• 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 Rockefeller University's Learning at the Bench After-School Program (LAB-ASP)

Overview of LAB

The LAB Initiative will support a group of NYC high school students in an after-school program to study the microbiome of food. Students participating in this after school program will work within an authentic research environment and interact directly with scientists. During this time, students will participate in a series of interactive lectures and hands-on demonstrations that will discuss the underpinnings of microbiology, genetics, and bioinformatics, and provide a broad understanding of the scientific method and experimental design.

Upon successful completion of the LAB-ASP, participating students will be able to earn a spot in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP), which meets for 7 weeks during the summer (June 27th - August 11th, 2016). In this program LAB-ASP students will build upon their knowledge, and conduct an independent research project in one of the 73 laboratories at Rockefeller.

Students participating in the LAB-ASP and SSRP will have multiple opportunities to discuss long-term career goals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition to research, LAB-ASP scientists will be available to answer questions about college applications, college majors, and college readiness.

All students who are admitted into the LAB-ASP will be eligible to receive up to a $250 stipend for their participation. In addition, students will receive monthly metrocards for the duration of the program.

For more information on the SSRP, please visit the SSRP information page.

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LAB Program Announcements

  • Scientists of New York

    We're excited to have launched our series: Scientists of New York (SoNY). Scientists come from a huge variety of backgrounds. Through SoNY, we hope to change the stereotypical perceptions of what a scientist looks like and highlight the diversity of STEM professionals in NYC. Click here to check out SoNY: http://incubator.rockefeller.edu/category/scientistsofnewyork/

    Learning at the Bench (LAB) Initiative


Eligible applicants for this program must meet all these criteria:

  • Students must be enrolled in a NYC high school
  • Students must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program  
  • Students must also commit to participating for the entirety of the fourteen-week program  
  • Eligible students should demonstrate a sincere interest in science, which must be reflected by official school coursework

Application Instructions

Students must be nominated by a teacher or community leader in order to apply. Only students who are nominated will be sent a link to the LAB-ASP application. Student nominations will be available starting in September, and the final student application must be received in mid-December.

All applications will be considered. Students who demonstrate strong academic potential and a passion for science will be invited for an interview on The Rockefeller University campus. Applicants can expect to learn of the decision by February.

Nominee's may click here  for details about the application process. 

LAB-ASP Information at a Glance

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March - June

  • Excludes spring recess week 

Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: The Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach and Education Laboratory

LAB-ASP Partners

In addition to Rockefeller scientists, LAB-ASP students will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Chris Mason from Weill Cornell Medical College, who is spearheading MetaSub, a crowdsourced microbiome project to understand the microbial portrait of cities all over the globe.  Furthermore, LAB-ASP students will also have access to New York Genome Center’s (NYGC) educational resources, and will occasionally visit the NYGC laboratories, as well as participate in on site workshops. 

Additional Information