Now accepting nominations for Long Island's next generation of Nobel Prize-winning scientists

Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. - The Partners For the Future (PFF) program is a unique prize offered by Cold Spring Harbor for high school students on Long Island who have a passion for biology and genetics. Since the program was established in 1990, 130 students from the island's high schools have successfully competed to spend their senior high school year working shoulder to shoulder with the world's leading researchers. To apply, students must be nominated by their high school science department chairs.

"CSHL created this program as yet another way to invest in the future of biomedical and basic biological research. Our researchers take the program seriously, providing PFF students with mentorship and access to state-of-the-art technology, equipment and laboratory materials," said CSHL Professor and PFF program Director David Jackson. "This is real-time science, creating real results that further inform the field of biological research."

This competitive program is open to all Long Island high school students entering their senior year. Each high school science department chairperson may nominate three students from his or her school during their junior year. Twelve student semi-finalists are interviewed by Laboratory scientists and the winners go on to spend a minimum of ten hours per week, September through March of their senior year, doing original research under the watchful eye of a scientific mentor. At the conclusion, the Partners give oral presentations of their research projects to an enthusiastic audience of the students' mentors, Lab administrators, parents and teachers.

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CSHL distributed nomination forms to all Long Island high school science department chairpersons in February. There is no application form and no preliminary information that is sent directly to students or parents. All completed nomination forms must be received at CSHL by Mar 30, 2012. For more information, please visit

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 360 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,500 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit