About Us

What To Expect

STEM RA, housed within CUNY K-16, is a two-semester program consisting of a pre-college science course and summer experience. During the spring, students participate in a course that introduces the concept and practice of scientific research. It is followed by a six-week summer experience designed to build scientific literacy and numeracy skills while engaging in hands-on research in an academic research laboratory.  STEM RA students are encouraged to continue their research following the program’s completion and to apply to participate in the New York City Science & Engineering Fair (NYCSEF).

Who Can Apply?

Motivated 10th and 11th graders from NYC public high schools who have interest in STEM fields but whose schools do not offer research options are encouraged to apply.

Highly motivated, exceptional 9th graders will also be considered on an individual basis.

Student Summer Research

All STEM RA students that participate in both the spring pre-college course and the summer research experience (approximately 100 hours and other program requirements) receive a $1000 stipend, a Metrocard, and lunch vouchers.

STEM RA Community

STEM RA students belong to a community of student researchers across NYC.

The program is also one of over 20 research mentoring programs that serve students across New York City called the Science Research Mentoring Consortium. Housed at the American Museum of Natural History, members have opportunities to meet, network and collaborate with others during an end-of-summer research conference and exhibition. During this event, students share their research accomplishments with their peers, mentors, and research faculty.