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Online Application Form

The application is completed online. Once you create an account through your email, you can save and return to the application at any time.


Letter of Interest

Instructions for writing the letter can be found here.


Official Transcript

You can either have your school counselor email your transcript to or by using Parchment. 


Two (2) Academic or Professional Recommendations

One of your recommendations MUST be from a current or previous science teacher that knows you well. The other recommendation can be from another teacher, counselor, club advisor, coach, etc. You will provide their official emails in the application form and we will contact them for the recommendations, to be submitted via the University of Arizona Qualtrics program.

Please note, this is not a letter request but a form sent from the KEYS program to their professional email.


Applicant and Parent/Guardian Signatures

You and your parents/legal guardians must sign and upload the forms to your online application. The forms can be found in the online application.


Application Process



The review committee anonymously reads every applicant’s letter of interest. You are scored in your mechanics, ability to follow directions, and (most importantly) in your passion for science and desire to do research.


The entire application packet is reviewed. You are given a score based on your recommendations, grades, and other considerations. The top scores are then invited to interview.


In the interview, applicants will be asked to discuss their qualifications and interests in research. They will also be assessed on maturity, professionalism, and genuine good character.

Start on-line Application

If you have questions about the online application process please contact us at


Also visit our FAQs page to find answers to common concerns.