The Rockefeller University's LAB Jumpstart

Overview of LAB

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.

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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 Jumpstart 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 Jumpstart 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 Jumpstart Partners

In addition to Rockefeller scientists, LAB Jumpstart 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. 

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