The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is a global museum in one of the most diverse cities in the world, and we are committed to building an inclusive youth community that reflects that diversity. We believe in addressing the barriers that prevent everyone from equally participating in science, particularly on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation. We invite high school students across our five boroughs to experience science in a way that is creative, social, and relevant.
The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) is a one year after school research program for high school students in NYC. Our goal is to increase access to science fields and careers for NYC high school students by providing authentic science research opportunities and meaningful mentorship. We believe that conducting high-quality scientific research while in high school improves scholars’ personal growth and increases opportunities for success long term. We strive to create a supportive community that values each scholar’s unique strengths, challenges, and motivations.
Students work directly with scientists at AMNH doing hands-on, authentic research. SRMP works across all fields of science represented at the museum, including cultural anthropology, invertebrate zoology, herpetology, ornithology, conservation science, astrophysics, earth and planetary science, and more.
The SRMP year runs from August through June. In August, students take part in the SRMP Summer Institute on Data Science and Fieldwork. During the school year, students work with their mentors twice/week after school and attend additional monthly advisories. Their research experience culminates in a Research Colloquium in June where they present their work through scientific posters and research presentations.