The application for the 2020 summer cohort has closed. Please check back again in January 2021 for information about the summer 2021 cohort.

Please note that based on feedback from previous cohorts, this is an intensive program requiring a significant time commitment. If selected, students should plan their other summer commitments accordingly.

Applicant Eligibility: This year, we are recruiting nine highly qualified undergraduate students for the 12-week program. Competitive applicants will: A) Have a cumulative GPA of >2.75; B) have taken at least one college statistics course; and C) have an interest in pursuing graduate school or careers related to behavioral health, psychiatry, or psychology.

The application deadline is Monday, March 16th, 2020 by midnight (MST). Submissions received after this deadline will not be accepted. See page 2 in the application packet for more details.

COVID-19 Update: Due to University policies in response to COVID-19, the University of Colorado has discontinued a number of on-campus activities for the time being. Modifications to the PURPLE program have been made in response to University policies.

Tips for Applicants

Before you start your application, here are some tips from the Director of PURPLE and the application review committee:

1. Know how to receive a strong recommendation letter (LOR). More often than not, the quality of your recommendation letters matters more than the number of recommendation letters you can collect. Make sure you ask someone to write your letter who knows your working ability well (e.g., a close mentor or professor whom you meet regularly during office hours) so you can get a detailed, personal LOR. Make sure to allow your writer plenty of time to get this written, and provide them with your CV/resume before they start writing to remind them of your greatest accomplishments.

2. Review your cover letter (CL) and Resume/CV with someone, and better yet, review it with multiple people! Sometimes, student life can be busy, stressful, and overwhelming, and you may not get the chance to sit down with a clear head to read over and revise your materials before submitting them. Don't make this mistake! Make sure to use the resources you have on your university campus such as the career center, advisors, or trusted friends. They can go over your CL and resume together to ensure no typos or grammatical errors snuck through. Keep in mind that your materials are the first impression you will leave for your reviewers. A good CL and resume/CV demonstrate attention to detail and put your best foot forward, while a sloppy CL and resume/CV can lead reviewers to skim over the application of an otherwise highly talented individual.

For more tips, check out these slides!

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Emmaly Perks, MA, CCRP

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PURPLE Director

13001 E. 17th Place

MS F546

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-4067


Yunliang (Lily) Luo, BS

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PURPLE Coordinator