Learn, earn & explore

Our Summer Student Program provides high school and college students with an opportunity to conduct independent research under the guidance of staff scientists. More than 2,000 students, including three Nobel Laureates, have participated in the program.


Conduct biomedical research independently under the expert tutelage of world-renowned scientists.


Receive a stipend while experiencing real science and research.


Live in a mansion by the sea, climb Mount Katahdin and hike the trails of Acadia National Park.


Admission is competitive, and students of all backgrounds are selected. All students receive a stipend of $4,500 for the 10-week program, including room and board at Highseas.  The cost of round-trip travel between the student’s home and the Laboratory is also provided.

All students are required to attend the entire program. Students with minor date conflicts are encouraged to apply despite the conflicts; JAX staff will assist admitted students in negotiating early release, early finals, etc., to facilitate their on-time participation in the program.  Students with significant date conflicts – such as early departure for overseas study – are encouraged to delay their application for another year.

Important Dates
February 2 – Submission deadline* for applications
Late March – Notification of admission
June 6 – Program begins
August 10 – Summer symposium and graduation


The application deadline is February 2, at 11:59 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time).  All application materials, including the application form and all letters of recommendation, must be submitted before this posted deadline. Application materials received after 12:00 am EST, February 3, will be considered late and may not be reviewed.

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