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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a minimum age one must be or school grade level to attend?
You must be 16 years old before the beginning of the program in order to attend -- no exceptions to this rule (please see University Policy: Guidelines for Mentoring a Minor in the Laboratory). This is irrespective of grade -- so a sophomore may apply if he or she will be 16 years old by the program's start date (March 6, 2017).

Can I apply if I have not been nominated by a teacher or community leader?
No. Only students who have been nominated by their teacher or community leader will be invited to apply to the LAB-ASP.

Do I have to interview to be accepted into the program?
Yes. Students who submit strong applications will be asked to come for in-person interviews, to be conducted by a scientist from The Rockefeller University.

Is there a waitlist?
Yes, we will keep a short waitlist. Should a space open up, we will notify the waitlisted students as soon as possible. Waitlisted students will be notified of any openings by the last week of February, 2017.

Is there an application fee?
No, there are no costs to apply. However, students may not apply if they have not been nominated by a teacher or community leader.

When does the program begin/end?
The 2017 LAB-ASP session begins on March 6, 2017, and will end on June 21, 2017 (excluding NYC DOE spring recess week, April 10 - 18, 2017).   

How much lab time can I expect to put in per day/week?
Students are expected to attend all sessions from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, which take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 7, 2017 and ending June 21, 2017 (excluding NYC DOE spring recess week, April 10 - 18, 2017). This is a total of 5 hours per weeks for 14 weeks.

How much does the program cost?
There is no cost to participate in this program.

Is transportation assistance available?
Yes, students who are accepted into the LAB-ASP will receive monthly metrocards for the duration of the program.

Are stipends available?
Yes, students participating in the LAB-ASP are eligible to receive up to a $250 stipend.

Can I apply to the program if I live outside of New York City?
No. The LAB-ASP is specific to students who are enrolled in a high school located within New York City.

When will I find out whether or not I've been accepted to the LAB-ASP?
Decisions for the LAB-ASP will be made by early February. Notifications will be communicated through email.

If I am accepted into the LAB-ASP, am I eligible to participate in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)?
Yes. All students who are accepted into the LAB-ASP will be eligible to participate in the SSRP. This participation in contingent upon successful participation in the LAB-ASP. “Successful participation” means that students must demonstrate a positive work ethic, good laboratory practice, and respect for their work, instructors, and fellow students.

If I meet all requirements during the LAB-ASP, do I have to submit a separate application for the SSRP?
No. A separate application is not necessary for entry into the SSRP. However, you will be required to send an updated school transcript to the SOP administration.

Are there any minimum GPA or curriculum requirements?
No, but we seek students who achieve at a high level, and most accepted students rank in the top 10% of their class.

Can I submit my LAB-ASP research findings/poster/research report to a science fair that is not affiliated with The Rockefeller University?
Any scientific work you complete is the property of The Rockefeller University. Using this information for the purposes of participation in science fairs is at the discretion of the Science Outreach Program. Therefore, consent must be given in order to use this work.

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