How to Apply

How to apply to SPARK

Fill out an electronic application.

The completed application will contain:

  • At least one letter of recommendation from a person with whom you share an academic or professional relationship. You will be asked to provide contact information for your referee in the electronic application.
  • An essay describing the applicant's research interest 
  • Most relevant official academic transcripts. If one full year of college has not been completed by the time you apply, submit your high school transcript as well. Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent to If you do not have the option to send them electronically, have it mailed to:
    Attn: Paola Uscanga
    SPARK Program Application Materials
    12902 USF Magnolia Drive, MRC 4E-RET
    Tampa FL, 33612

All application materials must be received between Jan. 3, 2023 and Feb. 15, 2023.