Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Science and Technology (formerly Prince William), Fairfax Campuses and Potomac Science Center of George Mason University located?
See map at

Is housing available for summer interns?
All students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

My student cannot be present for a week, month, etc of the session/needs to start late/ end early/miss orientation/go visit relatives for a week/ miss the poster session-can they still participate?  Full participation in the entire program is required and is necessary for students to complete their research; thus students may not schedule time away during the program.

How and when are candidates selected?
Applications are reviewed by participating mentors during the last part of February. Highly qualified candidates are scheduled for interviews to be conducted in March. Students are notified of mentor matches in early April and are expected to accept offers by mid-April.

Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation to complete my application?
No, only students who are selected for an interview will be asked to submit an electronic letter of recommendation completed by a teacher or school administrator.

Can I select a mentor to work with?
Students are highly encouraged to list up to 4 faculty mentors that they are interested in working with. We will attempt to pair selected candidates with mentors based on their interest as determined by the student's application. Learn more about participating mentors at

What hours will I be working?
Program hours are 9:00am-5: 00 pm Monday through Friday.

How old do I have to be to participate in the program?
Safety regulations require applicants to be 16 years old as of the first day of the program each year.  Students who will not be 16 are invited to apply to alternate research related summer sessions which will be posted in February 2019.

Additionally, students interested in working with certain other labs listed on the 2019 mentors' page must be 18 years old and enrolled in a post-secondary institution to meet safety requirements.

Are all laboratories located at George Mason University sites?
Students mentored by  Dr. Jennfier Barrett will conduct research at the Virginia Tech Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia.

How many times can I participate in the program?
Students may participate in the program 3 times.

Will lunch be provided?
Students are responsible for their own lunch. Randall's Café, Mum Mum's Thai Restaurant, and Subway are located on the Science and Technology Campus and there are multiple food choices on the Fairfax Campus for students who wish to purchase lunches. Potomac Science Center students must bring their own lunch.

Do I have to pay to participate in the program?
No, this program is free for participants; only a $25 application fee is required and the fee may be waived