• 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!

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
  • 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! 

    NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium

The High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science & Engineering (HIRES)

Overview of HIRES

The High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science & Engineering (HIRES) is a 7-week summer program of the CUNY Remote Sensing Earth System (CREST) Institute at City College of the City University of New York. It offers high school students entering grades 10-12 an opportunity to work closely with scientists in the field and in labs, collect, analyze, and interpret (mostly satellite) data, present at conferences, and more! CREST research focuses on all aspects of remote sensing and topics include global climate studies, atmosphere and weather, water resources and land processes, and ocean and coastal waters.  

The program includes:

  • Pre-college courses in MATLAB, Python, Remote Sensing, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Hands-on modules at the Hudson River, the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, and the National Weather Service Office at Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • A mentored research experience in one of our labs
  • Numerous site visits  
  • Students present their research at the end of their summer experience at the CUNY STEM Summer Research Symposium

HIRES also develops and implements a set of experiences to support students in developing a shared community and college and career readiness. Students that complete the entire program will receive a $800 stipend and 3 college credits.

HIRES Program Announcements

  • 2016 Applications Update

    Applications for the Summer 2016 program are now closed. Please check back for announcements when the 2017 application opens.


Additional Information

Program Website



For questions and more information on the program, email Dr. Shakila Merchant at  smerchant@ccny.cuny.edu

General questions related to HIRES can also be directed to CRESTHIRES@gmail.com or (212) 650-8099 or (212) 650-8379.