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.

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

– Brooklyn College, Brooklyn

– New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn

– Lehman College, Bronx

– The City College of New York, Manhattan

– John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan

– Baruch College, Manhattan

– York College, Queens

– Queens College, Queens

The College Now STEM Research Academy is funded by the Pinkerton and Booth Ferris Foundations 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

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 **Note: This program serves students who do not have access to research programs.  Students who attend high schools with developed research programs should not apply.

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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