What is the application process?
Research projects that are accepting student applications are posted on the Laboratory Learning Program website. After reviewing the available research opportunities, the student should complete and submit an online application for the Laboratory Learning Program. Applications submitted by US mail rather than online must be postmarked by March 15 and submitted to the Office of the Dean for Research (application form for US mail submission .pdf).
Each student may submit only one application in which up to two opportunities of interest are selected. During the application review process, an applicant or his or her references may be contacted for additional information. Application decisions will be communicated to the student using the email address provided in the application. Students who are offered an opportunity will be required to submit additional forms and information in order to enter the program, including a parental consent form and a high school nomination form.
Approvals will be communicated to the mentoring faculty member and the participating student by email. The approval letter will also specify laboratory safety training that must be completed prior to beginning the research experience.
What are the application deadlines and program dates?
Application – The application period for 2017 will be open February 1 to March 15, 2017.
Application Deadline – March 15, 2017. Online applications must be submitted by midnight U.S. eastern time; mail in applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2017.
Admission Decisions for Summer 2017 – All decisions will be communicated by May 31, 2017.
– Research activities take place during normal business hours daily. Most opportunities require a commitment of at least 7 weeks during the summer. Review individual opportunities for details.
What fields of study will be offered?
The Laboratory Learning Program is limited to research projects in the natural sciences and engineering. In past years, the majority of the opportunities have been in engineering and physical sciences. Past research opportunities in a particular field do not guarantee future opportunities in that field. Historically, there have been very few research projects in the life sciences.
Does the program provide housing or transportation?
The Laboratory Learning Program is not a summer camp-style program. Students must have their own housing and reliable transportation to and from Princeton University. All research projects are located in Princeton, NJ. There are no high school research opportunities in other US or international locations. Public transportation, train and bus, is available in Princeton. The majority of program participants come from the surrounding communities.
Is there a fee for the program?
There are no fees for participation in the program.
Is academic credit offered to participants in the Laboratory Learning Program?
The Laboratory Learning Program is an educational program for the benefit of the student. Students do not receive academic credit or other Princeton University credentials following participation in this program. Participation in the Laboratory Learning Program will not increase a student's chances of being accepted into Princeton University as an undergraduate.
Who is eligible?
- Students must be 16 years of age or older by June 15, 2017 for the 2017 application period.
- Students must be enrolled in high school. Students who will have graduated before the summer research begins are not eligible. Students who have graduated from high school but have not yet turned 18 by June 15, 2017 may apply.
- All students must have their own housing and reliable transportation to and from the research settings. The Laboratory Learning Program is not a summer camp. For this reason, most of the LLP students come from the central NJ region.
- Students must be US citizens, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), or international students currently in the United States attending a U.S. high school.
- Specific research opportunities may have additional eligibility criteria.
At Princeton University, we believe that the highest levels of research, scholarship, and teaching are obtained only through the combined participation of people with a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. For this reason, the University welcomes under-represented and socio-economically disadvantaged students and faculty and provides an environment that embraces all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities.
Are there exceptions to the eligibility criteria?
Was my application received?
Upon submitting the online application, you will be taken to a completion screen that states your application was successfully submitted. In addition, you will receive an email confirmation at the address provided in the application. If required fields are left blank or incorrectly filled out at the time of attempted submission, the application will not progress to the completion screen. You may see a notice at the top of the page that the CAPTCHA was successful, but this does not indicate that the application was submitted. Go back through the application to correct all required fields and resubmit the form. Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to look up and confirm the status of individual submissions.
How many applications do you receive each year?
During each of the past two years, over 500 applications were received.
After my application is submitted, can I change my selections or other information?
No. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to change the selections listed in your application or any other information. Do not submit more than one application. Multiple applications for the same individual will not be considered.
Can I submit supplemental materials, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts?
No. Do not send in any supplemental materials, they will not be accepted.
Is there a training requirement?
Yes. All participants must attend Laboratory Safety Training provided by Princeton University Environmental Health and Safety before they are allowed to begin. This should be completed in the weeks between receiving an offer and prior to the scheduled start date. In addition to laboratory safety training, specialized training may be required, depending on the nature of the research.
When is training offered and what is the registration process?
Training is offered the second Friday of every month from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Additional sessions are scheduled late spring and early summer. The faculty advisor can check the schedule online and inform the student. Accepted students may attend training in order to complete the steps necessary for final approval. There is no need to register for training – the student can just show up. A list of accepted students will be provided to the safety training staff. Students who have applied, but not yet received acceptance, are not eligible to take safety training.
When is the final report due?
Students must submit a 2-page research summary of their summer project to the Office of the Dean for Research (firstname.lastname@example.org
) by August 31 of the academic year in which the research is completed. The research report should summarize the research question, methods, data, and conclusion of the study. A copy of this report may be provided to the faculty mentor and sponsoring high school.