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.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2021 Middle School Mentorship program will be a hybrid program. The program will include:

  • Online collaboration with a STEM mentor and a pair of participating students
  • Virtual check-ins with the Program Director
  • Independent work which contributes to a collaborative group project, directed by the STEM mentor.
  • Lab work at the MagLab (If conditions allow).

Each group's meeting times will be conveniently scheduled with input from mentors and students to best accommodate everyone's schedule.


To Apply

The application deadline is August 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST.

Complete an online application.

Important dates:

  • Orientation: September 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Zoom meeting link will be sent out)
  • First day of mentorship: September 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Final presentations: December 9, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Required documents

Parent or legal guardian must download and complete a docxconsent form and docxteacher recommendation form, then scan and email it to (villa@magnet.fsu.edu), OR mail it to:


Attention: Carlos Villa
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
1800 East Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL  32310

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