Global STEM Alliance Summit 2018
July 25th to July 27th, 2018
The New York Academy of Sciences’ Annual Global STEM Alliance (GSA) Summit, is a two-day event dedicated to building a global community of science and technology leaders. The event brings together GSA program participants from around the world, including many exceptional students who will have the opportunity to meet their STEM mentors face-to-face for the first time.
The students and mentors will be joined by representatives from some of the world’s leading science and technology institutions, as they participate in engaging workshops and panel discussions on the future of STEM innovation. All of the activity takes place at the Academy’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan, with stunning views of the New York City skyline as a backdrop.
During the Summit participants will have the opportunity to:
- Network amongst peers, mentors, and professionals
- Develop cross-cultural communication skills
- Interact with STEM professionals from leading companies and universities, and learn about their career paths
- Work collaboratively to promote team building
- Showcase their progress and accomplishments in their respective programs.
Financing your Travel to the GSA Summit
Congratulations on your involvement in the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences; we are thrilled you are considering joining us at the annual GSA Summit!
You should be proud that your hard work, persistence, and devotion have earned you this recognition.
For many of you, fundraising will be an important part of your journey to the GSA Summit – not only because it can help you pay for the trip, but also because it facilitates development of a wide array of life skills, such as leadership, goal setting, planning, follow-through, and communication.
Although fundraising may seem daunting, it can be fun and rewarding. You CAN do this!
Two Ways to Help Pay for Your Travel
The Academy will award a limited number of travel scholarships, as follows:
Junior Academy: travel and hotel accommodations will be provided for Challenge Winners only.
1000 Girls, 1000 Futures: travel and hotel accommodations will be provided for Mentee of the Month winners.
You can also raise money in your community. This is a wonderful way to pay for your trip that has been successfully used by other GSA Summit participants.
Fundraising Tips and Ideas
The paragraphs below contain a few pointers, and some detailed ideas, to assist you on your fundraising journey:
Start with Planning
The first step on the journey is to figure out your financial situation. Ask yourself these questions:
- How much money will I need? (Consider the cost of transportation, accommodation, food, and personal spending).
- How much money do I have?
- How much money is my family willing to contribute?
- How much money will I need to raise?
- How much time do I have to raise the money I need?
One you’ve got a clear picture of your budgetary needs and timing, you can begin brainstorming ideas for fundraising. Remember, people like to help other people, and you are inviting them to be a part of something big!
Possible Fundraising Ideas
Here are a few potential fundraising sources you may wish to investigate:
- Setup an online fundraising site. GoFundMe.com is an easy and convenient way to raise money for your tuition and trip.
- Spread the word through social media: Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, or even create a website of your own.
- Make a flyer, brochure, or bookmark to give to family, friends, and other possible contributors. Include your picture, why you want to attend the GSA Summit, and how much money you need to raise. You can also suggest incremental donation amounts, such as $20, $50, or $100, because people often would rather choose from a list of options.
- Connect with your teachers and school administrators, they may be able to help you.
- Think about the people you and your family have connections to at local businesses, community organizations, or religious establishments. Go see them in person and ask them to contribute.
- Have a bake sale after school or during a school event such as an athletic event sports game.
- Consider having a car wash if you can get family and/or friends to help you.
- Think about the skills you have and how they can help others
- handy work - cutting grass, raking leaves, painting, fix things
- teaching sports
- magic tricks
- creating websites for local businesses
- setting up social media accounts
- Ask family, friends, and neighbors to donate items they no longer use, and hold a yard sale
When You Start Raising Money
Once you begin collecting money, it is critical to keep accurate and complete records of your fundraising actities:
- Remember to keep originals of any fundraising materials you create and distribute.
- Keep a record of the names, addresses, and donation amounts for everyone who supports you. Consider creating a Word or Excel file to help keep you organized.
- Consider asking your parents to help you open a bank account designated specifically for saving raised funds.
At the End of Your Journey
Be sure to write thank-you notes to all your donors – whether family, friends, neighbors, or strangers. A simple, handwritten note has greater impact than you would expect. It symbolizes your appreciation of each individual who took the time to listen to you and help you achieve your goal. Showing gratitude is an essential part of your fundraising process, and it is also important to practice in your everyday life.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the summit?
July 25th - 27th, 2018
Who can attend?
Participation in the summit is by invitation only. The list of invitees includes GSA Students, Mentors, and representatives from the leading science and technology organizations that sponsor GSA programs.
What kind of programming will be offered at the Summit?
Summit participants will participate in a series of engaging workshops, panel discussions, and other activities focused on STEM skills, career opportunities, and building a cross-cultural community of future STEM leaders. A detailed agenda is in the works, so keep your eye on this page…
What are the goals of the Summit?
The annual GSA Summit is designed to foster network creation and future collaboration by bringing mentees, mentors, and other GSA stakeholders together, and providing them with access to world class scientists and role models.
What will students get out of this event?
At the summit, students will:
- Develop skills related to cross-cultural communication;
- Network amongst peers, mentors, and professionals from leading STEM organizations;
- Gain exposure to career paths
- Work collaboratively to promote team building;
- Showcase their progress and accomplishments in their respective programs.
Will there be supervision?
New York Academy of Sciences’ staff will be present for the duration of the Summit and Summit-related field trips. Supervision will not be provided outside of Summit programming.
What is the dress code for this event?
The dress code for this event is business casual.
Do I have to pay to attend?
This is a free event. All attendees will be expected to cover the cost of their own travel and accommodations, with the exception of Junior Academy Challenge winners and 1000 Girls, 1000 futures Mentee of the Month winners. A guide to personal fundraising can be found under the Student Fundraising Tab.
When will the Junior Academy Challenge winners be announced?
Winners will be notified in early June 2018.
What if I am a Junior Academy Challenge finalist and I already purchased my travel?
Junior Academy challenge winners will be reimbursed for up to $2,000 USD for travel expenses incurred for the student and chaperone’s economy class flights. Junior Academy finalists will have their room and board paid for by the New York Academy of Sciences.
Should I travel with a parent/guardian?
Students staying in the hotel are required to have a chaperone with them.
Can my chaperone attend the Summit?
Chaperones will be invited to attend the Summit for certain events. More details will be provided as the agenda is finalized.
Will transportation be provided?
Transportation will be provided to Summit-related field trips, and all groups will depart together from the New York Academy Sciences headquarters. Students with alternative accommodations or traveling from home will be responsible for their own transportation to Academy headquarters.
How long should I expect to stay in New York City?
The Summit is a two-day event, and you will need to allow for travel time at the beginning and end of that period. A detailed agenda is in the works and will be posted shortly.
Who else will be at this event?
All high school-age students in the GSA programs (1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, The Junior Academy, Scientist in Residence, and Afterschool STEM Mentoring) are invited to this event. Mentors from all programs, as well as some GSA partners and funders will also be in attendance.
How much spending money will I need?
All activities and meals during Summit programming are included. Students should have spending money for any meals and activities they wish to partake in outside of the Academy, or after the end of summit programming.
For any questions not answered on this page, please contact your program manager.
Who can I contact for more information?
We are excited to announce the launch of our 3rd annual Global STEM Alliance Summit at the New York Academy of Sciences!
From July 25 to 27, 2018, over 200 of the most promising Young Members of the Academy—a cohort representing over 50 countries—will gather at the Academy’s headquarters in New York City. Participating students have all successfully completed a Global STEM Alliance mentoring program, and many of them will be meeting their mentors face-to-face for the first time at the Summit. Together the students and their mentors will exchange ideas, explore career options, connect cross-culturally, and discuss the future of innovation and STEM.
By sponsoring the GSA Summit, your organization can support the next generation of STEM innovators, and demonstrate its commitment to increasing the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline.
To learn more about how your organization can participate, please contact:
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Business Development
Senior Vice President, Global Business Development