High School Application

Applications for the 2014 Summer Science Research Program are now closed, and we are not accepting any new applications. Applications for the 2015 SSRP will be available in October 2015. We look forward to receiving your materials then.


The Rockefeller University's Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) is designed to offer intellectually curious, highly motivated high school students with a strong aptitude in the life or physical sciences a total-immersion experience in laboratory research. Each year, approximately 35 outstanding high school students are chosen from a large number of applicants. Students are matched to a lab according to their stated field of interest and are individually mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or lab heads. These mentors volunteer to design and supervise individualized summer projects for their students. In 2014, the seven-week program will run from June 23 through August 7. Students must be 16 years old by the start date of the program in order to participate.

Stipends are available for students demonstrating need. The SSRP does not provide room and board to its participants. Students applying from outside the New York Metropolitan area (NY, NJ, CT) must, with their parents or legal guardians, secure their own lodgings, and provide proof of residency which while participating in the SSRP.

Note: Please do not submit any materials other than the ones we ask for below. Additional materials (e.g., SAT/ACT scores, awards, news clippings, etc.) will not be considered, and, if submitted, will not be returned.

Applicants to the SSRP must submit:

  1. The completed on-line application form.
  2. A 350- (or fewer) word personal statement describing what science means to you.
  3. A commentary of 750 (or fewer) words on any of the archived Newswire articles (not the original journal articles/research on which they're based) linked from The Rockefeller University's Home Page (http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/). Please address the following questions:
    • What interests you about the research discussed in this article?
    • How does this research relate to what you have learned in your science classes?
    • What are the broader implications of this research?
    • What would you do next if you were the researcher?
  4. An official transcript (with school seal); the original paper copy (no digital copies) must be mailed in by the school.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from science or math teachers or previous research mentors; a third letter of recommendation is optional and may come from a recommender of your choice in any discipline. Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Instructions are provided in the application. Letters of recommndation are due on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
  6. A current curriculum vitae or resume.
  7. The Student Consent and Agreement Form, found in section eight of the online application, is to be downloaded, printed out, and signed by the student, parent(s), and a witness. The paper copy must be sent to the SSRP via US Mail or other mail courier.

Any documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Summer Science Research Program
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave., Box 53
New York, NY 10065

Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2014; paper materials submitted must be postmarked by the deadline in order for the application to be considered. Acceptance notices will go out as early as the middle of March, and no later than the middle of May. Applicants must provide a valid e-mail address, as this is how all information will be disseminated.

Students should state a preference for working in particular areas of research (please see section 3 of the application). However, we cannot guarantee that specific preferences will be met. For a listing of research areas, we encourage you to visit the Research Areas section of the Rockefeller University Website: http://www.rockefeller.edu/research/areas.

For help completing the application, please read our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Questions concerning the Summer Science Research Program should be directed to:
Science Outreach Program
(212) 327-7431
E-mail to outreach@rockefeller.edu