The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM)

The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship (WERM) is open to current 9th, 10th, Y1s who will be 15 years old before June 15th, 2020. This 14-month program provides a unique opportunity to work with local ecologists and take part in ecological research projects. WERM students learn content and develop basic research skills during their first summer through hands-on projects and coursework. Building on their skills at weekend workshops during the academic year, students embark on a final research project under the guidance of a science mentor for their second summer.

The application deadline for this program is March 29th, 2020.

For more information and the online application please go to

Through our partnership with the college of Mount Saint Vincent, we offer two credit bearing college courses: Restoration of NYC’s Natural Areas and Mapping NYC’s Urban Environment: An Intro to GIS. WERM students take both courses their first summer, while Forest Project interns take only one each summer they participate. Students do not pay tuition!

Housed on the campus of Princeton University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute

Due Feb. 28, for 9th-Y1: Housed on the campus of Princeton University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute is an intensive academic and leadership program for high-achieving students. The Institute aims to sharpen students’ research and quantitative analysis skills, as well as writing, verbal, and critical reading skills through a diversity of high-level academic courses. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday March 6, 2020.  click on the link  Early and prompt submission of materials is highly recommended. For scholarship consideration, the application and supplementary materials submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020. Following this deadline, online applications and supplementary materials are due no later than Friday March 6, 2020

Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition (SPARC)

Free for High School Students:  Summer program in Applied Rationality and Cognition
This application is due February 15, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

SPARC helps talented high school students apply their quantitative thinking skills to their lives and the world. SPARC is hosted in Northern California for around two weeks, typically in late July and early August. Room and board are provided free of charge.

The curriculum covers topics from causal modeling and probability to game theory and cognitive science. But the focus of SPARC is on applying the same quantitative and rigorous spirit outside of the classroom. How can we understand our own reasoning, behavior, and emotions? How can we think more clearly and better achieve our goals?

Even when the content is challenging, the atmosphere is relaxed and centered on experiences. Classes are small and discussion-based, activities range from programming labs to estimation markets to periods of self-reflection, and invited speakers include academics, CEOs, and philanthropists.

Perhaps most importantly, SPARC students are surrounded by a community of thoughtful students, junior counselors, guests, and instructors. For many participants, discussing and sharing ideas outside of class is the most important part of SPARC.The program is free for all admitted students.Interested? Applications for SPARC 2019 are now open. For more information about SPARC, check out our FAQ or our video from 2014.

The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP)

Taking place at The Rockefeller University for two weeks in August to participate in a free course about the brain. Go here for more info/app: We will offer a challenging and lively class aimed at introducing students to neuroscience. Metrocards and food will be provided throughout the program. We seek motivated, mature, and inquisitive students, irrespective of previous scholastic achievement or interest level in science. We’re not necessarily looking for “straight A” students; we’re looking for distinctive, curious students—whether they’re shy or outgoing. Applicants will be screened and a subset will be contacted by the SNP directors to arrange an interview. - Students: How to get Nominated: Interested students should approach a teacher or mentor to nominate them for the program. Note that you must also fill out the student application in addition to getting nominated. Links to the application form and nomination form above.

Please contact us at with any concerns or if you do not have someone to nominate you.

DEADLINE: March 23rd

Intrepid Museum’s 2020 GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive program

Available for 9th grade female students!!!

The no-fee Summer program provides 50 students with STEM-based hands-on learning, social and leadership development. For 6-weeks the students are engaged in a STEM-based curriculum that challenges and develops scientific and critical thinking, problem-solving skills, group and team dynamics and professionalism. Through STEM based fieldtrips and on-ship mentorship sessions, students leave the program with an increased awareness of the interdisciplinary nature of STEM fields and careers.Students can obtain the application and supplemental materials at our website:

Student Application Help: Also new this year, we are offering application help, as we recognize there are households without access to desktop computers, high-speed internet, a scanner, etc. Current 9th grade students can register here to attend a free workshop led by GOALS alumnae to assist them with their paper or online application at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Mail paper applications or teacher recommendations postmarked on or before March 16, 2020 by 5:00pm EST to this address:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Attn: Shay Saleem
One Intrepid Square, Pier 86
West 46 Street and 12 Avenue
New York, NY 10036

In an effort to encourage all girls interested in the sciences to apply, we would like to offer two, no-cost opportunities:

Contact: Shay Saleem,

American Museum of Natural History HS Summer Internship

Consider becoming a Saltz Intern and learn to use equipment and technologies to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts, specimens, and the laws of physics. Use pieces of a telescope to explore how scientists view astronomical bodies in the Hall of the Universe, or discover how a snake’s vision is similar to Infrared cameras. In the Hall of Ocean Life, dive into the tiny but powerful work of plankton, or pass around some poisonous sea creatures and their victims. Training is provided for science content and communication skills. Participating in the Saltz Internship Program is an opportunity for you to meet Museum personnel, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors. Anyone interested in applying can use the link: for more information and for the link to the online application.

Saltz Internship applicants MUST:

  • Live or attend high school in New York City.;
  • Be 15-18 years old;
  • Submission of Online Application and Short Answer responses via application link located on website; Each Answer should be 1 paragraph of 4 – 5 sentences; How do you feel you would personally benefit from participating in this science internship?; What science topic do you find most interesting? Why?; How will this experience at the Museum help you further your academic and career goals?

Apply at:

DEADLINE: March 18

Genspace Biolab

Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings, providing a safe, supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology.

Biotechnology Crash Course

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sundays,  December 4,11,18

Class consists of three sessions of 4hrs each

Fee – $300 ($150 for students)

Sundays December 4th, 11th, and 18th, 2016 from 2-6PM Register for this class

Did you know that an entire human genome can be sequenced in less than three days? And that all the cheese that you eat is made with genetically engineered rennet?  This introductory course covers the basic techniques that facilitated the biotechnology revolution, and will show you where it is headed in the near future. We will go over the basic concepts, then get right into the wet lab work. You’ll isolate your own DNA and amplify a specific sequence using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). We’ll do some basic DNA analyses before sending the DNA to be sequenced. When the sequence data comes back, we use bioinformatics to interpret it and learn a bit about heritage.

Biohacker Boot Camp

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Monday,  December 12; Tuesday, December 13; Wednesday, December 14; Thursday, December 15

Four Weekday Evenings (Mon-Thurs) from 6-9PM

Fee: adults $300  students $150

December 12th-15th, 2016 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm - Register 

This is an intensive course that covers essentially the same material as the Biotech Crash Course, but in an accelerated format. You’ll be in the lab at the bench for most of it, so wear comfortable shoes. We’ll extract our own DNA, analyze ancestry through bioinformatics, splice genes into bacteria, and learn all the standard techniques such as using pipettors, gel electrophoresis, amplifying DNA with PCR reactions, working with restriction enzymes to build plasmids, and growing and transforming bacteria.

Bioinformatics Workshop

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, November 27

We are increasingly aware of the invisible and ubiquitous microbial component of our lives – in and on our bodies, in our environment. But, how do you actually measure that? What if you wanted to find out what bacteria are living around you? In this workshop we will learn the methods for identifying microbial species with DNA sequencing data.

We will use the Pathomap dataset and each participant will obtain the metagenomic sequences of their favorite subway station. We will learn how to navigate the public sequencing archives to find the data you are looking for, explain the file formats used for sequencing data and how to manipulate them, and gain hands-on experience on using the computational tools to identify bacterial species with that data, and visualize the results.

Bring your Linux or Mac laptop. Basic experience with the terminal is helpful though not required. 

Register Here

For more information, visit 

Amateur Astronomers Association

The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York was organized in 1927 to promote the study of Astronomy, emphasizing its cultural and inspirational value.

Astronomy Education

Astronomy can be as bewildering as it is entrancing. Missions to bodies in the solar system, planets orbiting distant stars, black holes and other exotic objects, and the very future of the universe, all seem to be in a state of flux with all the discoveries being made and theories being put forth these days.

The Amateur Astronomers Association helps members and the public keep up with this exciting field in a variety of ways:

The AAA underwrites its own lecture series at the American Museum of Natural History. Free of charge, anyone can attend a talk given by a scientist at the forefront of research.

The club offers very economical introductory classes in astronomy and astrophysics.

For more information, visit 

Bronx Westchester Area Health Education Center Internship

The internship allows students aspiring toward a career in the health professions the opportunity to work in a health care setting and interact regularly with health professionals. Students must live or attend school in the Bronx or Westchester. Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Center (BW AHEC) is a partner of the New York State Area Health Education Center System.  BW AHEC serves to improve the health and healthcare outcomes of underserved communities in the Bronx and Westchester areas through recruitment, retention and enrichment for the healthcare workforce.

Look at their website: