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.