Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP)
The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) at The Rockefeller University is a two-week course aimed at introducing talented NYC public high school students to the brain. Led by graduate students, the program takes a look at the most current research in neuroscience in an effort to understand how our brain works and how it relates to our daily life. In addition to the series of highly interactive lectures, students present fun and fascinating journal articles to their classmates. Students also visit research laboratories, dissect brains, and design and conduct neuroscience experiments. 2021 note: we have yet to decide if SNP summer 2021 will be held on campus or virtually, but will communicate our decision with applicants in late spring based on COVID rates in NYC and Rockefeller’s policy about visitors to campus. Check out our summary of SNP Summer 2020 here to better understand what a virtual program might look like.
The SNP 2021 deadline for applications is 11:59 PM, Sunday, March 28th, 2021.
A subset of applicants will be invited for an interview the weekend of April 24-25, 2021.
SNP 2021 will take place from August 16-27, meeting Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:00pm. We’re currently watching how the health crisis in NYC develops and will decide in late spring whether to hold SNP virtually or in person based on Rockefeller recommendations. If we’re able to hold SNP in person, classes will take place at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan. Regardless of the program format, all expenses are covered (e.g. MTA passes and meals for in person, necessary electronic equipment and WiFi for virtual work, and school supplies throughout the program). Please note that accepted applicants will be required to commit to attending the entire program, barring any emergencies. Please do not apply if you will not be available for any part of the program.
We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or experience with science. We are particularly interested in applications from students with limited opportunities to explore scientific interests. To be eligible for participation, students must be enrolled in a New York City public school, and must be at least 16 years of age at the start of the program — we cannot make exceptions!
Students must both complete the student application and have a teacher complete the reference form. Incomplete applications missing either part will not be considered. A subset of applicants will be contacted by the SNP directors to arrange an interview.
- About SNP
- Our Teaching Philosophy
- Meet the SNP Directors
- Sample Course Schedule (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Application/Teacher Reference Forms
Contact SNP Directors:
SNP CLASS GALLERY