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Early Research Scholars Program


Applications to be part of the 2023-2024 academic year cohort are now open.


  • Early Admission Deadline: November 6th

  • Regular Admission Deadline: December 4th

Preparing and submitting your application

Before you click on the application lin, we recommend that you read the questions below, prepare your responses in a separate file, and then copy and paste them into the application. Also be sure to check the eligibility requirements to know if you are eligible to apply.

Short essay questions on the application

Write a paragraph for each of these:

  1. What do you hope to get out of participating in the CSE Early Research Scholars Program?

  2. One goal of this program is to broaden access to university research to students who have historically faced barriers — financial commitments, lack of role models/community/knowledge of graduate study, first-generation, etc. Please describe how your participating in this program would be helpful to you in overcoming such barriers.

  3. Another goal of ERSP is to promote and support a diverse Computer Science community along many dimensions including (but not necessarily limited to) gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and first-in-family to attend university. Part of building this community involves creating a space where students from minoritized groups feel included. Explain your understanding of how being from a minoritized group affects a person’s experience in CS and how you came about this understanding.

  4. ERSP is open to students in CS majors who have not taken any upper division (300-level or 400-level) CS courses and who will be in the sophomore year. The program may also be a good fit for those in their junior year. If you have completed 5 or more Fall and Winter semesters at BYU, describe why you feel that an exception should be made in your case. (Optional, only for those who don’t meet all of the eligibility criteria.)