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LAB Jumpstart (virtual)

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LAB Jumpstart – virtual for 2021

Nominations and student applications for LAB Jumpstart 2021 are CLOSED.

Program Quick Look:

  • Combined virtual after-school and summer research program
  • After-school portion meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6pm; March 2 – June 17, 2021
  • Summer portion (SSRPv) requires ~20 hours per week, June 28 – August 12, 2021
  • High school students, aged 16 and older

A proud member of the New York City Science Research Mentoring Consortium, RockEDU’s LAB Jumpstart program supports 16 high school students attending school in NYC school in a combined after-school and summer research experience. The 2021 LAB Jumpstart session will take place virtually, and is specifically designed to promote the development of scientific thinking and research skills through a variety of talks, workshops, and individual mentorship.

The LAB Jumpstart program is recruiting students from under-resourced schools and communities. Those interested in applying to the LAB Jumpstart program must first be nominated. We welcome student nominations from any adult who has served in a formal or informal capacity as a teacher, counselor, mentor, employer, religious leader, community advocate, etc. for a prospective student applicant(s). We understand that our current pandemic context undoubtedly impacts a student’s network, and want to emphasize that nominations can come from any adult who can speak to your potential in this program.


Additional Program Details:

Spring Session: Our Spring after-school sessions meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm — 6pm, March 2 through June 17. These sessions are intended to guide students through a rich and authentic experience rooted in the process of science, in preparation for the summer research portion of the program. During this portion of LAB Jumpstart, students will be encouraged to develop and ask questions pertaining to scientific research, gain exposure to research skills and primary literature, and connect with dedicated scientist-mentors at The Rockefeller University.

LAB Jumpstart core sessions are facilitated by Rockefeller graduate fellows, with support from RockEDU staff. Furthermore, each student is paired with a LAB Jumpstart Advocate — a practicing Rockefeller scientist who can provide educational and professional support beyond our LAB Jumpstart courses and discussions.

Summer Session: During the summer session, LAB Jumpstart students will participate in the SSRPv, spending approximately 20 hours per week, June 28 through August 12, engaging in a number of virtual events and home-based science experiences that have been designed to promote a deepened understanding of biomedical research, and its relationship with society. Students will be assigned to a research track, and under the direction of a scientist-mentor team, students will learn the foundations and experimental techniques necessary to carry out their own research project, with iteration.

You can learn more about our summer session here.


To be eligible for LAB Jumpstart participation, students enrolled in an NYC high school must be nominated by a teacher or other community member who has served as a mentor, and must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program. We cannot make exceptions.

Application Process:

The LAB Jumpstart application process consists of several steps:

Step 1: Students who are interested in applying for LAB Jumpstart must be nominated by a teacher or community leader. Once students are successfully nominated, they will be sent a link to the LAB Jumpstart application via email.

Step 2: Students who are nominated should fill out the online LAB Jumpstart application sent to them via email. Applications for the LAB Jumpstart program are reviewed by RockEDU staff and members of the Rockefeller graduate student community.

Step 3: Selected LAB Jumpstart applicants will be invited for an interview, to take place in early February. During the interview, students will meet with LAB Jumpstart facilitators, and be introduced to members of the RockEDU team. Students will be notified in February if they are accepted to LAB Jumpstart.

Program Expectations:

Students accepted into the LAB Jumpstart program must commit to participating for the entirety of the program — this includes both the spring after-school and summer portions. We can not accommodate part time participation. Please be aware: students are prohibited from using any aspect of their LAB Jumpstart/SSRP project for science competition submissions.

LAB Jumpstart 2021 nominations and applications are CLOSED

Stay tuned for information about Jumpstart 2022 nominations and applications!

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about LAB Jumpstart, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact Us

Douglas Heigl

Program Administrator
RockEDU Science Outreach
1230 York Avenue
Box 53
New York, NY 10065