STEM Research Academy

Program Overview

Building on the goals and mission of College Now, the STEM Research Academy was developed as a two‐semester program, consisting of a spring pre‐college science course and the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with CUNY faculty members in a summer research experience. The Academy is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build essential literacy and numeracy skills by engaging in ‘authentic inquiry’ activities.  High schools that lack a strong science research program and serve a population generally underrepresented in the STEM fields are targeted for student recruitment. This program serves primarily juniors who qualify for participation based on several criteria including Regents exam scores, GPA, submission of a general interest essay, and review of their high school transcript.

The STEM Academy’s spring pre‐college course is a thematic course designed to strengthen basic skills such as formulating researchable questions, designing testable experiments, performing literature searches in library databases, and reading scientific literature including peer‐reviewed journal articles.  Upon successful completion of the spring course, a select group of students have the opportunity to apply to participate in a 6-week summer research experience under the guidance of CUNY research faculty with support of CUNY College Now.

2014 – By the Numbers

  • 126 students from 41 NYC high schools participated across 5 CUNY campuses
  • 30 CUNY faculty hosted students in their laboratories to conduct research
  • 47 students conducted summer research in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology and environmental science

 

Presently the STEM Academy is offered on five CUNY campuses via the College Now office.

– Lehman College, Bronx – During the spring semester students participate in the DNA Detectives course. Summer research opportunities have included anthropologic studies at the American Museum of Natural history and stem cell research.

– The City College of New York, Manhattan – During the spring semester students participate in the DNA Detectives course. Summer research opportunities have included research using bioinformatics and animal studies to determine the effects of flame retardants.

– York College, Queens – During the spring semester students participate in the Backyard Toxicology course. Summer research opportunities have included ecological studies at the Gowanus Canal.

– Brooklyn College, Brooklyn – During the spring semester students participate in the Urban Aquatic Ecology course. Summer research opportunities have included research wildlife studies in Jamaica Bay and animal behavior studies.

– Queens College, Queens – During the spring semester students participate in the DNA Detectives course. Summer research opportunities have included research in animal behavior and the earth sciences.

The College Now STEM Research Academy is funded by the Pinkerton Foundation and is a member of the Science Research and Mentoring Program Consortium. For more information about the Consortium and its members and to learn more about research opportunities for high school students throughout NYC visit http://www.studentresearchnyc.org/.

Students interested in participating in the STEM Academy should contact the College Now office at the CUNY campus associated with their high school.  Applications generally are accepted in the fall for the spring semester. For more information about College Now’s STEM Academy in general, please contact Amanda Eyrich Daly at amanda.daly@cuny.edu.

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. 07May2017 International Science & Engineering Fair Week in Los Angeles, CA

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