The Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) provides an opportunity for high-school juniors and seniors to work on a year-long independent research project in astrophysics under the guidance of a CfA astrophysicist. Students learn what it is actually like to conduct real, cutting-edge research and work closely with living scientists from diverse backgrounds. 

Outline of the program

  • Do real science with a Harvard astrophysicist.
  • 10 students, paired up with 5 mentors.
  • Program runs throughout the school year: September - end of May.
  • 2 meetings a week, 2 hours each time.
  • Monthly advisory meetings with the director and all students.
  • Students meet with their mentors at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • At the end of the year, students will present their research in talks and posters as part of a symposium at Harvard.
  • Laptops provided.
  • Stipends provided by the City of Cambridge.
  • Free.

See "Mentoring" tab for information about the application process for this program. For more information, contact Dr. Or Graur directly at

This program is supported in part by an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship under award AST-1602595, the City of Cambridge, the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, members of Rotary Cambridge, and generous individuals. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.