LAB Jumpstart - formerly the LAB After-School Program (LAB ASP) - supports 16 NYC high school students in a combined after-school and summer science research experience. Serving students from underserved communities, this program aims to 'jumpstart' the development of research skills and exposure to laboratory culture. This occurs through initial small-group training, followed by an immersive mentored research experience in a Rockefeller laboratory. To accomplish all of this, LAB Jumpstart spans March through August.
The spring after-school sessions (March - June) provide initial small-group training to students, starting with fundamental laboratory skills and practices, progressing into technical tools and research skills that the students will use in their mentored laboratory research. This instruction is facilitated by dedicated scientists and educators, as well as several guest scientist contributors.
The summer full-time immersive research experience (June - August) centers around a 7-week laboratory placement where participants are given the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under close mentorship of trained Rockefeller scientists. This occurs in conjunction with the highly selective Summer Science Research Program (SSRP information page).
Students participating in LAB Jumpstart and SSRP will have multiple opportunities to discuss long-term career goals in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition to research, LAB Jumpstart scientists will be available to answer questions about college applications, college majors, and college readiness.
All students who are admitted into the LAB Jumpstart 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.