New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE)


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 foundation of all DOE policies and initiatives is the Four Pillars.

  • Pillar 1: Improve student achievement by providing high quality instruction aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.
  • Pillar 2: Restore dignity and respect to the craft of teaching and school leadership.
  • Pillar 3: Engages parents and families in every aspect of school life.
  • Pillar 4: Create new collaborative and innovative models.

City University of New York (CUNY)


The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university. 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.

The University has designated 2005 to 2015 the “Decade of Science” at CUNY, renewing its commitment to creating a healthy pipeline to science, math, technology, and engineering fields by advancing science at the highest levels, training students to teach in these areas, and encouraging young people, particularly women and minorities, to study in these disciplines. 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.

CUNY College Now


CUNY’s largest Collaborative Program, College Now is a comprehensive initiative of the City University of New York and the New York City Department of Education. College Now involves all 17 CUNY colleges and more than 350 NYC public high schools in its goal to help prepare students for high school graduation and success in college. Through College Now, public high school students have access to a variety of opportunities, including college-credit courses, college-preparatory courses and activities, experiential-based summer programs, and access to campus facilities and cultural offerings. Nearly 20,000 students participate in College Now annually.

Through its Collaborative Programs, CUNY invests substantial human and financial resources in the service of public school students and out-of-school youth. The work CUNY does with the NYC public schools through the Office of Academic Affairs is known collectively as Collaborative Programs. Currently, Collaborative Programs include CUNY-sponsored or affiliated schools; programs with pre-college and college courses and activities, academic advising and support services; and arts projects. The Office of Academic Affairs manages these efforts in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and other organizations.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

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.


Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

  1. 14Dec2016 NYCSEF Project Application Due Date
  2. 05Mar2017 NYCSEF Preliminary Round @ The City College of New York
  3. 28Mar2017 NYCSEF Finals Round @ The American Museum of Natural History (Tent.)
  4. 31Mar2017 NYCSEF Awards Ceremony @ The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  5. 14May2017 International Science & Engineering Fair Week May, 14-19 in Los Angeles, CA

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News + Notes

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