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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the questions that students often ask about Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP).

How do I apply?

Applying for CRISP is easy. Early in the spring semester, we will post the application form. Download and print out the form and return the completed application to our office (Cooper Physical Science Building, room 305). That's all there is to it. Generally, admission decisions are made during early April, and you will be notified of the decision of the selection committee.

When is CRISP?

CRISP occurs during the 10-week summer session. You may elect to participate in only a portion of the program if you have scheduling conflicts. Note: If you are available for the entire 10 week program, you are more likely to be selected to participate. Please see the academic calendar for detailed date information for the summer sessions.

How will I pay my bills during the summer?

We will try to provide a stipend to help support some of our CRISP participants during the program. The amount of any offered stipend will depend on how much time you have available to commit to the program. Students accepted into the program who are not offered a stipend may still participate in CRISP on an unpaid basis. These students will be eligible to earn academic credit for their research efforts.

Can I get academic credit for participating in CRISP?

CRISP participants are eligible to receive academic credit for their work in the program. This credit will appear on your transcript as "Chemistry Research" and is a great way to make an immediate impression on potential employers and graduate and professional school admissions committees. The amount of credit that you qualify for will depend on how much time you have available to commit to the program.

Can I take other classes while participating in CRISP?

Yes. Many CRISP participants enroll in other courses during the summer session. However, enrolling in other courses will reduce the amount of time you have available to commit to the program and will reduce the size of your stipend and the number of academic credits you are eligible to receive.

Which faculty mentor will I be working for?

We select the students whom we will mentor from those who apply to the program. If there is an area of chemistry that is particularly interesting to you, please indicate this on your application.

What if I'm interested in working with a particular faculty mentor?

If you are interested in working with a particular faculty mentor, please make an appointment with your mentor to determine if he or she is willing to work with you. Consult our faculty directory for contact information. 

What hours of the day will I be expected to work?

In general, full-time participants in CRISP are expected to work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a break for lunch. If you're only working part-time, you are expected to work fewer hours each week. You and your mentor will determine your work schedule.

Are non-chemistry majors or students from other universities eligible?

Yes. Every year we have participants who are not chemistry majors or attend another academic institution. Please note: Our chemistry majors will receive preference when the committee selects the participants from among the applicants.

Department of Chemistry
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 305
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays
Phone: 765-285-8060
Fax: 765-285-6505