Participant Obligations

The SULI program is intended to support the intellectual and professional development of students who have the desire to be involved in an intensive scientific research experience. Selected students have the following program obligations:

  • Must have proof of coverage under a health insurance plan for the duration of their internship. It is the responsibility of each participant to secure insurance coverage before arriving at the appointment site.
  • Participants must conduct their internship within the United States and its Territories.
  • Must complete the full 10- or 16-week program. Students should expect to spend approximately 40 hours a week working on their research projects or participating in the provided professional development opportunities.
  • Must complete all required program deliverables on time.
    • Students who do not complete the initial survey (“pre-survey”) by the deadline will be terminated from the program immediately.  Their record of participation will be expunged, and they will not be allowed to apply to WDTS programs in the future.
    • Students who do not complete the remaining required deliverables (described below) on time will have the record of their participation expunged, and they will not be allowed to apply to WDTS programs in the future.
  • Must complete the entrance and exit surveys through the online system provided at the beginning and the end of the internship. Host laboratories may choose to withhold initial or final stipend payments until the surveys have been submitted.
  • Must behave in a responsible and professional manner.
  • In advance of completion of their appointment, SULI participants must make either an oral or poster presentation on the outcome of their SULI related research activities, complete and submit a 1500 - 3000 word research project report, a general audience abstract, and a one-page peer review of another SULI intern's talk or poster. Report requirements, submission instructions, and additional guidance will be provided at the beginning of the internship period.
  • To help maintain accountability and accuracy of its federally-mandated assessment and reporting functions, WDTS requires funded work to appropriately acknowledge its support in the presentations and publications resulting from its funding. When acknowledging WDTS support, please use the following statement - “This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) under the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program (SULI).”

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program Deliverables Requirements and Guidelines