Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) FAQs
Is the program going to be virtual this year?
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. SNP 2020, which was held virtually over a combination of Zoom and Discord, was a huge success! Check out a summary of summer 2020 here to get a better sense of what a virtual program might look like.
When does the program take place?
SNP takes place during the last two weeks of August, meeting on weekdays from 9:30am to 4:00pm (please see the main page or nominations page for specific dates).
Who is eligible to participate in SNP?
Students must be enrolled in a New York City public high school, and must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the program—we cannot make exceptions!
When are the application forms posted?
Each year, the application form is posted by the end of January. Applications are due March 21st, 2021.
Where is the Rockefeller University?
Rockefeller University is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 66 Street and York Avenue (see Map).
What does a typical day at SNP look like?
A typical day will consist of morning class sessions, lunch, and afternoon hands-on activities. For more detail, check out the sample schedule (PDF).
Is there homework? Are there tests?
No homework, no tests, no grades! However, expect to be challenged. While in class, students will read research articles, conduct experiments, and prepare presentations. All work will be done during course hours, and punctuality and attendance is required.
Does the program cost any money?
SNP is free! All expenses are covered, including MTA fare, meals, and school supplies throughout the program.
What kinds of students participate in SNP?
All kinds of students participate in SNP! We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or interest level in science. We’re not necessarily looking for “straight A” students; we’re looking for distinctive, curious students—whether they’re shy or outgoing.
Are there any minimum GPA or curriculum requirements?
There are no requirements for GPA or curriculum. The only requirements are that students must be responsible, respectful, motivated, and curious.
Once I’ve applied, when can I expect to hear from SNP directors regarding interviews and placement in the program?
Applicants can expect to hear about interviews by April 9th. Students will be contacted by email or phone. Interviewed students should expect to hear a final decision about acceptance into the program by May 14th.