Summer Student Program

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, ME.
Type Basic Science Research, High School Students


The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts.

Under the guidance of a mentor, students integrate into an ongoing research program, develop an independent project, implement their plan, analyze the data and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers and parents.

Each year, the program consists of about 45 students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere.

The Summer Student Program is available at The Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine) and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (Farmington, Conn.).  Both campuses are unique and offer access to a variety of extracurricular activities.  Students in Farmington have access to Boston and New York; students in Bar Harbor work adjacent to Acadia National Park.


At the time of participation in the program, a high school student must

  • have completed Grade 11 or Grade 12;
  • be at least 16 years old; and
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

At the time of participation in the program, a college student must

  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student;
  • have at least one semester of undergraduate school remaining before graduation; and
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

More Information

Ms. Randi O’Rourke
Education Office, Education Office
Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1500
Phone: 207-288-6749