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Young Membership

A Special Opportunity for Students Ages 13-17

Each year, The New York Academy of Sciences welcomes hundreds of high school students ages 13-17 from around the world to join our High School Research Programs, including the Junior Academy. Participants in these programs become Young Members, entitling them to a number of benefits including a digital badge and exclusive access to Academy content. When they turn 18, Young members are automatically transitioned to one free year of Student/Postdoc membership.

Young membership is only available to high school students in qualifying Academy programs. This option is not available for purchase.

Learn More

To learn more about our High School Research programs, which qualify students ages 13-17 for Young membership, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a Young member?

Students ages 13-17 who are accepted to qualifying High School Research Programs receive a Young Memberships to The New York Academy of Sciences.

Additionally, organizations that partner with the Academy may offer Young membership to students participating in their own educational programming.

How will I know when my Young membership has begun?

After the New York Academy of Sciences creates a Young Membership for you, you will receive a welcome email from the Academy containing information about and benefits of your Young Membership.

What are the benefits of Young membership?
  • Digital subscriptions to Academy eNews, STEM Education Updates and Career Builder newsletters.
  • Unlimited digital access to multimedia reports on research presented at the Academy.
  • Discounted or free access to virtual Academy events, covering cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary topics in STEM.
  • An invitation to attend the Virtual Student Symposium.
  • A digital Young member badge that you can share on social media or embed on your personal website.
  • One free year of Student/Postdoc membership, to begin when you turn 18.
How do I log into my Academy account?

To log into your account, you will need to enter your unique username and password. Your username can be found in your Young member welcome email. Once you’ve logged in, you can view and edit your account details.

How do I change my digital subscriptions to Academy newsletters?

From your dashboard, click Edit Email Preferences and make changes accordingly. Our eNews is a monthly email newsletter highlighting our latest events, publications and opportunities. In the STEM Education Updates newsletter, you’ll receive special announcements from our Education team. Our Career Builder newsletter includes information on resources and opportunities for developing a career in STEM.

How do I register for an Academy event?

From the event page, click the “Register” button and you’ll be taken to a page where you can register for the event.

What if I want to register for an event online and I am told I cannot?

There are some Academy events that Young members may not register for online. If you attempt to register for one of these events, you will see a notification indicating that you may not register online for this type of event until your Student membership term begins. If you have questions about registering for an event that does not allow online Young member registration, please email

How do I claim my digital Young membership badge?

Shortly after your Young membership is created, you will receive an email from notifying you that you have earned a digital badge from The New York Academy of Sciences. To claim this badge, click the link in the email to create an account on the Credly digital badge platform and accept your badge. This digital badge can be shared on social media, embedded on a personal website or downloaded as a PDF certificate.

When does my Young membership end?

Your Young membership will end on the last day of the month before your turn 18 years old. For example, if you turn 18 on May 14, 2024, then your Young membership will end on April 30, 2024. Your one-year of complimentary Student membership will begin on May 1, 2024.

When does my free year of Student membership begin?

Your complimentary year of Student membership will automatically begin on the first of the month in which you turn 18 years old. For example, if you turn 18 on May 14, 2024, your complimentary year of Student membership will begin on May 1, 2024. You will receive an email from the Academy notifying you when your complimentary year of Student membership begins.

When does my free year of Student membership expire?

Your complimentary year of Student membership will expire 12 months after it begins. You can find your membership expiration date in your dashboard under “Current Membership Term”

What are the benefits of Student membership?
  • Discounted or free access to all scientific symposia, webinars and conferences.
  • Access to career readiness and training opportunities, through webinars, workshops and online courses designed to help plan a successful career in STEM.
  • Unlimited digital access to Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, which is among the world’s most cited interdisciplinary scientific publications.
  • The ability to connect with other members through our global Member Directory.
  • In addition, you are entitled to all additional Student/Postdoc member benefits.
What will happen at the end of my free Student Membership year?

About 90 days before the end of your membership term, you will begin to receive a series of emails notifying you that your Student membership will soon expire. The emails will provide instructions and information about how to renew your Student Membership on a self-paid basis. Check whether your university sponsors students for Academy membership.

Will I receive additional years of Young membership if I participate in more than one program year?

No, you will not receive additional Young membership benefits if you participate in multiple program years. Once your Young Membership is created, it will remain active until you turn 18 years old, at which point your one complimentary year of Student membership will begin.

Why can’t I change my Member Directory preferences when I edit my dashboard profile or search for myself in the Academy Member Directory?

To protect the privacy of Young members, your personal information is automatically hidden from the online Member Directory. You may opt to change your directory preferences when you turn 18 years old.

What if I have additional questions about Academy membership?

For all other questions related to Academy membership, please e-mail