Overview of SRMP

The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) offers NYC high school students the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists. These research project cover topics such as conservation biology, evolution, genetics, anthropology, astronomy, astrophysics, earth, and planetary sciences.  Students interested in applying for an academic year-long science research experience must first take three After School Program Science Research courses offered at the museum, which are open to 10th-12th graders. These courses prepare students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for doing scientific research. 

Once accepted to the program, students participate in a 3-week summer institute focused on statistics, lab skills and field experiences.  In the fall, SRMP students begin work with their mentors on their research projects, which continue through the academic year.  There are also required monthly advisory sessions that include guest speakers, skills development, college prep information, and assistance in developing their research papers and presentations.  Additional opportunities for trips to partner institutions as well as college trips are available to research students. 

SRMP Program Announcements

  • Congrats to our class of 2016 graduates!

    Congrats to the American Museum of Natural History's SRMP scholars who graduated from the program on June 9th! We could not be more impressed with the level of scholarship and your dedication to science over the last 9 months! ‪

    Science Research Mentoring Program


Eligible applicants for this program must meet all these criteria:

  • Applicants must live within the 5 boroughs of NYC. 
  • Students that have already fulfilled or will fulfill the Science Research Course requirement by June
  • Students in 10th or 11th grade 

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


Application Instructions

To Apply for the Science Research Mentoring Program you must complete the online application here and complete the supplemental documents located on the SRMP website. Both will be accessible on the SRMP website when available for the next program year.

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

Concentration Areas

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

More information about AMNH SRMP research courses can be found here.

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