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Mentorship Program

Students in the mentorship program are involved in research and/or project development at various mentoring agencies, including corporate, university, and government institutions, throughout the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. Students are supervised by mentors who are accomplished scientists, engineers and other technical professionals working at these agencies. The mentorship program provides an alternative way for dedicated students to fulfill their required senior research project. Scientific laboratory mentorships are often comparable to university undergraduate research courses.

Mentoring agencies that support the TJHSST mentorship program include:
The National Institutes of Health
  • Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Naval Research Laboratories
  • U.S. Naval Observatory
  • Orbital Corporation
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • George Mason University
  • Federal Highway Research Center
  • Naval Medical Research Center
  • Vehicle Control Technologies
  • PSA Dewberry
  • Navy Yard
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Digital Sandbox
  • Astute Technology

  • tjSTAR

    The Thomas Jefferson Symposium to Advance Research (tjSTAR), is an annual, day-long symposium that is an opportunity to share student research projects and learn about future research opportunities at TJ and in potential careers.

    This symposium also serves as an opportunity for students to inspire each other with new ideas for study in future years, obtain feedback from their peers, and involve alumni and community partners in our academic programs. In addition to student presentations, a variety of other activities, including speakers, a panel/debate with outside experts, interactive experiment stations, and a research career fair could be part of this culminating experience.

    Embedded Activities Period

    In addition to the seven academic periods, students are required to participate in an activities period that is included in the instructional day. Affectionately referred to as “8th period”, this additional class period of the day affords students the ability to seek out academic support and/or enrichment while also providing them the opportunity to participate in any of the over 150 clubs and activities pertaining to (but not limited to) diversity, academic competition, outreach, service, and more.