Apply to the Program

 Application Instructions for the
Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program

Please read the following instructions completely before attempting to complete the online application.

Student applications are submitted through Gradweb and will be reviewed by:

  • The degree granting department (see table below); and
  • The University of Oregon Graduate School.

Choose a Program Track

Program Track

Bioinformatics and Genomics

Department of Biology

Molecular Sensors and Probes

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Polymer Science

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Semiconductor and Photovoltaic Device Processing*

Department of Physics OR Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Optical Materials and Devices

Department of Physics

*Students in the semiconductor program track should apply to the Department that best suits their undergraduate background.


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Application Deadline

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2021 Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program cohort.
The priority deadline is February 15th, though we will continue to accept applications until all program tracks are full.


Questions About Your Application?

For a Master’s in Chemistry or Applied Physics, contact Lynde Ritzow:

For a Master’s in Biology, contact Jodi Myers:

The Application Process

In order to complete the online application process, you must:

1. 2021 Applicants May Request a Fee Waiver
In recognition of the financial impact of the pandemic and the program's commitment to accessible education, we are waiving the application fee for all domestic applicants applying for Summer 2021.

To request a waiver, please email Jodi Myers ( for instructions prior to creating a username. We will do our best to respond in one business day.

Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer fee waivers to international applicants in advance. However, international students who are admitted into the program and decide to join us, will receive a fee reimbursement in their student account when they start the program summer term.

2. Prepare a candidate's statement
In approximately 500 words, please describe experience that makes you a strong candidate for this program. The program is particularly interested in:

  1. Technical experience gained through employment, internships, for-credit research or project-based coursework. While beneficial, students do not need to have direct experience in the focus area they are applying to. 
  2. Non-technical experience (e.g. employment, volunteerism, athletics) that required significant use of soft skills (teamwork, leadership, time management, etc.).
  3. Description of why the program is a good fit for your career goals
  4. Any additional information that allows a holistic assessment of your candidacy (e.g. hardship/adversity that has been overcome; an improvement in grades at upper vs lower level coursework).

We suggest you consider writing your statement in advance of filling out the application, then copy and paste it into the appropriate space on the form or download the document directly.

3. Submit three letters of recommendation
Request to have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf by faculty and/or supervisors. We recommend that at least one reference letter be provided by a supervisor familiar with your research and technical abilities. We recommend notifying your letter writers that you are applying to the Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program. It is up to the applicant to ensure that their letter writers have filled out the online recommendation form.

If unforeseen circumstances require you to change your request to a different recommender, contact the appropriate individual listed above under the section labeled: Questions about your application?

4. Submit a resume
Upload a resume highlighting all relevant information which includes volunteerism, extracurriculars, non-technical employment, research experience, technical experience, publications, scholarships and awards. We recommend including information from at least the previous 4 years.

5. Submit your transcripts
Upload unofficial copies of your transcripts directly to the application, including all undergraduate and graduate work. You will need to provide official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar if you are admitted and decide to attend, but unofficial copies are acceptable during the initial application process.

6. Apply for Summer Term
The program begins summer term.

Fill out the application for the appropriate major

Very important. The majors are listed alphabetically under the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please choose the following from the drop-down menu (see chart above for questions about the degree that will be granted for each program track):

  • Biology - choose “Biology – Internship Master’s.”
  • Chemistry - choose "Chemistry - Internship Master's."
  • Physics - choose "Applied Physics - Internship Master's."

NOTE: If you choose a general chemistry, physics or biology major, you will be applying to the PhD. program.

8. Take the TOEFL if you are a non-native speaker
The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for non-native speakers of English.Requests to waive the TOEFL requirement or for permission to be admitted with the intent to take the exam upon arrival will not be accommodated. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission to this program is 620 (105 for the new iBT version), which is higher than the University of Oregon minimum.

We will also accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL. Our minimum score requirement is 7.5.

For Summer 2021, the graduate school is also accepting the Duolingo English Test (DET).

Our minimum score requirement for the DET is 125.

Students who have completed a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL score.

If you are an international student, see additional university requirements.

9. All applicants are encouraged to apply for the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship. Priority deadline is March 1st.

10. We're here to help!
For questions about fee waivers, application deadlines, technical challenges with Gradweb, confirmation of application submission or letters of recommendation received, contact:
Jodi Myers, Academic Business Coordinator:

For all other questions, contact:
For a Master’s in Chemistry or Applied Physics, contact Lynde Ritzow:
For a Master’s in Biology, contact Leslie Coonrod:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants under consideration will be interviewed during the candidate review process.