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Opportunities For High School Students at The Rockefeller University

Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program
The Rockefeller University Summer Science Outreach Program (SSRP) provides Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT) high school students with an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of leading scientific researchers at one of the world’s premier biomedical research facilities. (No fees. Need-based stipends available.)

The Rockefeller University Summer Neuroscience Program
The Rockefeller Summer Neuroscience Program is a two-week program aimed at introducing talented, enthusiastic New York City public school students to the brain. We begin all lessons by exploring a cool phenomenon and proceed to try to explain it using the most current thinking in each field. All the questions we ask revolve around one principle: How does my brain work and how does it sometimes go wrong? (No fee, no stipend.)

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Summer Research Opportunities for High School Students at Other Institutions

Black Rock Forest Consortium Field Ecology Research Internship Program
Twelve week-long courses in the natural sciences and the arts are offered at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall from July 15 through August 2. Two more classes are offered with site partners, including “The Art of Scientific Observation,” hosted jointly by Black Rock Forest Consortium and Storm King Art Center, one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, and “A Nautical Expedition,” hosted jointly by the Consortium and the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center. (Tuition and fees vary with the course selected; please see website for details.)

Cold Spring Harbor Dolan DNA Learning Center Summer Science Camps
Each summer, we offer fun and challenging camps at the DNALC’s Long Island centers, for science enthusiasts entering 6th–12th grade. Guided by experienced instructors, students use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers. (Fees vary according to program selected. No information regarding scholarships/stipends.)

Hofstra University Science Summer Research Program
Hofstra University’s Summer Science Research Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics. This program provides selected research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with our science faculty during the summer in an on campus research program. (No information regarding stipends/fees provided.)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP) Summer Student Program
This program, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, is designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical-related sciences. Each student works directly with a post-doc, graduate student, or research technician under the direction of a PI to complete a research project. The hands-on experience in cutting-edge laboratories provides students with rich knowledge about translational research in oncology. (No fees; no stipend information.)

Museum Education and Employment Program at the American Museum of Natural History
MEEP interns are responsible for developing and presenting themed tours to visiting camp groups. The program provides on-the-job training and exposure to careers in science and museum operations. Participants work closely with Museum scientists and educators exploring scientific content and learning valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages. MEEP is a great opportunity for young adults to have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors. (No fees; no compensation information available.)

NASA New York City Research Initiative (Summer Component)
Teams of high school and undergraduate students and faculty work along side graduate students and the principal investigators (lead scientists) of NASA-funded research projects at universities within a 50-mile radius of New York City (NY, NJ and CT). (No information regarding fees. Please contact to inquire about stipends.)

New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYSEF)
The New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) and College Now Summer Research Program is a six-week summer research internship program for high school students. The goal of the program is to give rising high school juniors an introduction to scientific research under the guidance of CUNY research faculty and enhance scientific reading, writing and communication. (No fees. No information regarding stipends/award monies provided.)

NYU Center for the Study of Asian Health
The Center Student Investigator Program (CSI) provides training and research opportunities for students to gain knowledge and skills to address Asian American health disparities. Through their summer internship experience at CSAAH, students will receive trainings through seminars which aim to provide an understanding of culturally and linguistically appropriate approaches to research, outreach, community partnerships, and care delivery in Asian American populations. (No information regarding fees/stipends provided.)

NYU Poly Center for K12 STEM Education
The Center for K12 STEM Education focuses on developing lessons and techniques that bring together STEM disciplines and concepts through creative hands-on projects and experiments. We have found that the concept of engineering as the application of science and technology is a powerful lens for young people through which to view — and truly appreciate — the rules of the natural world. (Fees/stipends for each program under the YES umbrella are different. See website for details.)

NYU Psychology Department
This is not an official summer program but they are open to having high school summer interns work on psychology research projects. (This opportunity is unpaid.)

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Program for High School Students
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) offers summer research experiences to students at different levels of their academic development. Students participate in programs designed to give them an opportunity to learn and become active participants in cancer research. All applicants must be high school juniors. ($20 application fee; $50 activity fee for those accepted. Admitted students are asked to figure in $20/day for housing and $100/week for meals. Limited funding is available from a CURE grant for under-represented minorities [African American, Hispanic American, and Native American] to help with expenses.)

The Summer Science Program
The Summer Science Program (SSP) is a residential enrichment program in which high school students complete a hands-on research project in celestial mechanics. By day, students learn college-level astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming. By night they take a series of telescopic observations of a near-earth asteroid, and write software to convert those observations into a prediction of the asteroid’s orbit around the sun. There are two campuses: one in New Mexico, the other in California. (No application fee. $4,150 to attend, but scholarships available, including up to a $500 stipend for travel. They emphasize that financial concerns should not factor into your decision to apply.)

SUNY Stony Brook Simons Summer Research Program
The Simons Summer Research Program gives academically talented high school students who are between their junior and senior years the opportunity to spend seven weeks engaging in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques, and experience life at a research university. (No application fee. $1000 stipend delivered at the end of the program. Housing fees for students who stay on campus come to approximately $1900; mandatory meal plan costs $14/day.)

Summer Research Opportunities for High School Students During the School Year

Alley Pond Environmental Center Field Biology Internships
The internship programs introduce students to environmental field studies. Students learn how to conduct practical filed research through examination of water, soil, and air quality, and biodiversity. (No information regarding stipends provided; minimal registration fee — call 718-229-4000 x202 for more info)

American Museum of Natural History Science Research Mentoring Program
The Science Research Mentoring Programs (SRMP) at the American Museum of Natural History are intensive two-year programs for high school students to conduct original scientific research alongside Museum anthropologists, astrophysicists, earth and planetary scientists, and biologists. Each Science Research Mentoring Program includes a summer session where students can hone their skills and explore their research interests. (No information regarding stipends/fees provided.)

Columbia University Science Honors Program
The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a highly selective program for students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics. Classes are held at Columbia from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays throughout the academic year. ($30 fee for application processing. No tuition, no stipend.)

Coastal Studies for Girls
Coastal Studies for Girls provides high school sophomores with an 16-week-long opportunity to excel in science and technology in a community defined by academic, experiential and inspirational learning. CSG students engage in scientific inquiry, leadership development, critical thinking and stewardship while developing their educational and career aspirations. ($20 non-refundable application fee. Tuition for fall 2013 or spring 2014 is $18,500, approximately half the rate of a full-year at boarding school. Scholarships available for families in need.)

The New York Academy of Sciences- The Junior Academy
The Junior Academy is a virtual STEM program for high school students that combines mentor-led coursework in science research with open innovation challenges. This free program is sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation, ARM, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and others (No fees).

The Science Career Ladder
The Science Career Ladder is NYSCI’s signature education program. It is an opportunity for high school and college students to work at NYSCI and also participate in mentoring, professional development and career preparation activities.

The Young Naturalist Awards
The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science. (No fees. Cash awards available for winning entries.)

Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) for K-12 Students

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