The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded funding for the NYU Courant Girls’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Summer Program (NYU GSTEM). With Matthew Leingang as Principal investigator, NYU GSTEM will recruit its first cohort to attend the six week Summer 2013 program, which will provide high school girls who have high aptitude in STEM subjects the opportunity to receive mentoring from STEM professionals, as well as participate in activities such as classes, lectures, and field trips.
Briefly, NYU GSTEM is a six-week summer program patterned after the world-famous Research Science Institute at MIT. Girls will live at home and commute to internship sites for 4.5 weeks. They will work on a small project alongside researchers in the mathematical and physical (but not life) sciences, produce a brief paper about their work, and deliver a short oral presentation to their peers. A week of preparatory lectures and workshops will precede the internship. One day in each of the other weeks will be a ‘campus day’, when the girls will be brought together for lectures, workshops, and field trips. Tutors will support participants. They will help them adjust to laboratory work, prepare their final talk and paper, and provide other intellectual and emotional supports.
A short calendar of events:
July 8 -12: Preparatory lectures and workshops
July 15 – August 13: Internships and campus days (Wednesdays)
August 14-16: Final convocation and conclusion of program