Ready, Set, Summer: For NYC High Schoolers, ARISE Offers Hands-On STEM Experience

This free program for motivated high school students gives you college-level research and lab experience

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Want to spend this summer learning, creating, and innovating? At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, research is a way of life, as students and faculty strive to solve our most pressing real-world problems. Now, Tandon is seeking applicants for the Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program this summer. ARISE provides an exciting opportunity for New York City-based high schoolers to participate in college-level scientific research. What’s more, it’s completely free.

If you’re highly motivated and passionate about STEM, we want to get to know you! We believe cultivating a more diverse talent pool in STEM benefits society and science, so we’re focused on increasing representation and building an inclusive research environment. Plus, all ARISE participants get to attend workshops and other activities to prepare for college and beyond.

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Research Areas

If you’re accepted to ARISE, you’ll spend your days conducting research in NYU faculty labs and receiving mentorship from NYU researchers. “Here, you get to learning something new,” affirms Ben Esner, Director for the NYU Center for K12 STEM Education. The Center runs ARISE in partnership with the New York City Science Research Mentoring Consortium (SMRP). “Research is about discovery and knowledge, successes and failures, and ARISE is about giving students that authentic research experience. You’re in an externally funded lab that is dedicated to discovering things that people don’t already know.”

ARISE applicants have the opportunity to contribute to applied research at 32 different NYU labs. Subject areas include anthropology, biology, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and aerospace engineering. This year, research projects include the ethical use of artificial intelligence, ways to maximize solar cell efficiency, and building robotic arms to help archaeologists.

“The ARISE program was an amazing experience. I learned so many relevant, important things—how to conduct research, work in a lab, read and write scientific papers, present my research, and more. It solidified my desire to become a scientist and prepared me for a future in the field. I can honestly say that these past two months have changed me as a scientist and a person.” – 2020 ARISE Student
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Beyond the Lab

In addition to five weeks of hands-on research experience, ARISE offers a number of other benefits, including college advisement. For instance, all participants attend two weeks of workshops, including “Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry,” a unique seminar on scientific ethics. Moreover, all participants receive training in presenting and public speaking with the Irondale Ensemble Project. Throughout the summer, students build a community of like-minded peers as well as strong relationships with renowned academics in the field. Lastly, upon completion of the program, you’ll present your findings and receive a $500 stipend.

“This was the best summer ever. I had so much fun and learned so much. In addition to learning about college and my future, I found amazing friends and mentors. Overall, the ARISE experience couldn't have been better.”– 2020 ARISE Student

How to Apply (Hint: the Deadline is March 1)

ARISE 2021 is open to 10th and 11th grade New York City students. Accepted students need to be available for the full length of the program, which runs from June 28 to August 13, plus an orientation on June 25th.

To apply, you’ll need to go through a multi-step process. First, you’ll fill out an online application that includes information about you, your academic record, and your preferred area(s) of research. Next, the application requires a Support Letter. This should come from an adult who can speak to your academic strengths and interest in STEM. Finally, you’ll need to write a short essay addressing the questions listed here.

The student application deadline is March 1, 2021. Soon after, we will invite selected applicants to attend lab tours and group interviews during the week of March 31st.

Interested in exploring more summer programs for high school students at NYU? Visit www.nyu.edu/highschool.

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