The Bard-Rockfeller Semester in Science

The Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science in New York City (BRSS) is an intensive one-semester program designed for advanced science students, particularly those in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, and genetics. Students spend a semester living and working in New York City working in the laboratory with faculty from Rockefeller University and taking specially-designed science classes at Rockefeller and with Bard’s program in Globalization and International Affairs, in the BGIA Suite, conveniently located in West Midtown .

Student Life

BRSS students share living accommodations with students in Bard’s Globalization and International Affairs Program. They live in the de Hirsch Residence of the 92nd St YMHA only a few blocks from Museum Mile and Central Park. The facilities offer on-site laundry, gym, pool, 24-hour security, and fully equipped kitchens. The Upper East Side is a historic, safe, residential neighborhood in which students can take advantage of many different aspects of city life. Students are also able to live off-campus. Students take classes in the BGIA Suite, conveniently located in West Midtown, near all transportation hubs and the beautiful Bryant Park and historic New York City Public Library. 


The BRSS academic program is centered on an intensive laboratory experience, but also features science and non-science courses. Students must take at least 12 credits, but may take as many as 16, constituted as follows:
  • Lab research experience (4 credits) Expand for more.
  • Advanced topics course (4 credits) Expand for more.
  • BGIA courses (4 - 8 credits) Expand for more.

Research Opportunities

The BRSS program is centered on an intensive laboratory research experience. Students work 20-25 hours per week doing research in a laboratory at Rockefeller University. Below is a list of the investigators at Rockefeller University, with links to their web pages, who will host a student in the Spring 2016 program. 

Applying and Tuition

Due by Monday September 26, 2016

The Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science Program is designed for Bard College students in their third or fourth year of study. In exceptional cases, second-year students are accepted into the program. Participation in the program must not coincide with a semester in which the student is conducting his or her senior project.
  • Spring 2017 Costs Expand for more.

Contact Us:

Brooke Jude, Academic Director
Phone: 845-752-2337

Send Application to:

Brooke Jude, BRSS Program
Bard College
PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson
New York 12504-5000