Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there a minimum age or grade level to attend?

Yes, students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program (June 22, 2015).  There are no exceptions to this rule (please see University Policy: Guidelines for Mentoring a Minor in the Laboratory).  The age minimum is irrespective of grade, so a sophomore may apply if he or she will be 16 years old by the program's start date.

Is there a fee to apply or participate?  

No, there is no fee to apply and the program itself is provided free-of-charge. However, students will need to arrange for expenses related to their transportation, meals, and housing during the course of the program.

Are stipends available?

Stipends may be awarded to students experiencing financial hardship and who meet all the attendance and research requirements of the SSRP.

How many students participate in the SSRP each summer?

The number of SSRP students is entirely dependent on the number of volunteer mentors available each summer.  For the last three years, the average class size has been 52, including returning students.

Can students work with human patients through the SSRP?

No, SSRP students will not be able to work with human patients since minors are prohibited from doing so.

Can students find placement in the lab of their choosing?

An effort is made to accommodate the research interests of the student, however, many laboratories at Rockefeller are unable to host students due to the nature of their research (i.e. labs focusing on infectious diseases or those conducting studies with human patients are not amenable to high school research).  Also, placement depends upon the availability of volunteer mentors.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes, we do have a short wait list.  Waitlisted students may not be notified until mid- to late-June that placement is available.

When does the program begin/end?

The program dates for 2015 are June 22- August 6, 2015.  Students accepted into the program must commit on a full-time basis for the duration of the seven-week program (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

What is the time commitment?

Students are expected to attend all sessions from 9am-5pm, Monday- Friday, starting June 22 and ending August 6, 2015.  There are 3 hours of classes and lectures every week.  The remainder of the time will be spent in the lab for a total of 40 hours a week for 7 weeks.

Can students start later or leave earlier than the SSRP's official start and end dates?

No, if accepted into the program, students must commit on a full-time basis (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) for the duration of the program (7-weeks total). Students who cannot fulfill this commitment are not eligible for the SSRP.

Is there any time for individual, outside research?

No, the available research projects are based on work currently being performed at Rockefeller. Furthermore, the SSRP is an intense summer experience -- it involves full-time laboratory work, lectures, workshops, and preparation for a poster presentation, which will require the students’ full dedication.

Can students apply to the program if they live outside the United States or outside of the Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)?

Yes, students outside the Tri-State Area may apply.  The SSRP is unable to provide housing, however, so it is the responsibility of the student to secure housing before the program begins.

When will students find out whether or not they’ve been accepted to the SSRP?

Acceptance to the SSRP is contingent upon being successfully matched to a scientist-mentor. Because we strive to ensure that each SSRP student is matched to the ideal mentor, this process can take some time. In general, students find out if they have been successfully matched between April and June.

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. Furthermore, students should show a sincere interest in science, reflected by science courses taken.

Can I submit my SSRP research findings/poster/research report to a science fair not affiliated with The Rockefeller University?

Using research findings for the purposes of participation in science fairs is at the discretion of the Science Outreach Program.  Any scientific work you complete is the property of The Rockefeller University.  Therefore, consent must be given in order to use this work.

Is it possible to apply after January 9, 2015?

No, we will not consider late or incomplete applications.