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TEM prize for middle- and high-school students now accepting applications

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is now accepting applications for its CTY Cogito Research Award given to middle- and high-school students. Up to 10 students or student teams will receive award to support projects proposed in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.

CTY Cogito Award terms:

Awards are to cover costs of doing research
Amount of grants: up to $600
Award winners will be paired with a virtual advisor from JHU CTY faculty
Must become a member of Cogito (membership is free) to apply. Find out how to become a member here:
CTY Cogito Award winners must blog about the progress of their research on the Cogito site

Application deadline: October 31, 2014.  Awards will be announced on or about December 31, 2014.  For more information and a downloadable application: is an award-winning website produced at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for students from around the world who love science, technology, engineering, and math.  The CTY Cogito Research Award program extends the mission to foster the development of the world’s most promising young scientists and to create a community that includes peers as well as working scientists and mathematicians.

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Bronx-Westchester Area Health Education Centers (BW-AHEC) is six-week PAID summer placement opportunity that targets Bronx and Westchester County junior/senior high school and freshman/ sophomore college students who have expressed an interest in the health fields. Students are exposed to a variety of careers in the health fields as well as to health issues affecting their communities.
Students are placed three days a week for eight hours a day, with mandatory didactic sessions once a week at Lehman College. These sessions encompass a full day and include lectures, field trips and other healthrelated activities. Students who successfully complete the Summer Health Internship Program will emerge with newfound connections, job-readiness skills and insight into the world of healthcare.

Applications are available in March at

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Albert Einstein College of Medicine has a 4-week full-time summer research program for high school students!

The Einstein-Montefiore Summer High School Research Program introduces high school students age 16 and older to the excitement of leading-edge scientific research. It is our hope that because of this experience, students will begin to think about a career in science while still in high school

Students are selected from a pool of applicants for a five-week full-time summer research experience. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence and be recommended by their high school science teacher and/or science chair.

Students are assigned to Einstein research labs and will join the lab team under the guidance of the laboratory director (or principal investigator) who will serve as a mentor.

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Awesome Summer Math Programs for high school students!
Summer Math Programs
Summer Math Programs

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The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a Saturday morning program specifically designed for high school students in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. Classes are held on the Columbia University Morningside Campus during the entire academic year from September through May.
The Columbia University Science Honors Program (SHP) is a highly selective program for students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics. Classes are held at Columbia from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturdays throughout the academic year. Applicants for the 2014-2015 school year must now be in the eleventh, tenth, or ninth grade and must apply online. The program is available only to students who attend high schools in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut and who live within a 75-mile radius of the Columbia campus.
Application Requirements
A completed online application, including a report of high school grades and an essay describing one's interest and background in science and mathematics.
An official high school transcript, to be mailed directly to the SHP by the student's high school.
An online letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal.
A $30 non-refundable fee to cover the costs of application processing and test administration.
Entrance Examination
As part of the application process, there will also be a 3-hour entrance examination given at Columbia University. There are two scheduled Saturday dates for the entrance examination in the spring of 2014: April 5 and April 26. Students will be asked to indicate their preferred examination date; however, the SHP cannot guarantee that a student will receive his/her first choice. The examination will be from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The test will contain questions in mathematics and science. Students are expected to have a background in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability, together with some knowledge of elementary science subjects. No special studying or review is needed for the examination.
Application Deadline
The deadline for SHP receipt of the completed online application is 11:59 PM on February 27, 2014. The $30 fee payment, whether by credit card or check, must also be received by the SHP by February 27, 2014. No applications will be accepted after this date.

Mailed official transcripts and online letters of recommendation must be received by the SHP no later than March 20, 2014.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Summer Student Program

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.
In 2013, the program provided 21 students with a chance to find out more about careers in translational research. Students practiced novel techniques for conducting research experiments and attended enriching training sessions and tours designed to sustain their curiosity for science.

If you are a high school student who is interested in science, our summer program offers an opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility and explore the kinds of questions that researchers are asking today. In addition, you will have a chance to expand your network of connections with other students and learn more about departments involved in clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Ultimately, the HOPP Summer Student Program offers students a chance to discover what careers in science are like, make advances toward future career goals, and contribute to the mission of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Who is Eligible:
HOPP seeks high school students in the New York City Tri-State area who are intelligent, self-motivated, and passionate about science to join our 2014 Summer Student Program. We strongly encourage minority students from disadvantaged and underprivileged backgrounds to apply.
Additionally, students must meet the following criteria:
Completion of at least the ninth grade by June 2014
A genuine interest in science and laboratory research
A 3.0 grade point average in science subjects
Eight-week commitment to the program

If you still have any general questions about the HOPP Summer Student Program or about your application, you can contact us at

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Teatown Environmental Science Academy

July 7 – August 1, 2014
Monday- Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm
TESA is a fee-based program limited to 12 students who will be accepted
on a competitive basis. Scholarship support is available.
Pricing: Teatown Members $1,800, Non-Members: $2,000

Completed applications due by May 2, 2014. 

Application & Instructions

Scholarship Application Instructions

Instructions for References

The mission of the Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) is to provide high school students with meaningful hands-on experience with the theories, tools and techniques scientists use to study today’s pressing conservation issues. 

The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) is an intensive and challenging field-based environmental science program for high school students. TESA provides invaluable experience for students interested in the environment by exposing them to the techniques and technology that scientists use to study today's pressing conservation issues.
The educational curriculum of TESA focuses on blurring the distinction between research and teaching by providing students the opportunity to conduct independent work through laboratory exercises and course projects. Individualized attention from leading scientists further student development by fostering critical thinking and problem solving. Students in this program receive the knowledge and experience necessary to lead their peers as they develop into the next generation of environmental scientists. In this course students will:
Learn how to identify habitats and assess biodiversity
Conduct watershed assessments and water quality testing
Study plant and wildflife populations
Each student will also conduct an independent research project and present their findings at a class symposium that will be open to family and friends. Students will be challenged to explore their ideas and ask questions. Additionally, this program will serve as a jumping off point for the development of the independent research projects many of these students will be conducting during the school year, and will be invaluable to students who wish to pursue environmental sciences in their post-secondary education.


TESA is led by Dr. Michael Rubbo, Teatown's Director of Conservation Science. Dr. Rubbo has taught both college and high school students and regularly mentors high school independent science research.

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Sarah Lawrence College: Urban Ecology Course

Urban Ecology: Environmental Challenges and Solutions
July 7 – August 1
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
(once per week, class will be extended for conferencing)
3 credits
Tuition: $3,573
Open to rising high school seniors, qualified juniors, recent high school graduates, and current college students.
Surrounded by ecological and cultural diversity, the Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful and inspirational regions of our country. Residents have unparalleled opportunities to explore complex, delicate natural areas, to participate in work that will transform our future, and to tap into New York City’s population of 8 million consumers. Yet this confrontation of natural habitats with the urban jungle is at the heart of nearly all of our most pressing environmental issues, which threaten vital resources – food, water, shelter, and health. Nonetheless, it is from these urban/natural boundaries that the solutions will be derived. In this course, you will learn about the natural history of this influential region, environmental threats to its health and prosperity, and solutions to meet these challenges – including the emerging fields of environmental justice, habitat restoration, urban gardening, and green stormwater management.
This course will meet at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak at the waterfront in downtown Yonkers, where at least a portion of each day will involve outside fieldwork. The class also includes a trip to New York City to see firsthand how some of these solutions can contribute to maintaining a sustainable, vibrant city.
For more information about the Center for the Urban River at Beczak visit

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Manhattan College School of Engineering Summer Institute

July 21 - July 25, 2014 9am-3pm

Each summer, Manhattan College hosts an Engineering Summer Institute for high school students. This is a four-day intensive and hands-on program that will enable students to explore various aspects of engineering including: renewable energy, computer-aided design, robotics, aeronautical engineering, and design competition.
To attend, students must be recommended by their guidance counselor or a faculty member and submit an application. There is a $20 application and a $50 participation fee associated with this program.  Lunch and all necessary materials will be provided.
The Engineering Summer Institute takes place on the campus of Manhattan College School of Engineering (Corlear Avenue and W. 240th Street, Riverdale, NY).

For additional information regarding the program contact the Mechanical Engineering department at 718-862-7145.

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U Penn Summer Academy in Applied Science & Technology
The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for a selective group of highly motivated and talented high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework.
The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies.
2014 Program Dates: July 6 - 26
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