STEM Research Academy

STEM Research Academy

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Spring 2023 (Online-Synchronous)
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
 [4:00 PM]
Saturdays, March 4, 2023, to June 3, 2023

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CUNY’s College Now STEM Research Academy is funded by the Pinkerton Foundation and was developed as a two‐semester program designed to allow students to build essential literacy and numeracy skills by engaging in ‘authentic inquiry’ activities. The program targets high schools that lack a strong science research program and serve an underrepresented population in the STEM fields. The academy's participation consists of a pre‐college 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 has the opportunity to apply to participate in a 6-week summer research experience under the guidance of CUNY research faculty with the support of CUNY College Now. Selected interns receive a monetary stipend for participating.

The College Now STEM Research Academy @ John Jay (JJC STEM Academy)
John Jay College STEM Academy is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop the basic skills required to be scientific thinkers by engaging in authentic inquiry-based research activities.

Selected students will be enrolled in a hands-on science research course in forensic science - DNA Detectives. The course introduces students to scientific methods of solving crime using genetics to solve a forensic mystery. Students can be awarded high school elective credit in science to complete a 54-hour course at their high school's discretion. 

The workshop will meet on Saturdays, March 4, 2023, to June 3, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Upon completing the DNA Detectives course, students can participate in a summer Research Internship. In this – six-week structured internship program, students will be matched with a John Jay College faculty member based on the student’s area of interest. Students who complete the research internship and project will receive a monetary stipend.

How much will it cost?
     - The program is FREE! College Now covers the cost of all materials necessary for the course.

To be eligible for the College Now STEM Research Academy, students must meet the following requirements:

  • New York City public high school sophomore or junior;
  • 80+ on any Math Regents Exam OR 85+ Math average and;
  • 80+ on Physics OR Chemistry OR Living Environment Regents Exam OR 80+ Science average and;
  • Overall high school average of 80+


The STEM Research Academy is also offered on other CUNY campuses – Baruch College, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College,  New York City College Technology, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, and York College.