What is Stony Brook’s Garcia Summer Research Program?

The Garcia Summer Research Program hosted at Stony Brook’s Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces allows high school students to research polymer science and technology. Accepted students will work alongside other high school students, undergraduates, teachers, and the Garcia Center faculty to explore their interests, determine their future careers, and obtain more knowledge of science in general. From the end of June to mid-August, this seven-week program allows students to complete research independently and create projects with the research they receive on polymers. The research is centered around tissue engineering, biomaterials, drug delivery systems, sustainable energy, nanocomposites, and, recently, additive manufacturing. They will be able to compete in national competitions and publish in scientific journals with the research results they made throughout this program.

Along with researching, students will be able to create friendships and ever-lasting memories with the many activities that this program provides for students during their free time. 

Who is Garcia Summer Research Program looking for?

  • Must be the age of 16 by June 4th
  • Altruistic students who show special skills with outstanding leadership
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.8
  • Standardized test scores at the 60th percentile
  • Taken at least 3 of the following classes in either standard, honors, or AP: English, Chemistry, Mathematics/Calculus, Physics, Biology


  • $50 for the mandatory non-refundable application fee 
  • $2500 for Laboratory usage fee
  • Housing and Meal Plans vary on the applicants

How to apply?

  • All of the following must be sealed in an envelope and mailed to Stony Brook University:  Garcia Summer Research Program Application
  • Transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendations (One must be from a teacher in the Science Department)
  • Letter of Recommendation Cover Sheet
  • Check with the application fee

What to do Once Accepted into the Program?

Accepted applicants will meet with other applicants around the country and different parts of the world at Stony Brook. The first three days of the program will discuss lab safety and pass an exam to be allowed into the laboratory. After, there will be daily lectures on the research they will be studying at the program before they will be able to work on it. Near the middle of the program, the students will be grouped based on their field of interest with mentors. With the knowledge they gain from the mentors and independent research, they will be able to publish results in referred scientific research and compete in national competitions like LISEFNYCSEFNYSSEF, and ISEF

After completing the program, students will have the opportunity to attend the Mentor Program, which will allow them to continue their research throughout the school year. 

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