The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. SRMP students conduct authentic scientific studies in one of two tracks: Physical Science or Life Science. Students in the Life Science major have the opportunity to conduct research on a broad variety of topics including cultural and biological anthropology, conservation science, evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics, taxonomy, and systematics. Physical Science students can conduct research in Earth and Planetary Science and Astrophysics. Students interested in applying to SRMP must first take three Research AMNH courses in our After School Program. 


Research AMNH Courses are prerequisites for SRMP

*NEW for 2017-18 Academic Year!

  • SRMP has two research tracks: Life Science and Physical Science
  • To be eligible to apply to SRMP, students must have completed or be on track to complete 3 Research AMNH courses.
  • When applying to SRMP, applicants must indicate if they wish to be considered for a Life Science project, a Physical science project, or both. To be considered for either track, students must have taken both Life and Physical Research classes. For example:
    • Completed 3 Life Science courses = You are only eligible to apply for a Life Science SRMP project
    • Completed 2 Life Science courses + 1 Physical Science course = You are eligible to apply for a Life Science OR a Physical Science SRMP project
  • Please note that completion of three courses does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Breakdown of classes by research track:
    • Physical Science Classes: Wonderful Universe; Stars; Secrets of the Solar System; Dynamic Earth
    • Life Science Classes: Mechanisms of Evolution; Tree of Life; Molecular Genetics; Research Methods in Conservation Biology; Human Origins; Culture, Language, and Society in the 21st Century; Digital Archaeology

Students who are accepted into SRMP 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.
  • Participation in our annual Student Research Colloquium

Benefits of SRMP:

  • Opportunity to conduct a real research project
  • Join a community of students, scientists, and educators passionate about science
  • Exposure to careers in science
  • Develop a professional relationship with scientists at the museum
  • College prep opportunities, including free Kaplan test prep courses, visits to college campuses, and college application support
  • Stipend
  • Continuing support for SRMP Alumni

SRMP is now accepting applications.

The application package consists of one online form and four paper documents.

Online form: Please follow this link to complete the SRMP online application

Paper Documents: Click here for details on what to submit and how.

Click Here for a Description of Projects from the SRMP Class of 2017



Support for the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History is provided by Christopher C. Davis, The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund; The Pinkerton Foundation; the Bezos Family Foundation; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation; Inc.; and the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation.

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

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