The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Under the guidance of a mentor, students develop an independent research project, implement their plan, analyze the data, and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers, and parents. Each year, the program consists of about thirty students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at the lab. Nestled on the border of Acadia National Park, The Jackson Lab is surrounded with possibilities for outdoor adventure. Between hiking, swimming, biking, and bird watching, lab employees and locals are continuously inspired by the pristine landscape.