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STEM Research Academy

College Now

STEM Research Academy

The CCNY College Now STEM Research Academy is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to develop the essential skills to be strong scientific thinkers by engaging in authentic, inquiry-based, and research activities. Selected students will be enrolled in a Spring 2019 course in an area of research science. Upon successful completion of the research science course, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Research Internship – students are partnered with a City College faculty member and will pursue a research topic of interest.

The cost of the program is FREE to the students. College Now covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Students who participate in the program will receive a City College CUNY ID card that will give them access to the resources of the college. In addition, in the summer program, metro cards and lunch is provided.

In order to be eligible for the CCNY College Now STEM Research Academy, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must be a New York City Public High School 11th-grader during spring semester 2019.
  • You must have received a
    • 75 or above on the English Language Arts (ELA) Regents
    • OR 480+ on SAT Verbal or PSAT Critical Reading
    • AND have an overall HS average of at least 80.

You must have passed the following Regents exams:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Living Environment
  • Earth Science
  • Global Studies


Preference will be given to students who have completed or will have completed Algebra II-Trigonometry in the spring 2019 semester.

Note: Applications from students who will be enrolled in more than two Advanced Placement classes in Spring 2019 will not be prioritized.


Program Description and Schedule
SPRING 2019 (February 2019 – June 2019) – 25 students will be enrolled in a 54 hour hands-on-science research science course. This course will meet on the City College campus and students can receive a high school elective credit in science for successful completion.
Students who successfully complete the course for HS credit will have the opportunity to apply for a more advanced summer STEM research project.
SUMMER 2019 – 15 of the original 25 students will participate in a six week structured internship program where they will be matched with a City College faculty member based as much as possible on the student’s area of interest. Students who successfully complete 120 hours in the lab and participation in the Irondale project may be eligible for a $750 stipend. 

Application Process will commence on: October 29 and end on: December 11, 2018.