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LAB Jumpstart Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum age or grade level to attend?

You must be 16 years old before the beginning of the program (March 2, 2021) in order to attend. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is irrespective of grade — so a sophomore may apply if she or he will be 16 years old by the program’s start date.

How do I apply to LAB Jumpstart 2021?

To apply to LAB Jumpstart, you must first be nominated by a teacher or community leader. Once your teacher or community leader has submitted your nomination, you will automatically be sent a link to register in our Online Application System (OAS). Applications must be completed and submitted by midnight EST on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Can I apply to LAB Jumpstart 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 LAB Jumpstart. Teachers or community leaders have no nomination limit, but we will only admit a maximum of 4 students per school to the program.

Do I have to interview to be accepted into LAB Jumpstart?

Yes. Students who submit strong applications will be asked to attend a virtual interview with the LAB Jumpstart facilitation team.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes, we will keep a short waitlist. Should 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 2021.

Is there an application fee?

No, there are no costs to apply.

When does the program begin/end?

LAB Jumpstart 2021 begins on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, and ends on Thursday, August 12, 2021 (excluding NYC DOE Spring Recess Week, March 29 – April 2, 2021, and July 4, 2021). Students must be available to participate in the entire duration of the program in order to be admitted to LAB Jumpstart.

How much time can I expect to put in per day/week?

Students are expected to attend all spring after-school sessions from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, which take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting March 2, 2021 (excluding NYC DOE Spring Recess Week, March 29 – April 2, 2021). The spring after-school session is a total of 4 hours per week for the duration of the program. This is followed by participation in the summer full-time immersive research experience, taking place as part of the virtual SSRP Monday-Friday, beginning Monday, June 28, 2021, and concluding Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Is transportation assistance available?

As LAB Jumpstart 2021 will be a virtual program, transportation assistance will not be provided.

Are stipends available?

Yes, students participating in LAB Jumpstart are eligible to receive a $250 stipend for the spring sessions and another $2000 for the summer experience.

Can I apply to the program if I live outside of New York City?

No. LAB Jumpstart is specific to students who live and attend school in New York City.

When will I find out whether or not I’ve been accepted to the LAB Jumpstart?

Decisions for LAB Jumpstart will be made by early February. Notifications will be communicated through email.

If I am accepted into LAB Jumpstart, am I eligible to participate in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP)?

Yes. All students who are accepted into LAB Jumpstart will be eligible to participate in the SSRP. This participation is contingent upon successful participation in LAB Jumpstart. “Successful participation” means that students must demonstrate a positive work ethic, good laboratory practice, and respect for their work, instructors, and fellow students.

Are there any minimum GPA or curriculum requirements?

No, but we seek students who are committed to this program, who have a strong interest in science and have strong recommendations from their teachers/community leaders.

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

Rockefeller University and RockEDU do not permit the use of LAB Jumpstart research findings for the purposes of participation in science fairs. Any scientific work you complete is the property of The Rockefeller University and may not be used outside of official university dissemination mechanisms.

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