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Jumpstart & SSRP: Summer Science Research Program

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.

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.

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.

  • The RockEDU Fellows program represents a dedicated & structured initiative for scientists to develop mentorship and teaching skills through a consistent series of workshops, discussions, and direct mentoring experience. This is designed to guide scientists along a theory-to-practice path culminating in leading a research track team of scientist mentors and students through the process of science in summer 2022 and disseminating successful elements of this work on RockEDU Online. Applications are open now and close 11/8/21 at noon (updated).
    • Two Jumpstart Fellows will plan and facilitate all Jumpstart afterschool sessions March 1 through June 14, 2021.
    • Four SSRP Fellows will plan and manage a research track for a group of track mentors and 8 students.
  • 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. Advocates will be recruited in February 2022.
  • Track 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 be recruited in February 2022 for intermittent spring planning that leads to student mentorship in 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. For example, opportunities include mentoring students, practicing teaching in various online capacities, communicating your science to a broader audience, designing or supporting the development of projects suitable for scientists-in-training, and more! If you don’t see a perfect role listed for you, please still reach out to RockEDU at

For the students, your contributions will broaden the scientists and mentors they can meet and connect with, introducing them to a broader range of who can be a scientist and what a job or career trajectory in science can look like. It will allow the students’ tracks to cover their topic from a range of scientists with different interests and experiences related to the project topic.