Overview of WERM

The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) program at Wave Hill offers New York City high school students an opportunity to participate in citywide ecological monitoring efforts in local woodlands and to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of field scientists. 

The 14-month program begins with immersion in academic science learning. During the first summer, students spend two days a week taking two courses at Lehman College, and two days a week collecting ecological data.  Throughout the year, students continue to collect data alongside a science team consisting of working scientists, restoration specialists, and Wave Hill staff. Students will also participate in a series of Workshops aimed at giving the necessary skills and knowledge to perform ecological research.

A thoughtful process pairs students with a mentor with whom they will work closely to identify an area of interest. Together, student and mentor will develop and implement a research project that will culminate in an oral presentation and a poster or paper.

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WERM Program Announcements

  • Application Open for Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship Program!


    Become a WERM!

    Application deadline for 2018-2019 is April 1, 2018.

    Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is a 14-month program offering motivated New York City high school students a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the principles of ecology, focusing particularly on ecological restoration in New York City, and to participate in important field research with working scientists―all while getting paid!


    Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) Program

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Eligible applicants for this program must meet all these criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in a New York City high school   
  • Strong interest in science research and the urban environment
  • Strong academic record, especially in the sciences
  • Ability and motivation to work independently
  • Committed to attend all sessions
  • Meet STEP requirements. Learn more about STEP here.

Application Instructions

Applications are generally due in April and consist of an online application, essay, transcripts, recommendation and an interview. Applications and more information can be found on the Wave Hill WERM website.

Program Timeline

  • April: Applications Due
  • Summer 1: Five days per week for approximately 30 hours per week  
  • Academic Year:  Approximately four days per month, mostly Saturdays,  for approximately 6 hours per week
  • Summer 2:  Five days per week for approximately 30 hours per week 

Program Benefits

  • Stipend of $1700
  • 30 hours of community service (with opportunities to earn more hours)
  • Merit scholarships for exemplary work
  • Career and college advice and alumni network
  • High school credit may be granted by your school

Additional Information






Wave Hill WERM staff would be thrilled to come to your school and give a presentation to your students about the WERM program. Please email barryk@wavehill.org to schedule a date and time.


Please contact Forest Project Manager, Barry Kogan, via email at barryk@wavehill.org or by phone at (718) 549-3200 x223