Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) FAQs
Is the program going to be virtual this year?
We’re currently planning to hold SNP 2022 in person, barring any changes in the public health situation in NYC. (By the way, though, SNP 2020, was held virtually over a combination of Zoom and Discord, and was a huge success! A summary of summer 2020 lives here It’s a useful reference for what our program covers, so you might want to check it out anyway!)
When does the program take place?
SNP takes place during the last two full 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 in March.
Where is the Rockefeller University?
Rockefeller University is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 66 Street and York Avenue.
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.
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! You don’t have to have a ton of prior neuroscience experience – just a real desire to learn more. Similarly, we don’t look for one “type” of student. You can be shy or outgoing, and as long as you’re inquisitive, thoughtful, and independent-minded, you’ll fit right in. We’re particularly interested in applications from students who haven’t had much previous opportunity to explore scientific interests (e.g. underrepresented minority, limited access to science extracurriculars, humanities-focused high school).
Are there any minimum GPA or curriculum requirements?
There are no requirements for GPA or curriculum (we don’t ask for your grades). 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 the first week of April. Students will be contacted by email. Interviewed students should expect to hear a final decision about acceptance into the program by the end of April.