Summer STEM FAQ

Who can apply to Summer STEM?
Any student that is a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Is there an in person option for Summer STEM?
Summer STEM 2021 is online.  Some classes will have optional in person activities for students living in the New York City Area (conditions permitting, TBA).  Several class will include outdoor research as part of the class learning and final project (Design and Drawing for Engineering, Project Gateway, Water Quality Research and Engineering).

How do I apply?
To apply, students need to complete the application, submit a high school transcript, and complete two short essays.

Can I apply for both sessions?
Yes, you indicate your class choice for one or both sessions on the application form. 

Do I need a recommendation letter?
Recommendation letters are optional for Summer STEM 2021.  You can submit one recommendation letter.  If you have a class grade that impacted your GPA or a gap in your high school transcript, we suggest requesting a letter from someone at your school that can address this issue.

When are applications due?
The Summer STEM 2021 application is due April 4, 2021.

How can I apply for financial aid?
Complete the financial aid form in the application. For 2021, 60 or more full and partial scholarships will be awarded. Preference is given to students from New York City Public Schools.

When will I be notified if I am accepted to Summer STEM?
Students will be notified on April 16, 2021 by 5 pm.

When do I have to decide if I will attend Summer STEM?
Students must respond and pay the $500 deposit by April 30, 2021 by 5 pm.  The deposit is non-refundable. 

What happens if I do not accept my class assignment before the deadline? 
If students do not respond and pay their deposit by April 30, 2021, their spot will be given to a student on the waitlist.

When are the fees due for Summer STEM?
The deposit is due April 30, 2021.  The remaining fees are due May 14, 2021.

What if I want to change classes? 
We do not permit students to change classes after a student accepts a class assignment. Changing classes prior to accepting a class assignment depends on the availability. Due to the limited number of spots in each class, we do not expect to be able to reassign students to a different class.  

Can students that live outside New York City participate?
Students living anywhere in the United States or other countries can participate.

Important information for students living outside of the Eastern Time Zone: The classes will be live, synchronous workshops.  Classes will not be recorded. Student are expected to participate in both sessions during the times listed, which are Eastern Time.

Important information for students living outside the U.S.A. and its territories: CU @ Home kits will not be provided to students living outside the United States; however, a material list will be provided so students can purchase the supplies.

Can I use my project for a science fair or other demonstration? 
Yes. Individual projects can be used for science fairs, demonstrations or competitions. To use your project, you will need to acknowledge the contributions of your instructor(s) as well as any classmates that assisted you on the project. You must inform your instructor or STEM Outreach staff of your intention to use your project for a competition.

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