About the Program
When you join GSTEM you are joining an amazing network of motivated students, including many young women in STEM – talented, smart, determined, outgoing, confident, and focused. And if you don’t think those words currently apply to you, we hope you’ll feel differently once you’ve spent your summer with us. GSTEM’s mission was founded on two concerns that women in STEM have brought up time and again – the lack of mentors and the lack of a peer network. Without these means of support, girls and young women in particular often drop STEM studies during college and/or do not pursue graduate degrees and STEM careers. GSTEM strives to fix this as we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue the sciences in a supportive network. Our model tackles each of these concerns head on. With our unique mentoring program, students are paired with a professor or scientist to work on a STEM research project throughout the summer. And through field trips, small group tutoring sessions, and other fun activities our students meet a large network of like-minded and talented individuals. Every summer we see relationships forged that last well beyond the program.
The program is writing-intensive, and students receive formal training on the scientific method and writing process. We also help students with their communication and presentation skills. Tutors are available for support of any kind and are required to check in with each of their core group members during the week.
Student grades are determined by their final research paper and presentation, attendance, and overall enthusiasm during the program. Upon completion, students receive an NYU transcript with their letter grade for the course.
During our Friday field trips students visit various STEM organizations throughout the city and also hear from panels of women scientists. Our students have always enjoyed the opportunity to listen to a personal journey from each woman as well as the opportunity for an intimate Q&A.
Our FAQs answer many detailed questions about the program. Our How to Apply page addresses application and deadlines questions. In addition, here is a snapshot of the summer:
Students will spend their first week together attending lectures, workshops, and social activities to help prepare for the program. All of the first week’s activities will take place at NYU’s Courant Institute located at 251 Mercer Street.
Students will work with their mentors full-time Mondays through Thursdays and report to NYU on Fridays for field trips and workshops. We are lucky to have mentors that span across many STEM fields. Our mentors also span across NYC in different colleges and universities outside of NYU.
Students report to NYU for feedback on their research papers and oral presentations. The celebratory ending of the program is the Friday Symposium where students present their research to family, friends, their fellow students, and the NYU community.