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).

In Summer STEM 2022, we anticipate offering both in person and online classes.

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

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.

How can I apply for a scholarship?
To apply for a scholarship, complete the financial aid form in the application. The financial aid form is submitted with the application and due on the same date. For 2021, 60 or more full and partial scholarships will be awarded. Preference is given to students from New York City Public Schools.

Who qualifies for financial aid?
Students whose family income is 100% of the 2020 New York Area Median Income or less can qualify for a full tuition scholarship.  Students whose family income is up to 120% of  the 2020 New York Area Median Income or less can qualify for a half tuition scholarship.

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 that students will use for the 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.

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 a team project, the consent of all team mates as well as a plan to acknowledge the contributions each person is required. You must inform your instructor or STEM Outreach staff of your intention to use your project for a competition.

  • 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.