Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Consortium? 

The NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium is a group of New York City academic, research and cultural institutions committed to providing underrepresented and low income NYC high school students with mentored, authentic research experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Together partners of the Consortium share experiences and expertise, and identify opportunities and strategies to effectively support students in developing science research skills and competencies. In building access in STEM academics and careers, we also provide students with college and career readiness resources and supports.

The Consortium consists of 12 partners and has nearly 400 students, or Pinkerton Science Scholars, participating. 

Who are the Consortium's Partners? 

Now in its third year, The Consortium consists of 12 partner programs that are supporting 400 students across NYC:

  • Applied Research Innovation in Science & Engineering (ARISE) with NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • Brain Research Apprenticeships in NY at Columbia (BRAINYAC) with Columbia University Mind, Brain & Behavior Initiative and the Zuckerman Institute
  • Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with Lloyd Sherman Scholars and the Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Environmentor Program with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
  • High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science and Engineering (HIRES) with the CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute
  • HypotheKids with Columbia University and Harlem BioSpace
  • Learning at the Bench (LAB) Initiative with Rockefeller University
  • Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) with the American Museum of Natural History
  • Secondary School Field Research Program (SSFRP) with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Columbia University Earth Institute
  • STEM Research Academy with CUNY College Now
  • Urban Barcode Research Program (UBRP) with Cold Spring Harbor Lab DNA Learning Center
  • Woodland Ecology Mentorship Program (WERM) with Wave Hill 

For Students:

What is a Pinkerton Science Scholar? 

Pinkerton Science Scholars are students participating in, or alumni of, any one (or more) of the Consortium's programs. The Pinkerton Science Scholars are a diverse community of young STEM researchers.

What are the benefits of participating in a program?

There are a plenitude of benefits to participating in a Consortium partner program! 

  • Stipend: All Pinkerton Scholars receive a stipend for their participation. The amount and frequency of the stipend varies per Consortium program.
  • Authentic, Mentored Research: All scholars are paired one-to-one or two-to-one with a professional scientist or academic who provide mentorship and support for student research. Scholars gain authentic, research experience collaborating with a professional in the field.
  • Exposure to STEM Careers: Scholars gain hands-on experience in STEM careers and research with the added guidance of their professional mentors. 
  • College Readiness: The Consortium programs also host college readiness workshops providing scholars with additional tools and resources to succeed in college.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate?

Eligibility requirements vary by program. All students must meet the requirements below. Please review program page's for program-specific eligibility requirements.

  • Preparatory coursework in science content, methodologies and lab skills
  • NYC High School Student

What should students expect from the programs? 

  • Preparatory coursework in science content, methodologies and lab skills
  • Experience authentic, mentored science research project
  • Academic and career guidance for science success
  • Access to unique science learning environments such as exhibits, natural environments fieldwork, objects and specimens, etc. 
  • Access to scientific journals and presentations 
  • A culminating research project

What sort of research will I be doing? Do I get to choose my research focus? 

Students do not choose their research project, instead they will support mentors' overall research as one would do if they were joining a lab. Please review each of our programs as the areas of research vary from environmental science, neuroscience, biology and much more. You can have some autonomy in your research by electing to apply to the program(s) that align with your interests.

How do I apply to one of the Consortium partner programs? 

Please review each program's page (in the drop-down menu above) for application instructions as the process varies by program. 

I am an alumni of one of the programs--How do I reconnect with the program? 

Alumni should reconnect with us on social media!  The Consortium is currently on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 

For Parents/Guardians:

I would like my child to get involved, but they are reluctant at the moment. How can they find out more information? 

Prospective scholars can contact us and we can also connect them with alumni. Additionally, prospective scholars are encouraged to attend any of our public events that can be found on our calendar

How are mentors prepped to work with youth? 

All mentors undergo an intensive youth development training. Many of our mentors return each year and so have previous experience working in the lab and on research with young people. 

How can my child apply to get involved?

Please review each program's page (in the drop-down menu above) for application instructions as the process varies by program. 

For Mentors:

Do mentors get paid?

Mentors do get compensated for mentoring and supporting students. Compensation varies by program from stipends to equipment provided. Please contact the program staff for details.

What are the mentor eligibility requirements?

Mentors must be able to make the time commitment and attend the mentor training. 

How do I apply to become a mentor?

Please contact the program staff for details.

For Schools/Educators: 

I have a group of students or a student that I think is a great fit for the Consortium, how do I get them involved? 

It is important to consider the student's or students' interests then read through all the program's descriptions to narrow down the best options for students. Then contact the appropriate program liaison. 

What are STEM resources I could use in the classroom to empower my students? 

We currently  do not have a database of STEM curriculum available to the public. However, follow us on social media for periodic posts with resources, tools and curriculum for educators.  

For Organizations or Institutions: 

We already have a STEM mentoring program, but want to expand it. How do we join the Consortium? 

Please contact the Consortium Senior Program Coordinator, Christine Banks Calderon, at


We are interested in building a STEM mentoring program for high school students. Can the Consortium support this? 

Please contact the Consortium Senior Program Coordinator, Christine Banks Calderon, at