Partners in Science

For over 30 years, Liberty Science Center's Partners in Science program has provided an intensive, eight-week summer experience for 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.

Partners in Science allows rising junior and senior students to investigate questions driving scientific discovery in professional laboratory settings. Our students develop a network of advisers and lifelong connections that help them identify and focus their career goals.

In addition to Partners in Science, our new Pathways program allows rising freshmen and sophomore students to conduct research at Liberty Science Center as they work collaboratively with staff to propose an addition to an existing guest experience with the inclusion of scientific research.

This year's application process has finished. Thank you to all who applied!

To be considered for Partners in Science or Pathways, students must:

  • Be in high school, or a rising freshman.
  • Exhibit outstanding abilities and serious interest in STEM.
  • Be available to participate 40 hours per week from the beginning of July to the end of August.
  • Exhibit the maturity level needed to work with science professionals.
  • Arrange transportation to the research site.
  • Attend all bimonthly instructional workshops at Liberty Science Center.
  • Present work at Liberty Science Center to staff, peers, mentors, teachers, and parents at a symposium at the end of August.

Sponsor a Student

Partners in Science is generously supported by contributions from individuals and corporations. Offer a direct hand to a talented young scientist by sponsoring one or more students. To support this program, please contact us at 201.253.1327 or

Support provided by Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, Northeastern Chemical Association, and New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.