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The MagLab is funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida.

Middle School Mentorship

Middle schoolers during a mentoring activity

In this program, students from participating middle schools in Leon County, Florida, have the chance to conduct a semester-long research project at the MagLab.

Mentorship is a professional, working alliance in which individuals work together over time to support the personal and professional growth, development, and success of the mentor and mentee by providing career and personal support.

The program shows them how real-world science is conducted and what kinds of careers they could pursue in the field.

Each mentorship begins with an orientation at the lab, where students meet the Magnet Lab researchers who will be their mentors. For the rest of the semester, students spend every Friday morning in a laboratory setting working on a science project. The 10-week experience culminates in a public presentation of their research attended by lab scientists and researchers, teachers, parents and the general public.

The information collected in the application process will not be shared with any third parties; it is necessary in order to contact our applicants once they have been accepted. View our Internet privacy policy.

  1. Applications will be up in April 2023.
  2. Parent or legal guardian must download and complete a consent form which can be returned by scanning or photographing the document and returned by email to

For more information contact Carlos R. Villa at (850) 644-7191.


Application deadline: August 31, 2023.

Program runs: September - December.

Last modified on 26 January 2023