High school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students can apply for a research fellowship during the academic year at our Maine and Connecticut campuses.
The Jackson Laboratory welcomes applications from high school juniors and seniors, and undergraduate students interested in a research fellowship during the academic year.
A limited number of in-person, hybrid, and fully-remote research opportunities are available with researchers at our Maine and Connecticut campuses. Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Most academic year research projects start in the fall and continue through late spring. Application guidelines and fellowship requirements are described below.
Students join a JAX research group and learn and practice the technical skills necessary to become a productive member of the research team. They also develop personal skills including, problem-solving, effective scientific communication, time management, and teamwork. Working with their mentor, students design an independent research project within the scope of the lab’s ongoing research program. Mentors include JAX faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and other biomedical research professionals. Over the course of the fellowship, students will experience all aspects of research, from experimental design, to data analysis, to reporting results. Fellows will meet with lab members and with program staff to share results, learn new skills, and build their community of student scientists.
High school students must be enrolled as a junior or senior in good standing at a high school within commuting distance of the Jackson Laboratory campus in either Farmington, CT or Bar Harbor, ME. High school students are invited to apply for in-person or hybrid fellowships. Only students 16 years and older may apply. High school students must commit to the fellowship for a full academic year; partial year fellowships cannot be accommodated. All fellows must spend a minimum of 180 hours at the Laboratory as part of the fellowship. Concurrent to a JAX academic year fellowship, students must be enrolled in an independent study or student research program for which credit is awarded (see Academic Credit, above).
College students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing with their home institution. Undergraduates are invited to apply for in-person, hybrid, or remote fellowships. Admissions preference is given to undergraduate applicants who can commit to a year-long academic project. All fellows must spend a minimum of 180 hours at the Laboratory as part of the fellowship experience. Concurrent to a JAX academic year fellowship, students must be enrolled in an independent study or student research program for which credit is awarded.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and most fellowships will be awarded in the fall semester. Students must submit an online application form, including a current transcript and teacher recommendation.
Laura Muller, Ph.D.
Program Director, Undergraduate and STEM Education
Sarah Wojiski, Ph.D.