Students at the Bar Harbor, Maine campus reside at Highseas, a 40-room estate converted to residence hall located on the edge of Acadia National Park. The house was donated to the Laboratory by the Morris Family Estate and has been home to summer students since 1951. Highseas has a curious history and overlooks breathtaking vistas of Frenchman Bay.
Students are typically assigned one to four roommates. No more than six people share a bathroom. Housekeeping services and basic bedroom furniture are provided. House amenities include a large common living room, library, conference room, and music room. Washing machines, dryers and ironing equipment are provided. Students have 24/7 access to the JAX fitness center on the research campus.
All food services are provided, including self-serve breakfast, lunch at the laboratory's Roscoe's Café, and dinner at Highseas. On weekends, the designated "kitchen crew" comprised of 4-5 students prepares a meal with support from the residential staff. Residence staff include a professional Resident Supervisor and a team of Residential Advisors who are alumni of the SSP.
Though van transportation is available in inclement weather, students are encouraged to travel on their own, as Highseas is within walking or biking distance from the Laboratory, Acadia National Park, and the village of Bar Harbor. Nearby recreational activities include hiking, biking, shopping and sampling the offerings of local restaurants. On weekends, longer excursions are generally arranged; students have the opportunity to bike, hike, and explore other towns on the island.
Students at the Farmington, Conn. campus are housed at the University of St. Joseph, a private university located close to JAX Genomic Medicine.
Summer students live in the North Dormitory of The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) as a critical part of their internship experience. This loft-like dormitory is located five miles from JAX-GM and has all modern amenities, including a common kitchen and bathroom, a living room space and separate bedrooms. Students have 24/7 access to the JAX fitness center on the research campus, as well as access to fitness and rec facilities at USJ. The North Dormitory overlooks USJ’s beautiful campus, situated close to a vibrant downtown West Hartford and several popular cultural centers. The residence life team includes a JAX Residence Supervisor and Resident Advisor, who help support the development of a close-knit, scholarly community.
Meals are generally be provided in the USJ dining hall located just next to the North Dormitory. Housekeeping services and basic bedroom furniture are provided. Summer students also have many opportunities for offsite activities in West Hartford and the surrounding areas including Bishops Corner and Blue Back Square. They may be opportunities to go to Boston or visit New York City.