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STEM Matters NYC summer programs

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

This summer, unplug and explore STEM with STEM Matters NYC programs Students entering grades 10–12 in September can apply to work with field experts in real-world learning experiences in urban farming, industrial design and manufacturing, glass blowing, computer science, or art and architecture. Apply now for a one or two week program this summer at MakerSpace NYC, New York Historical Society, The Battery Conservancy, The Green-Wood Cemetery, or UrbanGlass. All participants receive a daily MetroCard.

Seats are limited! An online application and teacher reference form is required. Participants are selected by a review committee. Learn more and apply by Friday, April 23. For questions, contact

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2021 HOPP Summer Student Program at MSK

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Seniors, Sophomores.

Students who attended the 2020 Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research lectures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), or students who are just interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences, should check out their Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP) Summer Student Program. This program gives motivated high school students an opportunity to participate in independent research projects, extracurricular activities, training, and more at MSK. All current high school students from freshman to seniors are eligible to apply.

Typically, the program runs from the end of June to mid-August, but obviously due to COVID-19 restrictions this schedule is subject to change. It is a full-time internship, so students are expected to commit to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Participants are required to complete the full eight weeks of the program from the first day to the last, so do not apply if you know you will be doing any traveling during the summer.

Applications for the 2021 HOPP Summer Student Program will open sometime in December 2020. All interested students should sign up for their mailing list now so that they can receive notifications when the application process goes live.

SUNY Downstate HPREP

Posted on Sunday, May 6, 2018 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

Applications are now open to high school students in grades 9–11 for the Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Who:  Motivated 9th–11th grade minority students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
What:  Students will participate in anatomy dissections, a group research project, and a college preparatory workshop. Through involvement in group activities and discussions, participating students will further develop the academic skills that will prepare them for college and better qualify them to study health-related disciplines. Students will work in groups to research one medically related topic and give a final presentation at the end of the program.
Where:  SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Rd, Brooklyn NY 11203
When:  Seven 3 hour seminars (10:00 AM–1:00 PM) on Saturdays (October 6 – November 17, 2018). Lunch will be provided.
Why:  Great exposure to medicine, college, and medical school.
Cost:  None! Students must be able to get to and from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
How:  The application must be completed online and can found at External documentation (such as school consent forms, and transcripts) must be sent to Please submit all application materials together. All items must be received by Monday, September 24th, 2018. Admissions will be on a rolling basis.

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Apply now for a STEM Matters NYC summer program

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The STEM Matters NYC initiative offers authentic, experiential, hands-on science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment programs for schools, teachers, and students to promote and reinforce science knowledge and practices, strengthen science teaching, and build schools’ capacity to support students pursuing careers in STEM fields.

Programs for high school students are at the NYC DOE’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education with connections to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and SUNY Old Westbury. Programs feature 2-week camps, high school internships, and a 4-week college credit bearing course. Programs run during July and August. Application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017. High school programs require applicants to submit a Teacher Letter of Support, which is due on Monday, April 3. Click here to apply.

Plants and Society

An Introduction to Plants and Their Importance in Society is a lecture/laboratory course in plants and society. This course will introduce students to the diversity of form and function in plants. It will emphasize sustainability and plants’ importance in society. Group and individual projects will include the use of light and dissecting microscopes, study of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, cultivation of common vegetables, and exploration of vegetation. Students who have successfully completed Living Environment are invited to apply. Students who successfully pass this course will earn 4 SUNY College credits.

Earth Climate Institute

Have you ever wondered how scientists study Earth’s changing climate? Did you know that NASA has a lot to do with it? Learn how NASA contributes to our understanding of climate by participating in the Earth Climate Institute. Students will explore climate change through the lens of NASA’s Earth Observing System, discover how remote sensing works, learn how the Earth Observing System satellites collect data, and use computer programs to investigate the meaning of the data. Students will also visit NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to learn about careers at NASA and meet the scientists who are doing this research. On the final day of the Institute, students will take a simulated mission to the International Space Station, putting all they have learned to the test, as they work as a team to solve a developing crisis in Earth’s orbit to complete their mission and return safely back to Earth.


  • Environmental Study Center
  • July and August; multiple sessions available
  • Teaching Assistant 8:30–3:30 every day
  • Animal Care and Gardener Internship 8:30–1:30 every day

The Environmental Study Center (ESC) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. ESC offers a variety of internships including teacher assistants, gardeners, and animal care providers. Interns will create and complete a culminating project at the end of the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to ESC.


Are you a high school student experienced with LEGO Mindstorms? Do you want to help teach younger students how to use it? The NYC Center for Space Science Education (NYCCSSE) is looking for responsible, motivated, and energetic high school students to participate in an exciting internship opportunity. Our weekly camps have an aerospace and robotics theme. Selected interns will work with elementary and middle school campers using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotic kits, and will create and lead a LEGO Mindstorms activity as a culminating project. At the conclusion of the internship, students will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours worked and the contributions made to NYCCSSE.

Applications open for 2017 Joint Science and Technology Institute (free tuition)

Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2017 by for Freshmen, Juniors, Sophomores.

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The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is a two-week, fully-funded, residential STEM research program for current high school students sponsored by the US Army Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Students will participate in research projects mentored by Department of Defense research scientists and other subject matter experts. The purpose of the program is to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, increase STEM literacy, and expose students to the importance of STEM through hands-on, relevant research. All expenses are paid for the students, including travel to and from the program location in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must be age 15 by July 1, 2017
  • Must be entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2017–18 academic year
  • Must have a submitted reference to be considered. Reference requests are sent automatically from your application submission.
  • Must be willing to follow all program and safety instructions
  • Must be able to participate in all activities for the full program period, July 22 to August 4, 2017

All students are encouraged to apply, regardless of GPA. A diverse group of students will be selected. High School students apply here. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Research Opportunities at the American Museum of Natural History

Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 by for Freshmen, Sophomores.

Freshman and Sophomores who are committed to science research should check out these opportunites. The American Museum of Natural History offers high school students a chance to participate in one of two Science Research Mentoring Programs. The two SRMPs are funded by different government agencies, focus on different branches of science and have different target ages and application deadlines.

  • NSF Science Research Mentoring Program
    • Subjects: Biology, anthropology
    • Program length: 2 years
    • Most appropriate grade level: Current freshmen
    • Application deadline: 1 June 2010
    • Additional benefits: Training in science content and lab skills, research experience, college prep, field trips, scholarships, stipend, …
  • NASA Science Research Mentoring program
    • Subjects: Astrophysics, earth and planetary sciences
    • Program length: 1 year
    • Most appropriate grade level: Current sophomores
    • Application deadlines: 26 February 2010 & 14 May 2010
    • Additional benefits: Training in science content and lab skills, research experience, paper writing and presentation advice, college prep, stipend, …

Since the deadline for the NASA program has passed, interested students should only apply to the NSF SRMP this year — but, if you are interested in earth and space sciences and will be a sophomore in science research, remember the NASA SRMP for next year.

The AMNH has a lot of other great opportunities for high school students. One of the best ways to learn about their programs is the High School Summer Science Institute. Participants in this week-long orientation session will have the opportunity to meet scientists, attend exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of our collections, and take part in interactive hands-on activities.

  • High School Summer Science Institute
    • Subjects: anthropology, astronomy, biodiversity, earth science, genetics
    • Program length: 1 week
    • Most appropriate grade levels: Not seniors
    • Application deadline: 25 June 2010
    • Additional benefits: Students who attend receive priority when they apply to subsequent AMNH programs.
    • There is a $300 fee for this program. Fee-waivers and half-price discounts are available.