This summer season faculty program pays NYC college students to study STEM

This summer season faculty program pays NYC college students to study STEM


Rising senior Nana Ama Gyamfi-Kordie began her freshman 12 months of highschool throughout a worldwide pandemic and is now beginning her faculty utility course of within the shadow of the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s rulings towards affirmative motion and pupil debt reduction.

For her and plenty of different New York Metropolis teenagers, the trail to varsity feels bleak.  However at the very least one native college is broadening its entry by reaching out early — to tenth and eleventh graders — and exhibiting how vital it’s to supply college students with additional educational and monetary help even earlier than faculty.

Gyamfi-Kordie is amongst 65 highschool college students taking part in a summer season program run by the Middle for Ok-12 STEM Schooling at New York College’s Tandon College of Engineering. Referred to as ARISE (which stands for Utilized Analysis Improvements in Science and Engineering), this system guarantees college students a leg up, with hands-on coaching, mentoring, and expertise — all without spending a dime, making it extra accessible for college students throughout the 5 boroughs. Whereas different applications supply attainable scholarships as soon as accepted, the ARISE program makes it clear {that a} full scholarship and stipend will probably be provided with their acceptance.

This system lasts seven weeks and is designed to extend entry to high-quality STEM studying experiences for all college students, no matter want. It’s certainly one of three free highschool summer season applications at NYU Tandon’s Middle for Ok-12 STEM Schooling, which has an emphasis on working with teenagers from teams underrepresented in STEM fields corresponding to college students of coloration, ladies, and people from low-income backgrounds. Of the three free applications, ARISE is the one one which additionally presents a stipend to college students.

This system requires a college-type utility and a number of interview rounds. The 6% of scholars who make the minimize go on to conduct college-level analysis, apply expository writing, be taught scientific strategies, and are partnered with a Tandon pupil starting from undergraduates to postdocs. 

“I had by no means met any person else who wished to be a biomedical engineer earlier than this program,”  Gyamfi-Kordie stated with an enormous smile. 

A primary-generation American whose household is from Ghana, she stated her older sister is the rationale she discovered about ARISE. 

“My sister is the primary individual to go to varsity in my household,” stated Gyamfi-Kordie, who attends Democracy Prep Constitution Excessive College. “She’s been by means of the system, and she or he’s educating me learn how to undergo the system, too.”

In 2022, her sister insisted she apply for Code Subsequent, a free Google laptop science training program for Black, Latino, and Indigenous highschool college students.

Code Subsequent pairs college students with a Google mentor all through their highschool years. Gyamfi-Kordie’s Google Code Subsequent mentor informed her about NYU’s Ok-12 STEM applications. 


Aysha Naveed, an NYU rising sophomore in engineering and ARISE alumnus, presents recommendation to incoming ARISE college students.

Courtesy of Michael Duong / ARISE

Warren Axelman, a rising senior at Essex Avenue Academy in Manhattan, stated that due to the pandemic, he didn’t take a math class throughout his freshman 12 months. The ARISE program helps college students like him fill educational gaps.

“In the end, it put me behind academically. My college doesn’t supply physics, and we don’t have APs both. I wished to come back to ARISE so I may have the alternatives I haven’t had at my highschool,” Axelman stated. 

Sandra Labriel, a pupil from Queens attending Manhattan’s Skilled Performing Arts Excessive College, stated, “due to COVID-19, my college’s lecturers don’t really feel as sturdy as they was so I’ve been doing the Faculty Now programs provided by means of my highschool.”

Faculty Now, is a partnership between NYC public colleges and CUNY wherein 17 campuses supply college-level programs to all college students on the 35 companion public excessive colleges. 

Final 12 months, she took two college-level lessons, including six hours to her full-time college schedule. For her closing ARISE mission, she is specializing in oncology analysis, in remembrance of her grandmother.

Summer time program presents scholarships and stipends

The largest one-year drop in faculty enrollment charges in over 30 years was recorded between 2019 and 2020, because of the pandemic. Whereas there was a small uptick in 2022, lawmakers and economists throughout the nation are nonetheless very involved. Incentives or encouragement provided to college students may make or break their curiosity in making use of for school.

That’s why incentives provided by the ARISE program corresponding to free MetroCards, a $750 stipend, and entry to the low cost eating halls are crucial. The college intends these perks to allow college students from low-income backgrounds to have the identical entry to STEM training as their wealthier New York friends. 

Accessing the eating corridor makes a giant distinction for Labriel as a result of the meals is as tasty as the handfuls of close by eating places, however half the value, she stated. 

“The disparity was so big once I was in highschool. When it got here to STEM applications, there was NYU’s full scholarship program which additionally provided a stipend or different applications that value $4,500 for only one week,” stated Aysha Naveed, an NYU undergraduate in engineering and ARISE alumnus who returned to show this summer season. 

“Not solely would I not ask my dad and mom for that form of cash, however I didn’t need to ask them. It was an excessive amount of.”

Naveed, the youngest of 5 kids, discovered about NYU’s summer season STEM program from her older sister. She believes that taking part in this system enabled her to get a full experience to NYU,  giving her a university expertise with out debt, household separation, or pressure on her emotional well-being.

Being near her household was simply as vital as with the ability to afford faculty. Whereas she additionally acquired a full-ride supply to Smith Faculty, she feared the potential exclusion and emotional misery attending a predominantly white establishment may deliver. 

So she elected to remain within the metropolis as a substitute. Her ARISE mentor continued providing steering by means of her remaining years of highschool. Finally, the mentor helped her decide her civil engineering main with a focus in environmental engineering and a minor in social public coverage as a full-ride scholar. 


Naveed smiles whereas sharing tales of her older sister’s assist throughout her faculty utility course of.

Courtesy of Michael Duong / ARISE

Program appears for college students with a ardour for science

Throughout their closing week in the summertime program, ARISE college students current their initiatives in a colloquium of their friends whereas their academics and mentors grade them. Program Director Ben Esner stated lots of the college students’ initiatives are thought of college-level initiatives. 

“I name it the virtuous cycle. Highschool college students are benefiting, the school are benefiting from this system, the Ph.D. college students are benefiting,” stated Luann Williams-Moore, this system’s assistant director.  

“This system contributes to NYU’s educational enterprise,” Esner stated.

Whereas the 2024 dates aren’t out but, Wiliams-Moore stated functions launch Thanksgiving week, and shut on March 4.

Good grades don’t assure acceptance into this system, Esner and Williams-Moore stated. They’re in search of well-rounded college students who’ve demonstrated an curiosity in science however haven’t had the entire entry to place that keenness into apply. 

“We’ve had college students inform us they didn’t notice how a lot they struggled with writing till they acquired right here,” stated Williams-Moore. “That’s the form of pupil we need to help, the kind which may not be nice at writing but it surely’s clear they love science.”

Eliana Perozo is a reporting intern at Chalkbeat New York. You’ll be able to attain her at


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