You live in the most amazing city in the world, so there are more opportunities available to you than high school students from anywhere else - take advantage of this! This may sound cliche, but learning shouldn't end once the school day is over. High school is a time for finding something you're passionate about, something that makes you say, "Wow, that's awesome! I want to learn more about this!" To that end, below I've listed some of the countless opportunities you have at your fingertips. Go explore, have fun, be challenged, find a new passion, meet new people, and be inspired! -- Mr. Z

Fall, Winter, & Spring Opportunities
Quick Note: As I said before, there are MANY programs out there. If you don't find something here you like, try googling "programs for high school students" or "research for high school students". There are many opportunities out there if you are willing to look around!

ACE Mentor Program
FREE Workshops & Long-Term Project: Awesome program for students interested in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering. Learn about these fields from teams of real architects and engineers! Application deadline hasn't been posted yet, but I know that ACE starts looking to match students to teams in late September, so register soon! For a description of the program, click here.
The Rockefeller University Programs for High School Students
FREE After School Programs with Potential Research Experiences: Rockefeller University, located right here in Manhattan, offers a few different opportunities for high school students during the school year:
  • Lab Out Loud [LOL]: This is a "science cafe" style event geared toward high school students including a short talk by a scientist followed by a networking activity to meet other scientists and likeminded students. These events occur on the third Friday of every month, 4:30-7:30pm. Check them out!
  • The Bridge to SSRP: Learning at the Bench (LAB) Initiative: The LAB Initiative will support 12 NYC high school students in an afterschool program to study *topic to be announced*. Students participating in this after school program will work within an authentic research environment and interact directly with scientists. During this time, students will participate in a series of interactive lectures and hands-on demonstrations that will discuss the underpinnings of microbiology, genetics, and bioinformatics, and provide a broad understanding of the scientific method and experimental design. Upon successful completion of the Bridge Program, participating students will be able to earn a spot in the Summer Science Research Program (SSRP), which meets for 7 weeks during the summer (June 26th – August 10th, 2017). In this program Bridge students will build upon their knowledge, and conduct an independent research project in one of the 73 laboratories at Rockefeller.
AMNH After School Program
FREE Courses: Take advantage of all that American Museum of Natural History has to offer! During the year AMNH hosts five different sessions during which they offer a variety of six-week long after-school courses, including some science research courses. There are so many different types of courses offered (both life and physical sciences), you're sure to find one that interests you!
AMNH Science Research Mentoring
PAID Research Opportunity: AMNH offers students an opportunity to work alongside one of their scientists for an entire year as they engage in real, cutting-edge research! To be applicable, you must complete at least 3 Science Research courses in the After School Program (see above). The application will become available sometime in the winter (email them to find out exactly when). Upon completion, you earn a STIPEND ($$$). To be clear, you will applying for a position in the 2018 - 2019 academic year (for this reason, it is not open to current 12th graders).
AMNH Brown Scholars Program for Young Women
FREE Intensive Program: The Brown Scholars program is a 3-year, tuition-free intensive program focused on the intersection of computer science and science for 9th and 10th grade young women offered by the American Museum of Natural History. It involves coursework (two afternoons a week, 4:30-6:30pm). Upon completion of the coursework, you're eligible for a 9-month PAID internship! Check it out!
AMNH Saltz Internship Program
PAID Internship: American Museum of Natural History invites students to work with mentors who will teach them how to use new technologies and build important skills, and work as an intern at the museum. Preference is given to those students who partook in the AMNH After School Program (see above). There's an information session on September 8th. The application deadline is super early (September 17th).
STEP Program at NYU Langone Medical Center
FREE Year-Long Program: "The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) seeks to cultivate diversity in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math by increasing the numbers of racially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who apply for college and medical school. The program provides 10th- and 11th-grade students with SAT preparation, financial aid workshops, health professions training, social justice education, trips to local academic institutions, professional schools and colleges, and academic, career, and personal mentorship. It is held during three consecutive semesters: spring, summer, and fall. Participants are required to commit to all three semesters." Application deadline is November 15th.
Sophie Davis CUNY School of Medicine Health Professions Mentorship Program
FREE Program: "The CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program is offering an exciting 2-year Health Professions Mentorship Program for rising high school juniors thinking about a career in the health field. Careers like medicine, nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy, public health, and research are possible with a college degree in basic or biomedical sciences, social sciences, or specialized health sciences." You'll have to email the organization (email address is in the flyer) to get more information, but last year the deadline to apply was sometime in the Spring (likely April). You apply in 10th grade, and then beginning the program in the summer between 10th and 11th grades.
Columbia University Science Honors Program
FREE Program/Courses: The Columbia University Science Honors Program is for students with a strong interest in science or math. Classes meet Saturday mornings (10AM - 12:30PM) during the school year. Look through the course list - there are some AWESOME ones listed! 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students are invited to apply. Applications are due sometime in February or March!
Baruch College STEP Academy
FREE Workshops: Baruch offers this program during the fall and spring on Saturdays (its a semester-long program). A whole range of activities are planned to prepare students interested in pursuing STEM-related majors in college. The application deadline for the fall semester is September 22nd! Check it out!
Young Women in Bio
FREE Events and Mentoring Program: "Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women In Bio, designed to introduce school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging middle and high school girls to consider the life sciences as a career choice. The events ignite girls’ curiosity in the life sciences while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. The National YWIB Committee is comprised of scientists, managers, legal professionals and bioentrepreneurs who all share the passion of inspiring a love of science in girls, and who are committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM. Presently, the Committee is spearheading initiatives such as collaborative projects with other non-profit organizations and internships, mentorship, and online programs for middle and high school girls." Go to the website to create a profile, and from there you can browse their events.
World Science Academy
FREE Program: World Science Academy is offering tracks for students and educators to focus on neuroscience, environmental science, and general sciences. The programs include participation in workshops, lab tours, study design, implementation, analysis, and presentation, public communication opportunities, and meeting and interacting with a variety of high-level scientists. You can see a list here: World Science Academy. The fields of science explored include:
  • Neuroscience: Understand the parts of the brain and how they work and change over time
  • Environmental: Understand the interactions between geo and marine processes that shape the planet and climate
  • General Sciences: A general introduction to the various disciplines in science including physics, chemistry, genetics, engineering and more
The sign-up deadline for all students is October 10th. They are aiming for approximately 20 students per school with one to two educators.
Institute of Arctic Studies Programs
FREE Program Abroad: The Institute of Arctic Studies offers programs that expand the understanding of polar science by engaging with secondary students and teachers. The Joint Science Education Program (JSEP) is a program supported by the National Science Foundation that brings together high school students from the U.S., Greenland and Denmark to student polar science through hands-on field activities in Greenland. The Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE) is a program run by the Chilean Antarctic Institute and supported by the National Science Foundation to educate Chilean and U.S. high school students in polar science through hands-on activities and field study in Antarctica. The ONLINE APPLICATION for JSEP 2018 and JASE 2019 will be available in the Fall sometime. Students can apply for one or both programs using the same application. See this flyer for additional information. You should email them to find out when the applications will become available.
Barnard Saturday Science Seminars (S-Cubed)
FREE Workshops: Barnard offers a series of five Saturday workshops (January - March) to young women in the 11th grade interested in STEM. The application hasn't been posted yet but will be available in October and due in November, so keep checking. Also, you will need a teacher to nominate you (let me know if you're interested).
Barnard Pre-College Programs
Assorted Programs: Barnard offers programs to rising junior and senior women. Some are free, but some cost money.
Baruch College Now STEM Research Academy Applications
FREE SpringAfter School Program and Summer Research Program: The STEM Research Academy will allow a total of 20-25 qualified high school juniors from select NYC Public High Schools to take a spring pre-college science course (for H.S. credit) to introduce students to the expectations of working in a research lab environment. Upon completion of the course, students will to enroll in a six week summer research experience with a Baruch College faculty member. Upon completion of both semesters students will receive $750 stipend and possibly one college credit. Application deadline: December 1st!
Urban Barcode Research Program
Research Experience: "We are pleased to offer the Urban Barcode Research Program (UBRP), science education initiative to engage high school students to study biodiversity in NYC using DNA technology. Students complete introductory workshops and then conduct independent, student-driven research projects using DNA barcoding under expert mentorship. The UBRP enables students to gain knowledge, confidence, and interest in science while studying the interaction between biodiversity and human activity. Students are first required to take two mandatory courses." See website for more information. Application is due September 5th.
NASA Internships for High School Students
FREE Internship Program: Available year-round (four different sessions). Directly from website: "NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals." There are many different types of internships offered - check them out!
NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium
FREE/PAID Research Experiences: This organization has formed a network with 15 other organizations that provide high school students with free or paid research experiences. Scroll through the list and see which ones appeal to you! Deadlines for applications vary, depending on the individual programs.
MSKCC Annual Student Lecture
FREE One-Day Lecture: Memorial Sloan-Kettering holds a lecture once a year for high school and college students. This year it will focus on major trends in cancer research. It is usually held in November. Registration information will become available in September (be on the lookout)!
Women In Science and Engineering Conference (WISE)
FREE One-Day Conference: At W.I.S.E., young women in grades 5-12 spend the day learning from experienced female engineers through fun, hands-on projects. If you enjoy science, technology, or math, love to tinker and see how things work, or wonder what engineers do, W.I.S.E. welcomes you. The event is free. Registration begins this coming Monday, September 18, and is on a first come, first served basis. Lunch is provided.

STEM Futures
PAID Program: This program is only open to female high school students. "STEM Futures is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) immersion program that will explore: Biotechnology and genomics; Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Planetarium Production; Environmental Preservation; Engineering; Music Production and Audio Engineering. This new GALA program will meet Fridays 4:30-7pm, Saturdays 11-4, and the following days off from school: 10/3, 10/4, 10/12 and 11/8, and February 20th-24th, 2017. This is an incredible opportunity to discover STEM careers through workshops, speakers, and various field trips. A stipend will be distributed at the end of the session." NOTE: This program ran last year, I'm not positive it will run again. If you're interested, fill out the application anyhow and see what happens.
Engineering Career Day at NJIT
FREE Workshop: Directly from website: "The Newark College of Engineering hosts an “Engineering Career Day” on the campus of NJIT. The program is designed to give high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore options in six diverse engineering fields, all on the same day. Biomedical Engineering, Chemical, Biological & Pharmaceutical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and Engineering Technology. Students will be escorted throughout the campus, and your students will be able to meet with currently enrolled engineering students and faculty. In addition, there are a series of workshops that are run concurrently with these student tours, oriented to both teachers and guidance counselors and professional development credits will be awarded." Dates for 2017 are October 13th and December 8th. If you're interested in going, please let me know and I'll see if we can arrange a trip there!
Small Business Innovation Research Experiences through the NSF
PAID Research Experience: Opportunity for High School Students to do research with scientists and get paid for doing it! Check it out ASAP!
New York Space Grant Consortium
Programs & Research Experiences: This site hosts links to a variety of programs and research experiences for high school students (scroll down to the lower half of the page). Check it out!
STEM Opportunities for High School Students
Programs & Research Experiences: This is a list of STEM opportunities across the US for HS students.
Cooper Union School of Art Outreach Pre-College Program
Courses: Cooper Union offers art-related studio classes on Saturdays for students seriously considering pursuing an art degree. There are three sessions: Fall, Winter, and Spring. The portfolio review date for the Fall session is September 16th! You will have to contact them for the dates for the review sessions for the winter and spring sessions.
Cooper Union Saturday Program
Courses: Directly from website: "The Saturday Program is a free Art & Architecture Program for NYC public HS students. We offer free classes in Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Sculpture, Sound Composition, Architecture and Portfolio Preparation. All classes include ‘hands-on’ studio work (with free classroom supplies), creative writing workshops, and field trips to cultural sites. Each year, over 200 N.Y.C. public high school students enroll. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10am-5pm, for two semesters each school year (October-December, and January- April). All classes meet at the Cooper Union college campus in the East Village." Applications are due September 19th!
National Youth Leadership Forums
Programs: The National Youth Leadership Forum offers a variety of programs for students on the topics such as Medicine, Business, National Security, Law, Engineering, Journalism, and Game Design. Deadlines vary, depending on the program, so check them out now.
National Youth Summit Series
Conference/Program: Quote from website: "The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on specific issues. The STEM and health-focused conferences held annually in Washington, DC are for high school students, grades 9 through 12. Each event provides an opportunity for a team of students (as few as two, and as many as eight), accompanied by an adult mentor/chaperone, to learn skills, participate in hands-on learning sessions and develop action plans to create real change in their community." There are summits in Aerospace, Robotics, Maker, Agri-science, and Healthy Living.

Summer Opportunities
Quick Note: Again, the list below is just a few of the summer opportunities I've come across. Google "summer programs for high school students" and you'll find tons more.
Hk Maker Lab
FREE Summer Program: Directly from website: "The Hk Maker Lab is an intensive six-week summer program to learn the foundations of design. Focusing on addressing a health problem, participants will design, prototype and test a biomedical device and develop an associated business plan. The program will culminate in a presentation to leading executives from the biomedical community. The Hk Maker Lab projects might then be incubated using the state-of-the-art facilities at Harlem Biospace." Deadline to apply: March 9th, 2018
NASA Internships for High School Students
FREE Summer Internship: Directly from website: "NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals."
Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) Program For High School Women
FREE Summer Program: Directly from website: "Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) is a FREE, three-week, full-day summer program providing an introduction for high school women on the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. No background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply, only your interest and enthusiasm. We are looking for young women currently in high school (9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade). The program meets Monday-Friday for three weeks." Application will be due sometime in May.
ARISE: Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering
FREE Research Program: Directly from website: "This selective program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This seven week program includes: college level coursework, a high level research experience in one of several NYU-Poly faculty labs, and mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student. In the coursework, students will be introduced to engineering concepts and principles, the scientific method and ethics, research practices and lab safety." Awesome opportunity to do research - check it out!! Applications are due sometime at the end of February.
ieSoSC Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities
FREE Program: "NEW for summer 2017—thanks to generous support from National Grid, the Center for K-12 STEM Education is pleased to announce the launch of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Science of Smart Cities (ieSoSC). Applications are now open for students entering 9th -12th grade in September 2017. Created as a follow-up experience to our Science of Smart Cities program, ieSoSC is an opportunity that offers 5 weeks of intensive STEM instruction and mentoring on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Downtown Brooklyn campus in technology and engineering skills, design and prototyping, built around real world ‘smart city’ applications and research." Applications are due sometime in April.
Summer Courses for HS Students at NYU Poly
College Courses: Directly from website: "NYU Precollege Programs: Precollege is college. NYU Precollege offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience academic and student life at New York University. Develop your technical skills with a fun and challenging course over the summer while earning college credit. Below is the list of courses offered during the Summer of 2014. In order to apply for these courses, you must apply using the link below." Applications become available February 1st.
Secondary School Field Research Program at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
FREE Research Program: Directly from website: "Lamont Doherty's Secondary School Field Research Program engages High School teachers and students as science interns, working with Lamont scientists. We operate a 6-week full-time summer internship program, in collaboration with the Harlem Childrens' Society and the Columbia Summer Research Program. Teachers and students work in the field, collecting samples of water, soil, air, plants and animals in local wetlands, forests and even urban environments. Teachers and students measure many of their own samples in Lamont laboratories, where they receive training in basic laboratory skills from our research staff." Email them to find out more details!
Physics of Atomic Nuclei
FREE Short Research Program: Directly from website: "PAN is an outreach program at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University. It is run by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) and either NSL or NSCL faculty and staff. We welcome students who have completed at least one year of high school and science teachers (primarily high school physics or chemistry, though others have found the program useful). The program introduces participants to the fundamentals of the extremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology. Students must complete a pre-application, follow directions for 2 teacher recommendations to be submitted, and complete an application." Deadline: Early April!
Human Oncology and Pathogenesis (Biomedical Sciences) Summer Program for High School Students
FREE Summer Program: Directly from website: "The Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP) Summer Student Program is designed for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. The program is focused on two distinct areas:
  • Independent research and a stimulating learning environment
    • Students will have a chance to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of a HOPP principal investigator (PI). The PI matches each student with a mentor — typically a senior member from the lab, such as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, the students will be expected to present their research project at a poster session.
  • Extracurricular events, tours, training, and luncheons
    • The students will also have the opportunity to explore outside of the laboratory by participating in a variety of events. These extracurricular activities contribute an additional facet to the internship and allow them to become fully immersed in the world of translational medicine and research. The events are hosted by programs throughout Memorial Sloan Kettering, including the Office of Diversity, various Memorial Hospital clinical departments, and Human Resources.
Great program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. See the website. Applications will become available in November and are due sometime in early February.
Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI)
FREE Research Program: Directly from website: "The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students is a two-week, all expenses paid, residential program for current high school students in the United States. The purpose of the program is to expose students to scientific research through hands-on projects, to enable students to work with real-world scientists, and to increase students’ awareness of career opportunities in related fields." Application is due around late February or March!
Manhattan College Engineering Programs for High School Students
FREE Programs: From website: " Manhattan College's School of Engineering offers several programs throughout the year to introduce high school students to the field of engineering." Applications are due at different times, but get them in early as this program fills up quickly! You'll need to email the professors mentioned for more information.
NY Bioforce
Students get 140 hours of training for cutting edge jobs in the biomedical field. They are then placed in paid internships in research labs and a biotech start-ups.
Pencil Fellows Internship Program
PAID Internship: Find an internship that will pay you!
Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship
PAID Year-Long Research Program: Directly from website: "Wave Hill’s Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship 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!" Applications become available in December.
Forest Project
PAID Summer Internship: Directly from website: "Spend an unforgettable summer working as part of a small crew protecting and improving Wave Hill’s woodlands, enjoying the outdoors, learning about restoration ecology and making friends. This paid summer internship gives high school students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about ecology in an urban setting. Throughout the summer, interns gain hands-on field experience and participate in a dynamic, field-based course. Guest speakers, field trips and special projects contribute to an immersive and rewarding summer. The work is demanding but satisfying—building and maintaining woodland trails, removing invasive plant species, shoring up eroded slopes and helping to document the process of restoring the disturbed woodland toward a more balanced state. Team-building activities help create a strong sense of community and connection both to fellow interns and to the collective mission." Application due March.
Cornell Summer College
Programs & Courses: Take interesting classes and earn college credit at one of our country's best and most beautiful universities! Cornell offers talented high school students the chance to experience real college courses. This opportunity is open to students following their sophomore, junior, or senior year, but you must be younger than 18 years old. Check it out! Applications for most courses are due May 4th (one in particularly, for the Biological Research course, is March 9th). Note: You will have to pay for tuition, which includes room & board.
New York Space Grant Consortium
Programs & Research Experiences: This site hosts links to a variety of programs and research experiences for high school students, some of them for the summer. Check it out! (Scroll down to see the programs for High School students.)
Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Work/Study Program
PAID Internship: If you are a minority senior and serious about pursuing a career in media (business, creative, journalism, technology, or sales), this long-term PAID internship could be for you! This foundation accepts minority students in good academic standing (GPA at least 3.0) and matches them with media companies to intern for four summers, starting the summer after senior year. They have placements in many cities around the country. Check it out now! Application deadline is the end of January.
The Collegiate Blog
Variety: This blog has a list of over 80 FREE summer programs available to high school students, and many of them are located right here in NYC! (Note: Some of them are only open to students in a certain state, but most are open to all students.)
MIT Summer Programs
Variety: Browse all opportunities! There are a few different types - six-week program, 1-week program, and a 6-month online program. Applications open in November, and most applications are due early February (NOTE: The one program for 7-10th graders, called SEED, its application is due December 1st.)
MITES: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science
FREE Courses: This program offers students a chance to study at MIT for a summer. You will take rigorous courses that will expose you to the exciting world of STEM! Applications will be available in November, and the deadline to apply will be in sometime in January. Make sure you read through the application requirements carefully (I think you may be required to submit SAT or ACT scores).
AMNH High School Summer Science Institute
FREE Workshops: AMNH offers students the chance to explore a range of scientific disciplines using the resources of the museum. Students can sign up for one or two weeks in August. It's not free, but there is financial aid. The application has not been posted yet - email them today to find out when!
The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program
FREE Research Opportunity: Conduct research and build essential skills under the guidance of real scientists during this seven-week program offered by Rockefeller University in NYC. The application will be available in October. Apply early! Deadline will be sometime in mid-January.
Summer Neuroscience Program at Rockefeller University
FREE Course: This two-week course offered by Rockefeller University in NYC exposes students to the study of the brain. Students must be nominated by their teachers (so let me know if you're interested!) during March.
Sophie Davis Health Sciences Mentorship Program
Mentorship Program: This program is offered through the Sophie Davis School School of Biomedical Education at CCNY. There's not much more information readily available - but you should check this out! Look under the "SD Summer Health Sciences Mentorship Program."
Science Summer Opportunities
A NYC Science Teacher (Ms. Davies) also has a website where she posts summer science opportunities. Check it out!
Trip of a Lifetime
Program Abroad: Trip of a Lifetime is a student-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization that uses summer travel experiences to unlock the true potential in underprivileged students, enabling them to become the leaders of tomorrow. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $250,000 and has sent thirty-two students on trips. Deadline: March 15th
Camp Cardiac
Program: From website: "Camp Cardiac serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field. In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise. Although Camp Cardiac's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine." Applications open in February!
Camp Neuro
Program: From website: "Camp Neuro serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Neuro provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in both the medical and psychological fields. In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise. Although Camp Neuro's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine."
Applications open in February!
Research Opportunities
Research Opportunity: This webpage contains links to lots of summer research opportunities for high school students. Check them out soon, as most applications are due in early spring.
Cooper Union Summer STEM Program
Research Opportunity: Cooper Union's School of Engineering creates teams of high school students and places them to work on projects lead by teaching assistants and professors. Applications will be due in the spring, sometime around March.
Baruch STEP Academy
Courses: Baruch offers a variety of four-week long courses as part of its summer STEP Academy, a precollege program. It's unclear when the application period will start, but I imagine it will be in the late winter, around February or March.
Barnard Summer Programs
Programs: Barnard offers six different summer programs (some science related, some not). Check them all out! Applications are available starting February 1st.
Sc3 Student Climate & Conservation Congress
Program: This week-long program held in DC & West Virginia focuses on the topic of natural resource conservation. It's unclear as to when applications are due - so email them!
John Jay College Summer Program
Courses and Workshops: Quote from website: "The John Jay College of Criminal Justice College Now Program’s Law and Criminal Justice Summer Institute (CJSI) is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the American criminal justice system. Through classroom instruction, guest lectures and hands-on activities students learn the about the historical and contemporary workings of our criminal justice in practice. Students will also identify potential career pathways and learn how to acquire necessary training and educational credentials required for entry into specific criminal justice occupations." Applications are due in the spring, sometime around May.
UPenn Summer VETS Program
Program: Interested in Veterinary Medicine? Check out this one-week program for high school students. You're given the opportunity to shadow fourth-year residents of the UPenn Vet School.
Wolfram Science Summer School
Program: A unique opportunity to do original research at the frontiers of science, the Wolfram Science Summer School helps about 40 students from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds learn about Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science (NKS) and apply it to their fields of interest. Most of these students are advanced undergraduates and early graduate students, but those in different circumstances are considered. We are looking for students who want to move their careers in the NKS direction. Applications are due May 15th. Program is free, but you will have to pay for room and board.
Mathematica Summer Camp
Program: Directly from website: ""The Mathematica Summer Camp is an intensive 12-day program geared toward advanced science, technology, and mathematics students entering grades 11 and 12. Students will learn Mathematica programming skills and higher math through projects and lectures. The camp combines hands-on training with Wolfram Research employees and instructors, peer collaboration, expert speakers on topics of interest, and individual exploration. Homework and individual projects will be assigned based on programming skill and subject interest. " Application deadline is not specified, so get it in ASAP!
Summer Young Scholars Program through CURENT
PAID Research Opportunity: This six-week long program will actually PAY YOU to do research! You will conduct research in a STEM field, learn about job opportunities, and learn new skills! It's unclear as to when applications will be available - so email them ASAP!
Center for Excellence in Education Research Science Institute
Research Opportunity: This FREE six-week long program held at MIT will give students a deep research experience. This prestigious research program will post applications soon, and will be due sometime in the winter, around February.
Women's Technology Program
Program: This four-week summer program immerses young women in the fields of engineering (only open to 11th grade junior girls). They offer two tracks: Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The application will be available in November.
Girls on Ice
Program: Quote from site: "Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier." Open to high school women only! Applications due January 31st!
Summer Science Program
Courses and Project: This program gives students the chance to engage in a research project while studying math, physics, astronomy, and computer programming. Applications open December 15th and are due March 1st.
MIT Launch
Program: This four-week program is for those students interested in business and the idea of starting their own company someday! Learn important skills from Ivy League professors and successful business owners as they help you plan your own business. More information regarding applications will be posted sometime this fall. Check again soon!
Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Camp
Courses: Affiliated with AMNH, this program offers a variety of nature-related week-long courses for students to take over the summer. Registration starts in March, and it's done on a first-come, first-serve basis.
BlueStamp Engineering
Long-Term Projects: Interested in engineering and design? This program is for you! Work on a variety of projects over the course of six weeks, building important skills along the way. Applications open January 1st.
National Youth Leadership Forum
Programs: The National Youth Leadership Forum gives students the opportunity to explore one of three fields (Medicine, Law & CSI, or National Security) over the summer through a combination of lectures, shadowing professionals, and field trips. You must be nominated by a teacher (let me know if you're interested) by September 20th!

Challenges & Competitions
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
"The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF."
GAMA Build a Plane 2017 Aviation Design Challenge
"Schools interested in the competition will receive complimentary “Fly to Learn” curricula, which comes with flight simulation software powered by X-Plane. Teachers will guide students through the science of flight and airplane design, completing the curricula in approximately six weeks in the classroom or in four weeks through an accelerated program. Each high school will apply what they have learned by modifying the design of an airplane. The schools will then compete in a virtual fly-off, which will be scored on aerodynamic and performance parameters while flying a specific mission profile. Judges from GAMA will select the winning school based on that score and other factors." See website for more details.
CSAW '17 High School Forensics Competition
Directly from website: "In the HSF competition, students work in teams of one to three (plus a mentor) to identify and analyze electronic evidence related to a crime. In the online prelims, they choose from categories including network analysis, mobile forensics, live system forensics, steganography, file carving, and more, answering questions to earn points. The teams with the most points are flown to NYC or Abu Dhabi to compete on­-site in the finals, where the CSAW Murder Mystery waits to be solved." There is an information session September 15th, and preliminaries start September 22nd, so get moving!
Innovate to Mitigate
Directly from website: "When facing a challenge unlike anything in the history of human civilization, we need solutions that are, in a word, innovative. Innovate to Mitigate is a new kind of climate action to address this challenge. This website supports you and your team as you compete to create a new and scalable way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. You may invent a more efficient way to generate clean energy, or find a more effective way to save energy on a large scale. You may even figure out how to pull CO2 out of the air and lock it away from the carbon cycle."
Future Engineers Challenge
I'm not positive, but I believe the challenges change from time to time. This challenge is supported by NASA.
Clean Tech Competition
The Clean Tech Competition is a unique, worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators.
Spirit of Innovation Challenge
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is where students become rock stars! The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge invites high school students and their coaches (teachers, parents) to Get Their Genius On during its annual competition. Using science, technology, engineering and math skills, teams develop innovative products to help solve global and local problems while supporting global sustainability. As part of the program, the Conrad Challenge matches participants with world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs as mentors to assist with advanced academic and business principles.
Quote from website: "ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles."
Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Engineering
Quote from website: "The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives teens the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become agents of change. Beginning August 13, 2013 through March 4, 2014, high school student teams from across the country are challenged to create sustainable environmental improvements that can be replicated around the globe."
Science Talent Search
Quote from website: The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society) is the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors. Since 1942, first in partnership with Westinghouse, then with Intel 1998-2016, and now with Regeneron, the Society has provided a national stage for the country's best and brightest young scientists to present original research to nationally recognized professional scientists." Applications are due beginning of November!
Robo Expo
Directly from website: "The Robo Expo is an event for students of all ages, with a shared interest in robotics, to come together to pursue similar goals or express themselves uniquely. Participation in Robo Expo is open to schools, home school groups, clubs, and any children sponsored by an adult. Robo Expo exhibits are open to all robotics kits—NXT, EV3, RCX, Arduino, Wedo, Hummingbirds, and anything else."
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
See the website for details!
Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
Quote from website: "All students participate in a team of 3-10 students to design, build, and fly a rocket. Like aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same basic mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning a raw egg (”the astronaut”) without cracking. Each year a unique task is also included; this year we are challenging students to fly their egg horizontally."
Lexus Eco Challenge
Directly from website: "The Lexus Eco Challenge is a STEM Contest for grades 6 - 12 built on environmental issues & practical solutions. Start by choosing one or both of the following topics - "Land & Water" or "Air & Climate". Within the topic(s), identify an environmental issue that affects your local community. Then, download the Action Plan or begin using our online entry system where you can save your work and come back later to complete your entry as you progress."
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams
Directly from website: "Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply. Students learn to work in teams, while collaborating with intended users of their inventions. They partner with organizations in their communities to enrich their experiences. Most of all, students learn to move forward through challenges and celebrate "Eureka!" moments."
Google Science Fair
This is an awesome competition, conducted all around the Globe. Check out some of the amazing projects students have done in the past. This is definitely a competition worth looking into!

Here I will post any college scholarships or money for other academic purposes that I come across, but you should discuss these with your guidance counselor before applying, just to make sure they are reputable. Start looking into them early!

Albert Shanker College Scholarship from UFT
Directly from Website: "Each year, the United Federation of Teachers proudly awards nearly $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from New York City public schools. Scholarship winners are living proof that excellence can thrive in New York City schools. Their hard work — and the dedication of all the educators who worked with them — enable them to achieve academic distinction." Deadline: January 31st
Scholarship Plus
Scholarship Plus is a college scholarship program founded in 2010 to provide financial assistance and strong undergraduate support for outstanding but economically challenged New York City high school graduates in the city's five boroughs. The students we support are not just bright, but have already shown grit and determination in their young lives, distinguishing themselves academically despite both economic and personal obstacles. They are at or near the top of their classes, showing great promise though often graduating from academically weak city schools. Scholarship Plus provides up to $7,500 a year as well as a paid internship. In the belief that financial aid alone is not enough to assure safe passage through college, even for the best of students, the program provides more than money. The "Plus" includes paid internships the summer after high school and, from that time on, academic counseling, summer job support, internships and career advice, mentoring of various sorts and personal guidance when needed. Deadline: February 14th
Milton Fisher Scholarship
A four-year scholarship! We offer up to $20,000 (up to $5000 per year for four years). The scholarship is open to exceptionally Innovative and Creative High School Juniors, Seniors and College Freshmen who are from Connecticut or the New York City metro area (and plan to attend or are attending college anywhere in the U.S.) OR from any part of the U.S. who plan to attend (or are attending) college in CT or NYC. Do You Think Outside The Box? Apply for this scholarship if you are . . . a student who has solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way; a student who has come up with a distinctive solution to problems faced by your school, community or family; or a student who has created a new group, organization, or institution that serves an important need. Deadline: April 30th
NYS HESC Grants, Scholarships, and Awards
This organization offers a range of scholarships for students from New York. Check them out!
QuestBridge National College Match
Directly from website: "The QuestBridge National College Match is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.
If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students."
QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program
Directly from website: "The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding low-income high school juniors an early advantage in college admissions. College Prep Scholars are uniquely prepared to gain admission and full scholarships to top-tier colleges through QuestBridge. The majority are also selected as Finalists for the National College Match. Being selected as a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that celebrates your achievements and gives you an early start in applying to college." There is a possibility for full scholarships to summer programs at select schools.
GAMA Scholarships
There are four different scholarships available, all related to aviation. If you're interested in studying aviation in college, you should apply for these!

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