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Welcome to the 2017-18 Scientist-in-Residence program!

The Scientist-in-Residence Program is an exciting initiative that matches scientists and STEM professionals with elementary, middle, or high school teacher and their respective classrooms to conduct authentic science investigation. This program is co-sponsored by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).

Program Features

The Scientist-in-Residence program matches a scientist or STEM professional with a teacher and his/her class(es) for the 2017-2018 school year. Scientists-in-Residence and teachers will collaborate to scope out and lead a long-term science investigation with a class to prepare students to engage in their own independent scientific research and build the capacity of the teacher and school to support long-term science investigations in the future. 


Program Goals 

  • Expansion of STEM professionals’/graduate students’ pedagogical skills and exposure to urban K-12 STEM teaching as a potential career. 
  • Increased STEM instructional capacity through long-term science investigation projects and science research programs at selected DOE elementary, middle, and high schools.
  • Student exposure to authentic, hands-on science, STEM professionals and STEM career pathways.
  • Expansion of participating teachers’ pedagogical practices, instructional leadership/mentoring skills and increased engagement among collaborating teachers.


Program Structure

Scientists-in-Residence will be paired with collaborating teachers according to area of expertise and geographic proximity and will spend an average two (2) hours per week at their partner school site. Scientists-in-Residence and the participating teachers will mutually decide on how these hours are allotted over the month. Scientists and teachers will also have the option to use technology to do a limited number of their sessions virtually. Participating teachers and scientists will attend four (4) Scientist-in-Residence convenings to share project activities, successes and challenges with their Scientist-in-Residence and teacher colleagues from other Scientist-in-Residence schools. Teams will receive funding for project materials and supplies, and each scientist will receive a $500.00 stipend upon successful completion of the program. Participating teachers and scientists will collaborate regularly with DOE and NYAS staff to create successful partnerships and projects. 

This program is targeted toward demographically higher-need elementary, middle and high schools. Scientists will be selected to participate based on the quality of their responses to application questions and ability to travel to a partner school. Applicants must submit a Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from their PI or supervisor stating that he/she is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation and that he/she supports the applicant’s participation in the Scientist-in-Residence program from October 2017 through May of 2018.






Monday, October 23, 2017


Meet and Greet

Saturday, November 4, 2017


Planning Day

Between Monday, 11/6 and Friday, 11/30 n/a Peer Review of Project Plan and Materials List 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Mid-Point Convening

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


End-of-Program Celebration


Scientist-in-Residence Application Process:

Applications for teachers and scientists are CLOSED for the 2017-18 school year. Check back next summer for information about applying for the 2018-19 school year program!

If you have questions about the Scientist-in-Residence Program, email

Flyer for Teacher Outreach

Flyer for Scientist Outreach