Next Steps

Congratulations! Please review the following information and complete each step in order to prepare for the summer.

Special Category Application

Please visit the Special Category Online Application here to access all required forms. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the requirements for this program. NOTE: Steps 1-4 are due by the end of May to ensure the June start date. Step 5 will be due at the end of August.

  • Read the orientation packet and confidentiality agreement.
  • Fill out and submit the online application. Once application is received, the listed supervisor will be contacted by the Special Category Department to verify the submitted information.
    • Information you will need:
      • Department: Center for Translational Research
      • Cost Center: 30600
      • Supervisor ID: 78294
      • Supervisor: Rachel Smilow
      • Work Phone: 240-531-6531
      • Email:
      • Participating in research? Yes
      • Position Description: METEOR Student. Participating in virtual summer coursework and preparing for research project that will begin in the fall with data that has already been collected.
      • Check if affiliation agreement exists? NO
      • Volunteer role: Student Intern
  • Complete the online safety quiz and error prevention training (answers can be found in the orientation packet).
  • Submit/upload a headshot photo, that will be used for your ID badge to (be sure to include your name that is listed on your application.) The background of the picture must be blue or white.
  • If you are a U.S. Visa or ESTA Visa Waiver holder, email a copy to
  • You must complete all medical requirements in full and submit forms directly to Occupational Health at
  • Once steps 1-6 are completed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your online background check. Please note that we cannot run your background check until we’ve received your medical clearance from Occupational Health.
  • Once your background check has cleared, you will receive a final clearance email from the Special Category Department with instructions regarding obtaining your ID badge.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to with questions – we’re happy to help!

Other Requirements

  1. Fill out a W9 and send to
  2. Sign up for Moodle (info soon)
  3. Complete CITI training (info soon)
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