Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Science and Technology (formerly Prince William) and Fairfax Campuses of George Mason University located?
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Is housing available for summer interns?
All students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

How are candidates selected?
Applications are reviewed by participating mentors. Highly qualified candidates are scheduled for an interview.

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 3 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-5:00pm Monday through Friday.

How old do I have to be to participate in the program?
Applicants must be 16 years old as of the first day of the program each year. Additionally, students interested in working with Dr. Kylene Kehn-Hall, Dr. Ramin Hakami, Dr. Ancha Baranova, Dr. Michael Estep, and Dr. Aybike Birerdinc must be 18 years old and enrolled in a post secondary institution to meet safety requirements.

Are all laboratories located at George Mason University?
Students mentored by Dr. Ancha Baranova, Dr. Michael Estep, or Dr. Aybike Birerdinc will conduct research at Inova Fairfax Hospital. 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.

Do I have to pay to participate in the program?
No, this program is free. However, no stipends are available for interns.