2023 Summer STEM FAQ

What Health and Safety precautions exist? Updated11/29/22
Summer STEM students attending in person classes at Cooper Union must provide proof of a vaccination against COVID-19. A booster shot will be needed for summer 2023. There are no exemptions for Pre-college program students. On the first day of class, students must show their proof of COVID vaccination and an ID card showing name and photo (school ID, government ID, passports accepted).

All staff, guests, and vendors are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

STEM Outreach strongly recommends an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination for all students attending classes at 41 Cooper Square.

All students agree to follow The Cooper Union Code of Conduct for precollege students. A copy is included in the application. Students agree to follow all STEM Outreach and university policies, rules for research laboratories. and work with the staff to create a safe, welcoming, and fun program for all. Additional information about health and safety measures will be sent to all accepted students and families.

When is Summer STEM 2023?
Six week classes will run July 10 through August 17, 2023. There will be two sessions for the three week classes: session 1 starts July 10, 2023 and session 2 starts July 31, 2023. All classes run Monday - Thursday. In person classes meet from 9 am to 3 pm.  In person students arrive between 8:30 and 9 am and leave campus between 3 and 3:30 pm.

Where is Summer STEM 2023?
In person classes will meet at 41 Cooper Square in the East Village of Manhattan. The closest subway stops are the 6 at Astor Place and the R/W at 8th St/NYU. 

Who can apply to Summer STEM 2023?
Any student that is right now a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader during the 2022-2023 school year can apply. Students choose classes based on the grade they are when they complete the application.

In person classes are open to students able to commute to The Cooper Union campus at 41 Cooper Square, NYC.  STEM Outreach does not sponsor visas for international students.

When do I find out if I am accepted to Summer STEM?
Students will be emailed their acceptance letters by Friday, April 21, 2023 at 5 pm.  This letter will include their class assignment, financial aid award, and Scholars information.  Students will need to complete their enrollment and pay the deposit (if required) by Monday, May 1, 2023 to save their spot in the class.

How much does it cost? 
Three-week classes cost $1950.  Six-week classes cost $3995.  Once admitted, a $750 non-refundable deposit is required. 

Do I get college credit for Summer STEM?
No, Summer STEM students do not matriculate at The Cooper Union.  No credit is awarded for participating in Summer STEM classes. Students do receive a certificate of completion from The Cooper Union. Financial aid is available.

How do I apply for a Summer STEM class?
To apply, students complete the Summer STEM Application, submit a high school transcript, write two short essays, and a letter of recommendation.  Go to https://connect.cooper.edu/apply/  to start an application.

How do I apply for Cooper Next or Service Scholars?
 Go to https://connect.cooper.edu/apply/ and start a Summer STEM application.  The Scholars application will be added to your Summer STEM application after you report your family income. 10th and 11th grade low and middle income students are invited to apply to a 6-week Summer STEM class AND the Scholars program at the same time.

Can I apply for both session 1 and session 2 of the three week classes?
Yes, 9th and 10 graders can indicate your class choice for one or both sessions on the application. 

Do I need to choose two classes?
Selecting a first and second choice class increases the likelihood that a student will be accepted into Summer STEM.

Do I need a recommendation letter?
Yes, recommendation letters will be needed for Summer STEM 2023.  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.

How can I apply for financial aid?
To apply, complete the financial aid form in the application. The financial aid form is submitted with the application and due on the same date. Preference is given to students from New York City Public Schools.

Who qualifies for financial aid?
Low and middle income families can apply for financial aid. Students whose family income is 100% of the New York Area Median Income or less can qualify for a full fee waiver.  Students whose family income is up to 120% of  the 2022 New York Area Median Income or less can qualify for a partial fee waiver. For example, a family of four with a household income of $133,000 is eligible for full financial, while a income of $160,000 is eligible for partial financial aid. Preference is given to students from New York City Public Schools.

Your or your parent's citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for a fee waiver.

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.  

Is there housing for Summer STEM?
No, Summer STEM does not provide housing.

How many students per class? 
A Summer STEM class will have 18-22 students. 

Is there a final presentation? Are families invited?
Yes!  Each session will have a final presentation on the last day of the program from 1 to 4 pm. Students can invite guests to attend. More details will be shared during the program.

Is there a lunch break?
Yes, students can bring lunch to eat on campus or go off campus to purchase lunch.  There are many indoor and outdoor spaces on campus for students to eat lunch.

Can I use my project for a science fair or other demonstration? 
An individual can not present or submit a team project to a fair or competition.  If a team wants to submit their project as a team, they should contact STEM@cooper.edu for instructions and support. 

Can I request a recommendation letter from my Summer STEM instructor?
Students can request letters by completing the STEM Recommendation Letter request form. The STEM Outreach director and the instructor collaborate on the recommendation letter.  

How do I contact the Summer STEM Office?
The best way to reach us is by emailing stem@cooper.edu. You can also leave messages at 212-353-4307.  

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