Summer Science Research Program

The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) provides high school students with an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of leading scientific researchers at one of the world's premier biomedical research facilities.

Over the seven weeks of the Program, participants will be immersed in the content, process, and culture of scientific research. Participants will engage in all aspects of the lab experience including doing research, reading the relevant literature, and participating in lab meetings. By the end of the summer, many participants experience the exhilaration of discovering something that nobody previously knew.

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 2014.

For more information about the SSRP, please read through our list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Prospective Participants

Student Application
Frequently Asked Questions
Guidelines for Mentoring                                                                                                                                                                                                 Links to Other Science Enrichment Opportunities



Current Participants

Poster Rough Draft
Thinking Scientifically


Comments from Science Research Program participants:


"I loved everything about the Program and thank you so much for the opportunity. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer, and it truly lived up to and surpassed all of my high expectations."

"My lab was absolutely amazing, as was my mentor, who devoted unbelievable amounts of time to my work. I was welcomed into the lab, and assigned a project that would have been conducted by another member of the lab (i.e. a real project, with real contributions to science). I was allowed to attend group meeting, and even present my work there. I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up, but lab research was definitely a great experience and something I would strongly consider."

"My lab was extremely welcoming; I felt almost like the lab’s little brother. Not only was my whole lab very helpful and friendly throughout the summer, almost the whole lab came to the poster session, and was very supportive."


Yasmen Khan, MSc, Administrator
Summer Science Research Program
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Ave, Box 53
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 212-327-7431
Fax: 212-327-7519