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Scientist-in-Residence

Scientist-in-Residence
Scientist-in-Residence

A Partnership Between Teachers and Scientists

Studies have continually shown that young people who are exposed to science through active, inquiry-based learning are more likely to pursue a STEM career. And one of the most effective ways to engage students in this type of learning is to give them the opportunity to conduct genuine scientific research with a real scientist!

Created in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education in 2012, the Scientist-in-Residence (SiR) program matches scientists with NYC public school teachers to bring scientific inquiry to life in the classroom. By combining their content and pedagogical expertise, each scientist-teacher pair will develop and implement a year-long project that prepares students to engage in authentic research and spark their interest in STEM learning.


Created in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education in 2012, the Scientist-in-Residence (SiR) program matches scientists with NYC public school teachers to bring scientific inquiry to life in the classroom. By combining their content and pedagogical expertise, each scientist-teacher pair will develop and implement a year-long project that prepares students to engage in authentic research and spark their interest in STEM learning.

Our Impact


Since our launch, we have paired almost 200 teachers and scientists, and impacted 11,000+ students! Check out the map below to see some of the schools where we’ve put a Scientist-in-Residence.

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Applications Closed

Check back in April or sign up for our newsletter to apply for the 2022-23 cohort.

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Scientist-in-Residence
Scientist-in-Residence

Why should you become a Scientist-in-Residence?

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.


By serving as a role model and an example of a real-world scientist, you can inspire curiosity and excitement about STEM topics, and positively influence the career aspirations of students from underserved communities. 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.


Need more incentive? Accepted scientists will also receive a stipend and a yearlong Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences!

Important Dates for 2021

  • July 9: Applications deadline (note: all applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone interview) 
  • July 20: Accepted applicants notified
  • August 6: Scientist orientation (virtual)
  • August 26-27: Two-day summer institute (all participants; virtual)

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Applications Closed

Check back in April or sign up for our newsletter to apply for the 2022-23 cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Will SiR be taking place in-person??

  • We are happy to announce that we will slowly begin transitioning to in-person events during the school 2021-22 year! All trainings and planning sessions scheduled between July - December will be offered virtually, and volunteers will have the option of meeting with classes in-person or via video call. Starting in January 2022, volunteers will begin meeting with classes on- site to more easily facilitate mentorship and the execution of projects.

+ How much time is involved?

  • The program year runs from approximately Sept - May, during which time each SiR team will schedule at least 10 sessions for the scientist to visit the classroom. 
  • Scientists and teachers will also meet outside of class time to develop their project and teaching as needed. 
  • Scientists will attend virtual training sessions in August (3 days total) as well as a planning session in October and January.
  • All participants should also plan on attending the End-of-Program Celebration in May.

+ What are my responsibilities as a Scientist-in-Residence?

  • Specific responsibilities will differ depending on the circumstances of each teacher and classroom. At a minimum, scientists will collaborate with the teachers to develop a research project, supervise experiments, and support classroom instruction on project design and implementation, and in creating a final presentation
  • Teams will be asked to submit regular progress reports and check in with the Program Manager as needed.

+ How much is the scientist stipend and will I be reimbursed for anything else?

  • Each SiR team will have a $300 budget for their project materials
  • Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a stipend of $500. Limited travel reimbursements are also available for scientists to support travel to schools.
  • All participants will also receive a complimentary Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences
Note: All participants will be required to complete necessary tax forms prior to the start of the program.

+ Who is eligible to apply?

Qualified Scientists are:
  • Graduate students, postdocs, or professionals from STEM disciplines who are interested in improving their pedagogical and communication skills and expanding their teaching experience
  • Located within commuting distance of New York City and/or willing to travel within the five boroughs
  • Available and committed to attend all trainings and meetings

+ What are the requirements to apply?

  • In addition to completing the online application, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of support from their PI or supervising scientist acknowledging the time commitment to this volunteer program.
  • Prior to participation, all applicants are subject to a background check, administered by the Department of Education and the Department of Health (at no cost to the scientist).

Scientist-in-Residence
Scientist-in-Residence

Why should you become a SiR Host Teacher?


By becoming a Scientist-in-Residence Host Teacher you’ll have the chance to bring a real Scientist into your classroom to help motivate and inspire your students. Together, you and your partner will develop an inquiry-based project that encourages students to think critically using the scientific method, while also expanding your repertoire of replicable STEM lesson plans. Host Teachers in past cohorts have reported higher engagement with their students and the added benefit of updating their curricula to incorporate current scientific topics and methodologies.


Need more incentive? Accepted teachers will also receive a stipend and a yearlong Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences!


Important Dates for 2021

  • July 9: Applications deadline (note: all applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified applicants will be contacted for a phone interview) 
  • July 20: Accepted applicants notified
  • August 6: Scientist orientation (virtual)
  • August 26-27: Two-day summer institute (all participants; virtual)

Contact

Adrienne Umali

Program Manager, Global STEM Alliance

Applications Closed

Check back in April or sign up for our newsletter to apply for the 2022-23 cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Will SIR be taking place in-person??

  • We are happy to announce that we will slowly begin transitioning to in-person events during the school 2021-22 year! All trainings and planning sessions scheduled between July - December will be offered virtually, and volunteer scientists will have the option of meeting with classes in-person or via video call. Starting in January 2022, scientists will begin meeting with classes on site to more easily facilitate mentorship and the execution of projects.

+ How much time is involved?

  • The program year runs from approximately Sept - May, during which time each SiR team will schedule at least 10 sessions for the scientist to visit the classroom.
  • Scientists and teachers will also meet outside of class time to develop their project and teaching as needed.
  • Teachers will attend virtual training sessions in August (2 days) as well as a planning session in October and January.
  • All participants should also plan on attending the End-of-Program Celebration in May.

+ What are my responsibilities as a SiR Host Teacher?

  • Prior to the scientist’s first visit, Host Teachers will prepare students and the school for the implementation of the Scientist-in-Residence program.
  • Teachers will collaborate with their partner scientist to ensure the project and related activities are aligned with STEM standards and provide support in classroom management and content delivery
  • Teachers will coordinate the attendance and participation of students in our End-of-Program showcase
  • Teams will also be asked to submit regular progress reports and check in with the Program Manager as needed.

+ How much is the teacher stipend and will I be reimbursed for anything else?

  • Each SiR team will have a $300 budget for their project materials and supplies
  • Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a stipend of $500.
  • All participants will also receive a complimentary membership to the New York Academy of Sciences
Note: Please check your eligibility to receive this stipend as all participants are required to complete necessary tax forms prior to the start of the program.

+ Who is eligible to apply?

Qualified Host Teachers are:
  • New York City public/charter school science teachers who are interested in implementing a year-long STEM project and welcoming a scientist into their classroom
  • Available and committed to attend all trainings and meetings
  • Dedicated teachers who are open to continuing the project or implementing it with different cohorts of students after the program

+ What are the requirements to apply?

  • In addition to completing the online application, teachers are encouraged to submit a letter of support from their school principal acknowledging the time commitment to this volunteer program.