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High School Students in the Laboratory

In support of Princeton University's education and research mission, the University has a limited number of opportunities for high school students to participate in supervised educational research experiences with Princeton faculty. This selective program is designed to offer students an opportunity to participate actively in state-of-the-art research projects, under the mentorship and supervision of a Princeton faculty member. Information on participating in this program is available through the website of Office of the Dean for Research.

NJ State Law requires that all high school laboratory research experiences need to be clearly identified as educational programs, not work, and meet the New Jersey Department of Labor standards of an educational program in science.

An "educational program in science" is a program in which high school students may participate in science projects or activities in research facilities with the approval of the student's school and under the supervision of adult sponsors at the facilities. NJ State Law requires that an educational program in science include:

  • supervision
  • lab safety training
  • parental consent
  • high school approval for each participant

Princeton University does not permit minors under the age of 16 to participate in educational research experiences. High school students may not be hired to work in laboratories as employees.

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