Hey guys, I'm starting this forum to discuss the Stanford SIMR program for the summer of 2018 and maybe get some info from previous attendees. I couldn't find too much information on the acceptance rates nor the accomplishments of people who get in. They seem to emphasize how they provide the opportunity to work in a lab, so I doubt you need previous research experience, but I've never really done much related to biology. I'm more of the programmer type and will be applying to work in bioinformatics. Some of the people who've gotten in previously seemed amazingly accomplished while many others just seemed average, so the selection criteria is a little unknown. Also, how can I increase my chances if my grades aren't that great? Essays? I mean it's only been the past semester that's been bad, otherwise I'm nearly a straight a student, but my current uw gpa of 3.63 seems a little on the low end.
So anyways, wondering if previous attendees could post some advice. Also, I opened this forum for other prospective applicants.