Middle School Mentorships

Middle School Mentorships

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.


At the MagLab, we value the health and safety of our staff, users, visitors and community. At this moment we are looking forward to offer in-person mentorship experience in 2022 with precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We continue to monitor COVID infection rates and the impact of the variants as we plan for our fall programs. If the situation changes, all applicants will be notified and this site will be updated. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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. Complete an online application.
  2. Parent or legal guardian must download and complete a docxconsent form which can be returned by scanning or photographing the document and returned by email to villa@magnet.fsu.edu.

For more information contact Carlos Villa at villa@magnet.fsu.edu or (850) 644-7191.