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Scientists are matched with New York City public school teachers to conduct a year-long classrooom project that engages middle school students in authentic research.

Bring Research to Life in the Classroom!

Created in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education in 2012, the Scientist-in-Residence (SiR) program matches scientists with New York City public school teachers to bring scientific inquiry to life in the classroom. By combining content and pedagogical expertise, each scientist-teacher pair develops and implements a yearlong project that engages students in authentic research and sparks their interest in STEM learning. 

Since our launch, we have paired over 300 teachers and scientists, and inspired more than 17,000 students!   

Why Mentor?

By serving as a role model and an example of a real-world scientist, you can inspire curiosity about STEM topics, and positively influence the career aspirations of students from underserved communities. If you are a graduate student, postdoc or STEM professional and want to make a difference in the lives of students in the NYC area, then this program is for you. We’ll match you with a motivated STEM teacher and together you’ll create a hands-on, research-based project for your students to work on throughout the year. Through the program, you’ll receive training and hands-on experience in teaching methods and strategies and get the chance to develop your own mentorship skills. 

When Is the Next Opportunity for SiR?  

Recruitment for the 2024-25 school year begins in June 2024; accepted scientists will be notified in July and receive training in August.
Scientists-in-residence receive a $500 stipend at the completion of their service, and a complimentary yearlong Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. A travel reimbursement of up to $150 is available per semester.  


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