Position Description

Partners in Science 2021 (High School Students Only)
Location LSC - Jersey City
Job Code 582
# of openings 40
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PLEASE NOTE: The Partners in Science Program is for High School students ONLY .

Application Requirements

The following items are required to apply to the 2021 Partners in Science Program:

  1. Completed online application including a resume;
  2. Responses to brief questions and essays (see online application).
  3. Your response for highest education level must be High School
  4. Recommendation forms filled out by two different references by March 26, 2021

Upon submitting the application, you will receive a link for the reference recommendation forms. 

Once we have received all documents, a panel will review all applications. All applications will be evaluated on their areas of studies, experience in research and/or lab techniques, recommendation letters, essays, etc. We will notify selected students who will proceed into the interview rounds.  

After the interviews, the panel will continue to narrow the candidates and select students that will continue into the final round of interview with a potential mentor.  

The mentor will make the final decision on whether the candidate is officially selected to participate in the 2021 Partners in Science program. 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Partners in Science program, a student must:

  1. Return a completed application by Friday, March 20th, 2021;
  2. Must be a High School student;
  3. Complete 10 th or 11 th grade by June 2021;
  4. Must be 16 years of age as of July 1, 2021;
  5. Submit Recommendation forms by Friday, March 26th, 2021;
  6. Be fully available from June 25 - August 18, 2021;
  7. Have a keen interest in science and technology;
  8. Possess a maturity level appropriate for a professional lab environment.


Program Overview -   June 25 – August 18, 2021

Now in its 35 th year, Liberty Science Center’s Partners in Science program takes students beyond textbooks and school-based labs by immersing them in authentic scientific research conducted by professional scientists.


What is Partners in Science?

An intensive, eight-week summer experience for rising high school juniors and seniors, the program pairs students with mentors in science, health, and technical fields and challenges them to participate in ongoing research and independent projects. Through Partners in Science, students are exposed to current questions driving scientific discovery in real laboratory settings.  Additionally, they develop a network of advisors and lifelong connections that may help them identify and focus their career goals. Those accepted to Partners in Science receive a $1000 stipend. To receive a stipend, students must have a valid Social Security Number. Internships will be available in-person at mentor’s facility and/or virtual .


What subject can I research?

Opportunities vary from year to year, and available research options are not limited to specific areas. Students have studied topics such as:

Food Science                           Ecology

Environmental Science              Physics

Microbiology                            Genetics

Medicine and Health                 Chemistry

Computer Science                    Engineering

Materials Science                     Biology

Mathematics                           Astronomy


What is expected of students?

  1. Demonstrate a strong interest in science and technology, be active in school, and possess the appropriate maturity to work in a professional research environment.
  2. Commit to participating 40 hours a week for eight weeks (June 25 – August 18) and be able to get to and from the research facility.
  3. Attend Partners in Science orientation on June 25.
  4. Present work to staff, peers, mentors, teachers, and parents during the final symposium on August 18th.


What will happen after I apply?

Applications close on Friday, March 20th, 2021. Once your application has been processed, you will be emailed a link to submit your two completed recommendation forms from two references. Recommendation forms must be submitted by Friday, March 26th, 2021. Once an applicant’s letters of recommendation have been received, a panel will review your application. All applicants will be evaluated on their areas of studies, experience including research and lab skills, as well as the quality and content of personal essays and recommendation letters. After all applicants are reviewed, selected applicants will be notified and proceed onto the initial interview round at Liberty Science Center.   

How do I submit my personal essays?

Essays are to be submitted through the application. Please attach your essays as a pdf document saved as "Full Name Partners in Science 2021 Essays."

How do I submit my recommendation form?

Upon submission of your application, a link will be emailed to you for submission of your letters of recommendation.

Will all applicants be interviewed?

No. Selected applicants will be invited to the initial interviews. A panel will then select from those applicants who will continue on to the final interviews with potential members.

What should I expect from the initial interview?

Applicants will be interviewed at Liberty Science Center by members of the review panel. These interviews will include both individual and group interviews as well as a writing assessment. This process is designed to evaluate applicants on their STEM knowledge, personal skills, essay question, presentation skills, etc. 

Are parents or guardians allowed to attend the interview?


What should I expect from the mentor interview?

The mentor interview will be with a potential mentor. The interview will be at the mentor’s research facility. 

How will applicants be paired with a mentor?

After the initial round of interviews is complete, a panel will review the applicant pool and match students with potential mentors by reviewing the applicant’s experience, interests, and acceptable travel radius. Selected applicants will then be interviewed by the proposed mentor to ensure compatibility. 

Who has the final selection process for applicants?  

Final selection is decided by the proposed mentor. 

How will I be notified of acceptance into the program?  

In May, an email will be sent with your acceptance letter and further details about the program.

Can I request a specific mentor, project or research facility?

Besides the preferences requested in the formal application process, applicants are unable to request a specific mentor, project or location.

After acceptance, may I change mentors, projects or research facilities?

Accepted applicants are unable to change mentors, projects, or research facilities. By agreeing to participate in the program, applicants agree to work with their assigned mentor on their project. 

Where would the internship take place?

The internships will either take place virtually or at the mentor’s facility.  If virtually, the students must be available Monday - Friday, according to the mentor’s schedule, to be available for meetings, research, from 9a - 5p.  If in person, the students must be able to commute Monday- Friday to the mentor’s facility.  The schedule is subject to change according to the mentor’s needs. 

Is this a paid program?

Upon completion of the program, participants will be awarded a $1,000 stipend.

I have a vacation planned during the program, can I still participate?

Due to the rigorous nature of the program, absences spanning greater than three consecutive days cannot be accommodated. Applicants who cannot commit to this constraint may not be considered for placement. If accepted into the program, any participants who miss four consecutive days or more may be removed from the program and will not be awarded a stipend. 

When is orientation? Is it mandatory?

A mandatory orientation will be held on Thursday, June 25th, 2021 for all accepted applicants. This orientation is designed to promote teamwork, discuss safety, refine lab skills and familiarize participants with the program. 

If accepted, what is required of me?

Between June 25, 2021 and August 18, 2021, participants are required to:

  1. Work five days a week ( 35-40 hours/week ) at their assigned research sites, under the supervision of the mentors and professional research staff.  Each student will engage in new research, assist in ongoing research, or verify work already completed.
  2. Attend instructional sessions designed to enhance their career and presentation skills.  Workshops focus on technical writing, effective oral presentations, and developing research skills. In addition, students work on their resume and learn how to use their research experience to strengthen college applications and enhance science fair projects.
  3. Write a scientific paper on the topic with which they are involved, guided by scientist-mentors and Partners in Science staff.
  4. Present their work to peers, family, teachers, and mentors during the final symposium event on August 18, 2021 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

I don’t see my question here. Where can I get more information?

Please send all inquiries about the program to partnersinscience@lsc.org.

*Dates are subject to change.


Admissions decisions are made without regard to race, color, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, or disability.