Overview of BRAINYAC

The Zuckerman Institute’s Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia (BRAINYAC) program is an immersive science research experience, where our scientists open their doors to high school students to do six weeks of mentored neuroscience research.

The BRAINYAC program starts in January with Saturday training sessions, which run through April, at Columbia University Medical Center. During this time, students are prepared for lab research and focus on neuroscience content and basic lab skills. In July, students are matched with scientists in neuroscience laboratories at Columbia University for six weeks of one-on-one mentored research.

BRAINYAC receives generous support from the Pinkerton Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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BRAINYAC Program Announcements

  • Scholar Stories: Gabriela

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Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in one of the following:
    • Lang Youth Medical Program
    • State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP)
    • Double Discovery Center at Columbia College
    • Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, & Engineering
  • Current sophomores or juniors
  • 16 years of age or older by the start of the summer session.

At this time the BRAINYAC program only accepts applications from students nominated by the above partner programs. Unfortunately we cannot consider outside applications. To learn more about other internship programs for high school students in the New York City area, please visit:

New York City Science and Engineering Fair: Student Resources
The Rockefeller University: Science Enrichment Opportunities
NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium