Here is a list of science opportunities for middle and secondary school students nationally. These range from summer camps to internships and represent for under represented students and those interested in the STEM fields. 



Afterschool STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program  (Graduate Students)

Begun in Fall 2010, the New York Academy of Sciences Afterschool STEM Mentoring program recruits graduate and postdoctoral students from universities New York City, Newark, and Upstate New York to volunteer to mentor one afternoon a week in underserved 4th through 8th grade afterschool classrooms at organizations like the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Mentors can choose to teach a variety of curriculum ranging from genetics to space science and can receive an Academy Fellow Teaching Credential for completing a semester of teaching and training.

Alfred University Summer Science Program (9th – 12th Grade Students)

Alfred University welcomes high school students to campus each year to take part in the programs listed below. This is an opportunity for students to learn more about their fields of interest, to sample life on a college campus, and to meet other students with similar interests and academic ability. Some science programs include: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Engineering the Elements (Polymers and Electronic Ceramics), Robotics Engineering

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) After School Program  (9th – 12th Grade Students)

Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Each course makes use of the Museum’s unique resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities. ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. Students may attend only one course per session.

AMNH Summer Science Institute  (9th – 12th Grade Students)

Participants in the Summer Science Institute will engage with science ideas on display in the exhibit halls through interactive, hands-on activities.  Apply for a week of inspiration where you explore a different topic each day, visit the Museum’s special exhibitions, and close out your summer with science.

Dolan DNA Lab Summer Camp (9th – 12th Grade Students)

The Dolan DNA Learning Center offers fun and challenging camps at the DNALC’s two Long Island centers in Cold Spring Harbor and Lake Success and at the Harlem DNA Lab in Harlem, NY, for science enthusiasts entering 6th–12th grade. Guided by experienced instructors, students will use sophisticated laboratory and computer equipment to perform experiments several grade levels ahead of their peers. 

Dolan DNA Saturday DNA! Program  (Ages 10-15 )

One session is offered for each Saturday in this newsletter. The October and December sessions are for ages 10-13 with an accompanying chaperone. The November session is for students ages 14 to adult with accompanying chaperone for participants under 15. All sessions are two hours long: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Chaperones fully participate in all program activities. Sessions are $15.00 per person ($30.00 for a participating student and accompanying chaperone.) The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. 

KIDZ Engineering 101

A nonprofit corporation, KIDZ is a fun program for children in grade levels K through 8 that focuses on Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education. It provides children with sequential workshops during after-school programs, enrichment classes and summer camps that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications in architecture, engineering, and project management. Give your child a glimpse of many career options with Club KE101.  They are provided through camps, home-school and after school programs in Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and The Bay Area in California.  Academics are taught by Irene Rinta, with a BS in Architecture, studies in Construction Management, and with over 20 years of professional experience in the industry. Classes are often attended by guest architects, engineers, and builders.

NASA High School NYCRI (Age 14 years +)

The NASA Summer 2015 NYCRI (New York City Research Initiative) is a STEM program provides high school students a stipend and opportunity to work directly with NASA scientists and an interdisciplinary research team on current NASA related research. The attachment also provides descriptions on how to apply through the OSSI system. Students can apply for multiple research opportunities at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies here in NYC.  The cutoff date for applications is March 1st for all internship opportunities. Students must complete their profile which includes submissions of recommendation letters and transcripts before they can apply to the specific opportunity. The internship opportunities are available for high school students whom are 16 and older and are US citizen. All applications must be submitted prior to March 1st through the OSSI system. 
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Rosewell Park – Summer Cancer Research Experience  (Age 14 years +)

To help make these informed decisions, consider an internship in which you will gain a first-hand research experience by working full-time on an independent cancer-related research project. Your research experience will be set within the collaborative and mentored environment of a world-renowned cancer researcher’s laboratory where you will work alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and technicians. Your core research experience will be supported by educational seminars and career development activities. These include a weekly course, invited speaker seminars and field trips to life sciences companies.

Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program  (Age 16 years +)

The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) provides 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. Over the seven weeks of the Program, participants will be immersed in the content, process, and culture of scientific research. Participants will engage in all aspects of the lab experience including doing research, reading the relevant literature, and participating in lab meetings. By the end of the summer, many participants experience the exhilaration of discovering something that nobody previously knew.

 SEAP: Science Engineering & Apprentice Program (Age 9th-12th Grades)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 265 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 25 DoN laboratories.  Program dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Students are expected to participate 8 continuous weeks. No vacation time is allowed during these eight weeks. It is strongly recommended to apply to laboratories that are close to your residence. No travel/relocation allowance will be provided. The stipend amount for students will be $3,300 for the 8 weeks, which will be paid in three installments. Returning students will receive $3,800 for the 8 weeks. The first check two checks will be distributed during the internship and the third check will be distributed at the end of the internship. Deadline: December 14th 2014

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