Sponsoring NYCSEF

The CUNY Office of K-16 Initiatives is interested in engaging NYC’s STEM community as sponsors of the NYC Science & Engineering Fair.  Sponsorship provides much needed general support for the fair’s three city-wide events which engage several hundred NYC high school students, hundreds of STEM professionals and the general public. With over 1000 registered participants as well as a social media presence that engages over 5000 followers, NYCSEF provides a platform for our sponsors to highlight their commitment to growing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.  Now more than ever, supporting future scientists and engineers is imperative. NYCSEF seeks engaged sponsors to work collaboratively in bolstering the scientific curiosity and ambitions of NYC’s talented youth. NYCSEF’s mission is to cultivate a multidisciplinary mindset through STEM research and seeks sponsors to see this through.

Sponsorship can take many forms from providing a service or equipment free of charge to establishing awards (cash, paid internship or otherwise) that will go directly to students and teachers or providing general support to asking your workplace to match your donation.  Sponsors are invited to co-sponsor NYCSEF bringing awareness to our community of commitment made to support student research.

To make a charitable donation that supports students in science research and education, please contact Yvette Santana-Taveras, NYCSEF Director at Yvette.santana2@cuny.edu.  Several other sponsoring options are provided below:

Oxygen Circle Lead Sponsor – $20,000+:

As oxygen sustains life, help sustain NYCSEF! Your organization will be featured along with CUNY and the NYCDOE as primary sponsors on all promotional materials, digital media platforms and event programs. NYCSEF will include a tag line in the signature of all NYCSEF-generated emails that your organization gives life-sustaining support. Additionally, 10% of your support will go directly to sponsoring a cash award named by you for NYCSEF participants.


Platinum Circle- Benefactor $10,000 – $19,999:

Platinum, highly valued and a precious metal, so is your support!  As a Platinum Benefactor your organization’s logo will appear on all promotional materials, digital media platforms and event programs as a Platinum Benefactor. Additionally, 10% of your support will go directly to sponsoring a cash award named by you for NYCSEF participants.


Gold Circle- Promoter $5000 – $9999 – Name a competition category!

NYCSEF has 14 categories of competition including medicine and health sciences, engineering, mathematics, physics, etc.  Each category generally holds 20-50 projects accounting for 30- 100 students. Your organization can brand the category! For instance, The Acme Company’s Category of Computer Science.  Categories signs will be branded with your organization’s name and logo, and you will be listed in printed and digital media material as a Gold Circle sponsor.


Carbon Circle – NYCSEF Friend $250 – $4,999

As, the key component of all life, you are NYCSEF’s backbone. Your organization’s logo will appear on all promotional materials, digital media platforms and event programs as a Friend of NYCSEF.



Current Sponsors of The New York City Science & Engineering 

DOE-logoAs a lead sponsor of NYCSEF, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest public school system in the United States with nearly 1.1 million students and 80,000 teachers in over 1,700 schools. Under Chancellor Carmen Fariña leadership, the DOE has renewed its commitment to working collaboratively with parents, educators, school communities and external stakeholders to improve student achievement and ensure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, a career and a future as a productive critically-thinking citizen.



The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s largest urban public university and lead sponsor for NYCSEF. CUNY is comprised of twenty-four institutions: eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students.  As CUNY has grown, the University has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty.



Con Edison is a proud Platinum Circle benefactor of NYCSEF! Supporting hundreds of nonprofit organizations across NYC and Westchester, Con Edison’s partnerships strengthen the neighborhoods they serve by offering cash grants, employee volunteers, and more.




CUNY Collaborative Programs

Occupying the space between the largest urban public K-12 and university systems in the nation puts Collaborative Programs in a unique position. We are able to reach into both middle and high schools and institutions of higher education to create structures that help students prepare for college-level study and navigate the challenging college transition process. With nearly seventy-give percent of CUNY’s first-time freshmen coming from NYC’s public schools each year, developing this bridge between high school and college is especially important.



BrooklynYard logoOnce one of the nation’s most storied naval shipbuilding facilities, The Brooklyn Navy Yard’s is a mission-driven industrial park that is a nationally acclaimed model of the viability and positive impact of modern, urban industrial development. The Yard is now home to over 330 businesses employing more than 7,000 people and generating over $2B per year in economic impact for the City. Building on the Yard’s history as the economic heart of Brooklyn, the 300-acre, waterfront asset offers a critical pathway to the middle class for many New Yorker’s



The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.  Annually, more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions and territories showcase their independent research at Intel ISEF and compete for over $3 million in prizes and scholarships.


Thank you for helping to fund one of the most significant experiences of a student’s entire school career!


Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 13Dec2017 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 04Mar2018 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York.
  3. 20Mar2018 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History
  4. 26Mar2018 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  5. 13May2018 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 13-18 in Pittsburgh, PA

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News + Notes

The 2018 NYCSEF Online Registration System is CLOSED! Application status updates will be emailed to students and teachers at the end of January.

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