget Form (2 pages, comprised of Budget Itemization and Budget Justification. Please use the downloadable, editable pdf form available here!)

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.

All checkboxes need to be checked in order for an application to be considered for program selection.

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