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STEM Research Academy

The Baruch College Now STEM Research Academy is designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to build thier science knowledge and skills by engaging in ‘authentic inquiry’ activities. Utilizing a two-semester program model (spring and summer) 25 students will be selected based on English & Math Regents, GPA, writing sample, and transcript review. 

Selected students will be enrolled in the spring Introduction to Research class to strengthen basic skills such as formulating researchable questions, designing testable experiments, performing literature searches and reading scientific literature. The goal of the spring course is to introduce students to the expectations of working in a research lab environment. 

Upon successful completion of the spring course, students interested in conducting research over the summer will be matched with CUNY research faculty and participate in a structured six-week program internship.

Primary Program Requirements:

  • MUST be a NYC Public High School 11th grader
  • PSAT/ SAT Verbal (Min. 480)  OR  English Language Arts Regents (Min. 75)
  • Math Regents (Min. 80) AND Living Environment Regent (min. 75).
  • An overall 80+ average


While the STEM Research Academy is primarily designed for high school Juniors, 10th graders with the following grades will be considered:

  • An overall 80+ average
  • Overall 80+ English average, 80+ Math average AND 80+ Science average


Spring Semester - Introduction to Research Skills (Lecture): The STEM Research Academy sequence will begin with a 60-hour non-college credit science research course. This h course was designed to help students develop essential scientific literacy and numeracy skills. Note, students may request that thier respective high schools award them credit for the course. College Now will provide the high school with all necessary information (course syllabus, course grade, etc.).

    • DNA Detectives (Genetics/Biodiversity) - The objective of this section is to learn about the nature of DNA and genetic variation, deepen students’ appreciation of biodiversity by providing opportunities for the students to develop, and practice sterile lab techniques, good record keeping habits, and proper measurement skills.


Summer Experience – Advanced STEM Engagement (Experiential Learning): Conducting research through an internship experience may not be for all students. With that in mind we will allow students to choose, upon successful completion of the spring research skills course, to enroll in the research internship experience. Our three main objectives are to develop student understanding of the nature of science with an in-depth experience in one area of scientific research, work towards understanding the culture and interests of the science research laboratory, and enhance the literacy skills needed to excel in science. 

    • Students will participate in a six-week structured internship program with a CUNY Faculty member from July through mid-August. Students will be required to work in the lab 4 days a week (Monday through Thursday).
    • Students will present a capstone project highlighting what they have accomplished over the summer. The project is designed to help develop verbal presentation skills, reflective self-assessment skills, as well as completing small group work.                                                                
    • Students will also recieve a $750 stipend at the end of the summer.

Faculty Mentors:


Krista Dobi, PhD

Rebecca Spokony, PhD

Sarah Bengston, PhD

Pablo Peixoto, PhD

Environmental Science

Chester Zarnoch, PhD

Stephen Gosnel, PhD


Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Soohyun (Ashley) Lee, PhD Candidate

Joshua Nagel, PhD Candidate


The College Now STEM Research Academy is funded by the Pinkerton and Booth Ferris Foundations and is a member of the Science Reserach & Mentoring Program Consortium.