Here is some advice on how to begin researching potential labs to join this summer!
As organized by broad research discipline, a few popular institutions US Bose Scholars choose for their research are:
When researching different institutions, read about the PIs/researchers in your field of interest on their lab websites and look up their most recent publications.
On our website (https://www.winstepforward.org/indian-mentors/), you can see a complete list of mentors prior US Bose students have worked with. You can use this list to review the different kinds of projects students have worked on in addition to host institution locations. However, please know that WINStep is open to you working with nearly any credible research institution in India; you are not limited by the list institutions used by scholars in the past.
***Some students try to find their mentors before they are accepted. This can save you some stress if you are selected, but please be aware if you are actively reaching out before your receive the scholarship, you must let your professor know that you working in their lab is contingent upon your acceptance for the scholarship.
Once you have identified four to five potential labs and lead mentors in India, send them each an email. The main objective is to briefly introduce yourself (don’t forget to explicitly mention your standing as only a potential US Bose Scholar), demonstrate your engagement with their research, and explain how your interests relate. Attaching your resume for reference can be helpful, as is personalizing each email. We have templates of what scholars have used in the past available upon request. Do not be discouraged if you do not hear back from each mentor. If mentors respond with administrative questions about the US Bose Program and scholarship that you do not know the answer to, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
If you would like assistance or guidance finding potential research institutions or mentors, please contact the WINStep Forward team. It is important – and worth the time investment – to make sure that you feel appropriately matched to your lab. Info@winstepforward.org is the best email ID to reach out to.