The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. Students interested in getting accepted for this science research experience must first take three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum.  These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing science research.

Students who are accepted to conduct science research at AMNH must commit to:

  • A three-week summer institute (last three weeks of August.)
  • At least 4 hours/week working in the science lab during the school year.
  • Monthly advisory meetings usually held on a Friday afternoon.

Benefits of SRMP:

Science Research Courses  

  •  Learning lab skills and methods used by AMNH scientists
  •  Opportunity to learn and discuss issues in science
  •  Exposure to the work of scientists at AMNH

Science Mentorship Component

  • Opportunity to contribute to authentic science research
  • Develop a professional relationship with scientists at the museum
  • Opportunity to compete for AMNH’s Science Scholars Award, a prestigious scholarship to partially support college studies of SRMP Alumni
  • College prep opportunities, including free Kaplan test prep courses, visits to college campuses, and college application support
  • Stipend

To Apply for the Science Research Mentoring Program you must complete the online application here and complete the supplemental documents below.


Students can choose between two concentration areas: Physical or Life Sciences. Each concentration area has its own scientific disciplines. Follow the links for each concentration to explore more about AMNH department involved, former and current SRMP research projects, and requirements to apply for one-year mentorship.

Physical Sciences

  • Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences

Life Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Biodiversity and Systematics
  • Conservation Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics and Genomics


Support for this program is generously provided by 
the Pinkerton Foundation, 
the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, 
the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation,
 the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc., 
the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, 
and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.


Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by

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