• Pinkerton Science Scholars

    We are excited to share that with the Pinkerton Foundation's generous support all of our student participants - current and alumni - are officially Pinkerton Science Scholars. We are consistently inspired by our community of scholars! 


    For more information on the Pinkerton Foundation's support, please see this press release: http://www.thepinkertonfoundation.org/news/pinkerton-expands-science-mentoring-for-high-school-scholars

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
  • Welcome to the new Consortium site!

    Check out the website's new look. You'll find we have changed not only our look but also our content with updated information about our programs, press, social media and most importantly how to get involved. Enjoy exploring our new and improved website!

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
  • Congrats Class of 2016!

    Congrats to all our scholars who are graduating high school this year! As Director of Youth Learning and Research at AMNH, Dr. Preeti Gupta, stated at this year's Student Research Colloquium: "You are all not ordinary students. You have each made significant contributions to the field of science." We know that you each will continue to lead the future of STEM! 

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium

The Zuckerman Institute’s Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia (BRAINYAC) Program

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

    Check out the story of one of our scholars, Gabriela, sharing about her experience in the BRAINYAC program: http://www.studentresearchnyc.org/gabriela!


    Stay tuned for more updates soon!



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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