Now accepting applications for the Class of 2025!
Deadline March 8, 2024.
SRMP (Science Research Mentoring Program) aims to increase access to science fields and careers for NYC high school students by providing authentic science research opportunities and meaningful mentorship. We believe that conducting high-quality scientific research while in high school improves scholars’ personal growth and increases opportunities for success long term.
In our commitment to inclusivity, we actively work to make science accessible to students from every walk of life and background, fostering a diverse and enriching learning environment. We strive to create a supportive community that values each scholar’s unique strengths, challenges, and motivations.
You must be in the 10th or 11th Grade and passing your classes for the last three or more semesters.
You must ALSO meet at least one requirement from the list below:
b) Attend one of the following high schools or partner programs:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBSNYC)
- Breakthrough NY
- Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
- Bronx River High School
- East Harlem Tutoring Program
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School
- Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)
- Henry Street Settlement
- High School for Health Professions
- High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
- Liberty High School
- Manhattan Center for Science and Math
- Pelham Lab High School
- Professional Performing Arts High School
- Renaissance High School
- St. Jean Baptiste High School
- Sunset Park High School
- The Young Women Leadership School
- Uncommon School Network (UCHS, UCC, ULC, UPC)
- Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
- Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School
We particularly encourage students who self-identify as Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and/or first-generation college-bound to apply.
Expect to make SRMP your primary extracurricular activity for the year and be rewarded with a great experience, new skills, deeper knowledge, a strong community, and new perspectives on your path ahead.
The elements of the program include:
- SRMP Summer Institute: August
- Students must participate in a 4-week summer session. In years when in-person gathering is possible, this includes a 4-day experience of fieldwork at Black Rock Forest.
- In summer 2024, Summer Institute will meet August 5-August 31. When meeting at the Museum, the hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm.
- We will meet at the Museum for the weeks of Aug 5-27 then we will travel to Black Rock Forest for an overnight trip from Aug 28-31.
- One-year mentored research experience: September – June
- Students work in small groups of 2-3 students led by a research scientist. Students work on their projects two afternoons during the week after school, for a minimum of two hours per session, with their mentors and partners at the Museum. The research scientist will set the exact schedule.
- We expect our students to make SRMP their primary extracurricular activity. To facilitate scheduling with their mentors and fellow team members, we ask that other activities (e.g., volunteering, clubs, sports) be scheduled around SRMP activities.
- SRMP students participate in mandatory monthly advisory sessions, usually held on Fridays, where they learn about science professions, practice presentation skills, and attend lectures from invited speakers
- SRMP Colloquium: Early June
- SRMP students present a scientific poster and oral presentation about their research in an annual SRMP Symposium. We invite parents, teachers, friends, mentors, and Museum staff to attend this event.
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The application will consist of an information form and a series of short-answer questions. Please think carefully about these questions before submitting your application:
- Tell us about your relationship with Science
- What areas are you interested in and why?
- Have you done any science research before? (in school, after school, summer programs, etc)
- What do you hope to gain from being in SRMP? Why do you want to be in this program?
- Take a look at past projects students have worked on in SRMP. What projects do you imagine yourself enjoying and why?
- What are your other expected time commitments after school next year? How do you plan to make time for this program?
- What does it mean to you to be a good team member? (give specific examples from your experience)
We do not ask for transcripts or letters of recommendation.
Now accepting applications for the Class of 2025!
Deadline March 8, 2024. Apply Now
Frequently Asked Questions
Students start with the Summer Institute in August. In 2024, we expect this to be from Aug 5–Aug 31, meeting Monday - Friday from 10 am-4 pm. We will meet at the Museum for the weeks of Aug 5-27, then we will travel to Black Rock Forest for an overnight trip from Aug 28-31.
During the Summer Institute, students tell us their top choices for a mentor and research project from the list of available projects. In September students and mentors set their schedule for the year. Teams meet twice each week after school. These meetings are often 4-6 pm or 5-7 pm during the week and are scheduled according to the mentor’s availability. We ask students to be flexible in the days of the week they can meet. These meetings go from September through June, with breaks during school breaks.
The whole group also meets one to two times each month on Friday afternoons for workshops and advisory sessions. These include communication workshops, discussions of equity in science, and career exploration.
SRMP has multiple components:
- Summer Institute that meets in August;
- Mentored research that occurs twice per week after school in small groups through the whole school year;
- Workshops and advisory sessions that are held once or twice each month on Friday afternoons.
No, you don't need working papers for this, nor do you need to be a US citizen.
SRMP Class of 2025 includes a special focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in science research! Much of the summer institute will focus on learning about ML/AI, and we'll have many projects available that use these tools in their work. We will also have projects that do not use ML/AI.
Not at all! We don’t even ask for transcripts in the SRMP applications. We do require that you have been passing your classes.
Unfortunately no, you aren't eligible to apply for SRMP this year. Only people who are currently in 10th or 11th grade may apply.
We'll invite people to interview in April, and will share our decisions by the end of May.
Usually about 60 students are accepted into SRMP. It's not random—we evaluate your application and select students that we think will enjoy and learn from the experience. Just like with any program, there is of course an element of luck—we often get more qualified applicants than we can take.
SRMP graduates go on to all kinds of fields and careers. Many pursue careers in science and some go on to be researchers or physicians, and others use their critical thinking and other skills in fields like economics, business, art, literature, etc.–everything!
Absolutely. We value accessibility and work with students around their needs.
Each student works on one project for the year: you will be paired with one mentor and work on their project, so you focus on that one. We do many activities all together where you learn about other projects, and we have many workshops throughout the year to meet scientists and other professionals in a wide range of careers.
Maybe, maybe not. It will depend on the timing of your symposium, and you would have to get your mentor and teammates' permission. It's a possibility, but not a guarantee. We don't recommend doing SRMP specifically for your school's science symposium. You can view it as a possible bonus if it happens to work out :)
We're looking for people who are excited about this program and will take full advantage of what it has to offer. Show us that this is you in your short answer questions. Think carefully about the questions and write detailed answers that show us who you are and why you want to be in the program.
Keep in mind that like most programs there is an element of luck in who gets in. We often get more qualified applicants than we can accept. If you don't get in, know that it's not a reflection of your ability or potential. Keep pushing, and keep applying - to this program and others.