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  1. BulletMeeting the qualifications

  2. BulletComplete application form

  3. BulletQuality of references

  4. BulletQuality of personal statement

  5. BulletQuality of personal or phone interview

  6. BulletFour students will be selected from SJSU and six from other locations

  1. BulletStudents will be paid $500/week for ten weeks for a total of $5,00 in 2013 and 2014.

  2. BulletStudents will be paid $525/week for ten weeks for a total of $5,250 in 2015 and 2016.

  3. BulletStudents will receive a meal card

  4. BulletResearch supplies and poster materials will be provided by RUMBA

  5. BulletAirfare and housing will be provided for those students recruited outside of Northern California’s Bay Area

Application Process

and Forms

Qualifications: Applicants must meet the following qualifications

Selection Process

Participant Support


  1. BulletBe a U.S. citizen or a naturalized U.S. citizen

  2. BulletBe an undergraduate student (second semester freshman, sophmore, junior or non-graduating senior)

  3. BulletHave a GPA of 3.0 or above

  4. BulletHave completed at least the first year of core Biology and Chemistry major courses before the summer RUMBA program begin (Students enrolled in the second semester of the freshman biology and chemistry core when they are applying to RUMBA will be considered)

    The San Jose Metropolitan Area is one of the most diverse communities in the nation. The composition of the RUMBA participants will reflect the cultural and racial diversity of the Silicon Valley. We will recruit ten students each summer, for a total of 40 students (four years).


The application form is in PDF format (REUapplicationform.pdf). Fill the application form, include a copy of your college transcripts and your sealed reference letters and mail it to:

Dr. Julio Soto

Department of Biological Sciences

San Jose State University

One Washington Square

Duncan Hall 254

San Jose, CA 95192-0100