• Pinkerton Science Scholars

    We are excited to share that with the Pinkerton Foundation's generous support all of our student participants - current and alumni - are officially Pinkerton Science Scholars. We are consistently inspired by our community of scholars! 


    For more information on the Pinkerton Foundation's support, please see this press release: http://www.thepinkertonfoundation.org/news/pinkerton-expands-science-mentoring-for-high-school-scholars

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
  • Welcome to the new Consortium site!

    Check out the website's new look. You'll find we have changed not only our look but also our content with updated information about our programs, press, social media and most importantly how to get involved. Enjoy exploring our new and improved website!

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  • Congrats Class of 2016!

    Congrats to all our scholars who are graduating high school this year! As Director of Youth Learning and Research at AMNH, Dr. Preeti Gupta, stated at this year's Student Research Colloquium: "You are all not ordinary students. You have each made significant contributions to the field of science." We know that you each will continue to lead the future of STEM! 

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CUNY College Now's STEM Research Academy

Overview of STEM Research Academy

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. 

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.

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STEM Research Academy Program Announcements

  • Congrats and good luck!

    We are excited to welcome Baruch’s first cohort of STEM Academy students and wish all STEM Academy students in York, City College, Lehman, Queens and Brooklyn the best of luck as they start their first summer research experiences!

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Eligible applicants for this program must meet all these criteria:

  • NYC DOE students who are on track to graduate high school
  • CUNY Eligibility Benchmarks (75+ ELA Regents and/or 80+ Math Regents)
  • Primarily high school juniors

Application Instructions

Students that attend the  specific high schools participating in the program are eligible to apply in the 2nd semester of their junior year of high school. Application deadlines vary by college campus. 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.

Application components include:

  • Regents exam scores
  • GPA
  • General interest essay
  • High school transcript

CUNY Campuses

The following CUNY schools offer the STEM Research Academy via their CUNY College Now program:

  • 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.

Program Data

In 2014 the STEM Research Academy succeeded in:

  • 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

Additional Information




For more information, contact Amanda Eyrich Daly at Amanda.Daly@mail.cuny.edu or email CollegeNow@cuny.edu