Summer STEM FAQ

What Health and Safety precautions exist? Updated 6/14/22
Summer STEM students attending in person classes at Cooper Union must provide proof of at vaccination against COVID-19. Boosters shots are preferred but not currently required. 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.

All students, staff, and guests are required to wear a CDC approved mask while on campus. Cloth masks are not permitted.  

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 2022?
Six week classes will run July 11 through August 18, 2022.  There will be two sessions for the three week classes: session 1 starts July 11, 2022  and session 2 starts August 1, 2022.  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.   Virtual classes meet 1 to 4 pm EST with additional small group meetings and office hours to be schedule with Summer STEM staff.

Where is Summer STEM 2022?
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. Virtual classes will meet via zoom.

Who can apply to Summer STEM 2022?
Any student that is a currently a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader during the 2021-2022 school year can apply.  Students choose classes based on the grade they are when they complete the application.

How much does it cost?
Three and Four Week Programs cost $1850.  Six Week Programs cost $3850.  Once admitted to a program, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is due April 29, 2022.  The remaining balance is due by May 27, 2022.  Students that withdraw by June 10, 2022 receive a full refund minus the deposit. 

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.

Is there an in person option for Summer STEM 2022?
Summer STEM 2022 will have in person and virtual classes.

How do I apply?
To apply, students need to complete the Summer STEM application, submit a high school transcript, complete two short essays, and a letter of recommendation. The application will be available in January 2022. Applications are closed for Summer STEM 2022.

Can I apply for both session 1 and session 2 of the three week classes?
Yes, you 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 2022.  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?
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 2021 New York Area Median Income or less can qualify for a partial fee waiver. Preference is given to students from New York City Public Schools.

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.  

What is a CU@Home Kit? 
These are supplies for students taking an online class. CU@Home Kits were launched in summer 2020 and are used by STEM Outreach and Cooper Union students for learning engineering.  Read more about CU@Home Kits.

Can students that live outside New York City participate?
Students living anywhere in the United States or other countries can participate in virtual classes. For in person classes, students are expected to be on campus at 41 Cooper Square from 9 am to 3 pm every day.

Important information for students living outside of the Eastern Time Zone: The virtual class will be live, synchronous workshops.  Classes will not be recorded. Student are expected to participate 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.

How many students per class? How many are admitted?
A Summer STEM class will have 20-24 students. Altogether, Summer STEM 2022 will host 264 students.  

Is there a final presentation? Are families invited?
Yes!  Each session had a showcase and 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 the first week of the program.

Is there a lunch break?
Yes, students can bring lunch to eat on campus in the lunch room or go off campus to purchase lunch.  The on campus cafe will be selling sandwiches and snacks.  Students can go off campus to purchase lunch. We will provide a room for students to eat lunch.

Can I use my project for a science fair or other demonstration? Updated 3/1/21
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 SummerSTEM@cooper.edu for instructions and support. Individual projects can be used for science fairs, demonstrations or competitions.

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?
We are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.  The best way to reach us is by emailing summerstem@cooper.edu.  You can also leave messages at 212-353-4307.  

 

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.