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Mentoring with Jumpstart & SSRP

Jumpstart and SSRP 2022 are being planned to take place on campus at Rockefeller! This yearly program offers students the opportunity to participate in science inquiry as part of themed research tracks. Each student will have opportunities for autonomous research, with the support of prepared activities and foundational learning collectively within each track.


How Can RU Scientists Get Involved?

We are looking for scientists to participate in SSRP program this summer in a variety of ways that differ in content and commitment level! Regardless of the path you choose, you will receive training to strengthen your mentorship skills and build your toolkit for engaging with students using online technologies.

We are currently recruiting scientists to participate as track scientists:

    • Track scientist mentors support the SSRP research tracks by contributing complementary research skills and interests while gaining mentorship skills and experience through the mentorship of 2-3 students. Track mentors will begin planning for summer 2022 during the spring. Email Disan Davis or sign up here to get involved in these opportunities!

The following opportunities are not currently open for recruitment:

      • The RockEDU Fellows program is an initiative that guides scientists through the process of developing and implementing a science research track based on their experience and expertise. Scientists learn core skills related to teaching and mentorship through dynamic workshops and discussion. For 2022, we have two Jumpstart Fellows who are facilitating all Jumpstart after-school sessions from and four SSRP Fellows that will plan and manage research tracks for groups of 8 students and scientist track mentors. We are no longer recruiting RockEDU Fellows for the 2022 year. 
      • Advocates support the Jumpstart Scholars through one-on-one mentorship check-ins and guidance throughout their time in Jumpstart and the SSRP in spring and summer 2022.
      • Presenters support the SSRP by contributing a specific talk, skills-based tutorial, etc. at a designated point for a research track, a core course session, a career panel, etc. during the SSRP in summer 2022. These opportunities will be posted in May-June 2022.

We hope this opportunity will allow you build skills and experiences in ways and time commitments that fit with your current schedule. If you don’t see a perfect role listed for you, please still reach out to RockEDU at outreach@rockefeller.edu.


Learn about the Jumpstart & SSRP Structure:

In spring 2022, 16 Jumpstart scholars will be welcomed from underserved communities across NYC. They will work afterschool with two Jumpstart Fellows to learn scientific skills and build cohesion and science identity within the Rockefeller community.

In summer 2022, the Jumpstart scholars will be joined by 16 summer scholars will participate in on-campus programming designed to promote a deepened understanding of biomedical research, and its relationship with society. Components of the SSRP include:

Core Sessions: Regularly scheduled throughout the week, all SSRPv students participate in sessions designed to showcase the vast diversity in experimental approach, with a focus on the Styles of Scientific Reasoning, while integrating important social, political, and economic discussions related to science. Invited speakers for these events include Rockefeller Heads of Lab and their trainees.

Research Tracks: Groups of 8 SSRP students will be assigned to a research track, to be mentored in a specific scientific discipline by a team of scientist-mentors actively conducting research at The Rockefeller University. In small, highly supported group settings, students will learn the foundations and experimental techniques necessary to carry out their own research project that builds on their own assets and inspiration and allows them to experience iteration in their own scientific ideas.