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Applications for the 2015 Summer Science Research Program are now closed


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. 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 2015, the seven-week program will run from June 22 through August 6. Students must be 16 years old by the start date of the program in order to participate.

Stipends may be awarded to students experiencing financial hardship and who meet all the attendance and research requirements of the SSRP. Students outside the Tri-State area may apply, however the SSRP is unable to provide housing, so it is the responsibility of the student to secure housing before the program begins.

Application Components

  1. The completed online application form.
  2. A 500 (or fewer) word personal statement describing what science means to you.
  3. A commentary of 750 (or fewer) words on a recent (within the past 5 years) Newswire articles linked from The Rockefeller University's Home Page ( Please address the following questions:
    • How would you explain this work to a 5th grade student? Keep in mind that the language being used should be accessible.
    • What interests you about the research discussed in this article?
    • What would you do next if you were the researcher?
    • What are the broader implications of this research?
  4. School transcript (unofficial/student copy) to be scanned and uploaded online.
  5. A current curriculum vitae or resume.
  6. Two letters of recommendations, which must be from a math and/or science teacher.  A third optional letter of recommendation (from an advisor, mentor, or community leader).

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, January 9, 2015. Students can expect to hear about their application status by May, 2015. 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:

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
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