STEM Research Academy

STEM Research Academy

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  - Application Deadline - Thursday, February 13, 2020
          * Workshop dates: Saturday, March 7, 2020, to Saturday, June 6, 2020 

STEM Research Academy @ John Jay College - Saturdays 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The STEM Research Academy is also offered on seven other CUNY campuses – Lehman College, The City College of New York, York College, Queens College, Brooklyn College, City Tech and Baruch College.

CUNY’s College Now STEM Research Academy is funded by the Pinkerton Foundation and was developed as a two‐semester program designed to provide students with an opportunity 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 serves a population generally underrepresented in the STEM fields.  In general, participation in the academy 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 College (JJC STEM Academy)

The JJC STEM Academy is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop the essential skills required to be strong scientific thinkers by engaging in authentic inquiry-based and research activities.

Selected students will be enrolled in a hands-on-science research course in forensic science - DNA Detectives. The course is designed to introduce students to the use of scientific methods in solving the crime by using genetics to solve a forensic mystery.  At the discretion of the sending high school, students can be awarded high school elective credit in science for completion of a 54-hour course. The course will meet Saturdays, March 7th through June 6th from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM at John Jay College.

Upon successful completion of the DNA Detectives course, students will have the opportunity to 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 successfully 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 books and supplies.

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;
  • 80+ on Physics OR Chemistry OR Living Environment Regents Exam and;
  • Overall high school average of 80+