U/Select (Utrecht Selective Life Sciences ExtraCurricular Track) is the life sciences honours programme for selected students of the GSLS. It is a 2-year extracurricular programme, for excellent students who seek to broaden their horizon and want to get more out of their Master's programme.

The goals of U/Select are:

  • To broaden and deepen your study programme in extra and special learning experiences.
  • To be part of a community of excellent students in life sciences.
  • To be able to write a research proposal and execute this during your minor research abroad.
  • To have a better start position for your next step in your (study) career.
  • To build your network beyond your own Master's programme.

More information
For more information you can send an email to USelect@umcutrecht.nl.

The 2-year programme consists of:

  • Kick-off meeting (February - year 1)
    • During this meeting in the "Academiegebouw", you will meet eachother and be informed about the U/Select programme.
  • Master classes (year 1)
    • In the first year, the students will organize monthly master classes (decide on the topics, invite speakers, etc.). Examples are: career planning, going abroad, publishing, and science&society. The students will do this in consultation with the U/Select coordinator, prof. Peter Burbach.
  • Research proposal and research project abroad (year 1&2)
    • You will choose a topic within the scope of life sciences, and a top institute abroad. You will write your own research proposal, in collaboration with your supervisor abroad. If your research proposal is approved by your Utrecht examiner and the U/Select coordinator, you receive a €2500 travel grant to execute your research proposal.
  • Mini-symposium (September - year 2)
    • You will report on your work during a mini-symposium. The jury, consisting of leading scientists of Utrecht University, will choose the best research project and reward it with €1500.

Students will be selected on the following criteria:

  • motivation and ambition of the student;
  • CV;
  • results obtained in your BSc programme; average grade (included first year) > 7,5;
  • extracurricular activities.

To apply, send in the following documents to USelect@umcutrecht.nl

  • Letter of motivation, including a description of your BSc or MSc (research) project;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Proof of your qualities - grade list or transcript of BSc degree, jobs, experience abroad etc.;
  • Letter of recommendation from your MSc programme coordinator. A second letter of recommendation e.g. written by your (research) project supervisor is optional. 

The deadline is December 1st, 2018, 9:00 hrs. If you do not receive a confirmation email of your application, your application has not been taken into consideration.

A selection committee will judge all applications and select the U/Select participants. You may be invited for an interview with this committee. About 10-12 participants each year are selected to enter the programme.

The following students participate in U/Select 2018:

  • Lance Bosch - Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Julian Buissant des Amorie - Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Hugo Damstra - Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
  • Emma Dann - Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Aicha Dijkshoorn - Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Zoë Goldsborough - Environmental Biology
  • Joris Hageman - Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Ronja Houtekamer - Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Bart Lodder - Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Jasper Smits - Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
  • Esmée van Vliet - Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
  • Emmy Wesdorp - Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

The following students participate in U/Select 2017:

  • Laura Boeschoten - Environmental Biology
  • Tom Caniels - Infection and Immunity
  • Mandy Erkelens - Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
  • Noor Godijk - Epidemiology 
  • Erik Hebels - Drug Innovation
  • Thao Lam - Toxicology and Environmental Health
  • Renier van Neer - Drug Innovation
  • Julie Oomens - Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Tom Roth - Environmental Biology
  • Marleen van Smoorenburg - Infection and Immunity
  • Anton Venhuizen - Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
  • Esther van Woudenbergh - Infection and Immunity

The following students participate in U/Select 2016 (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Franka Rang (CSDB)
  • Florianne Hafkamp (IMIF)
  • Nigel Pearson (MCLS)
  • Pieter Lindenbergh (CSDB)
  • Mariska Simpson (MCLS)
  • Kyra Defourny (IMIF)
  • Eline Brombacher (CSDB)
  • Paula Cevaal (IMIF)
  • Annelisa Cornel (BIDM)
  • Elena Meléndez (CSDB)
  • Valeria Bonapersona (NSCN)
  • Gittan Blezer (IMIF) (not in picture)

U/Select 2016

The following students participate in U/Select 2015 (from left to right, top to bottom):

  • Ariën Schiepers (IMIF)
  • Sanne Boersma (CSDB)
  • Adinda Kok (MCLS)
  • Hester van Dorst (CSDB)
  • Annemiek van Berkel (NSCN-ECN)
  • Mohammad Ayoub (CSDB)
  • Marlies Ludikhuize (CSDB)
  • Michaela Diakatou (RMT)
  • Jooske Monster (MCLS)                          
  • Marjon van Ruiten (CSDB)
  • Marjolein Versteeg (NSCN-ECN)
  • Julian Vosseberg (CSDB)
  • Dennis Vink (ENVB; not in picture)

The following students participate in U/Select 2014 (from left to right):

  • Kitty Hendriks (MCLS)
  • Rutger ter Horst (CSDB)
  • Anne Slomp (IMIF)
  • Robin van der Weide (CSDB)
  • Nora Assendorp (NSCN-ECN)
  • Jan van der Beek (MCLS)
  • Lara Rösler (NSCN-CN)
  • Lara Nellissen (NSCN-ECN)
  • Karin Zwiep (PLBI)
  • Kaya von Eugen (PLBI)
  • Henry Kurniawan (DINN)
  • Amos Fumagalli (TXEH; not in picture)

The following students participate in U/Select 2013 (from left to right):

  • Ino Karemaker (CGDB)
  • Colinda Scheele (CGDB)
  • Febe van der Flier (NSCN-CN)
  • Heleen van ’t Spijker (NSCN-ECN)
  • Hilje Doekes (MCLS)
  • David Vargaz-Diaz (MCLS)
  • Suzanne Miedema (NSCN-ECN)
  • Anne van der Leun (CGDB)
  • Mirjam van der Lee (NSCN-ECN)
  • Marthe Lindenbergh (IMIF)
  • Elise Kessler (BIDM)