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Recruiting for Diversity Middle & High School Diversity STEM Pathways

Middle & High School Diversity STEM Pathways

NYU Grossman School of Medicine identifies and recruits diverse middle school and high school students who may be interested in pursuing medicine, the biomedical sciences, and licensed health professions. Our recruitment program addresses a lack of opportunities and access to resources that disproportionately affect students according to their race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.

Science and Technology Entry Program

The Science and Technology Entry Program seeks to cultivate diversity in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) by increasing the numbers of racially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students seeking to apply to college and medical school. This is made possible by the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) grant from the New York State Education Department’s Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success.


The program provides students from 7th through 12th grade with enrichment classes, financial aid workshops, health professions training, social justice education, trips to local academic or cultural institutions, and mentorship. Activities take place during the New York City academic school year and in a six-week program during the summer. Currently, STEP is operating in a virtual capacity, with the aim of moving to a hybrid environment by the summer.

During the summer session, rising 12th-grade scholars engage in the Senior Summer Technology and Research Training (SSTART) Program, an interdisciplinary STEM curriculum focused on research on social science, health sciences, or technology advocacy projects. SSTART scholars attend college and career development workshops, visit local colleges and universities, and become familiar with educational opportunity programs in New York State.

During the fall, 12th-grade scholars attend college workshops and receive college-readiness mentoring from medical students at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Each scholar is paired with a medical student or an MD/PhD student mentor, who helps with filling out college applications, writing personal statements and résumés, completing financial aid documents, and applying for scholarships. Our 7th- through 11th-grade students may choose to attend either SHSAT, PSAT, or SAT test prep courses, or attend academic workshops and learn directly from medical providers and researchers.

During the spring, all scholars attend academic workshops that include our Future Residents in Training (FRiT) Program; have meaningful interactions with STEM professionals, medical providers, and researchers; and participate in our weekly Speaker Series Program.

STEP Schedule

STEP follows a hybrid model, with classes meeting virtually and labs meeting on campus. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, STEP is currently operating remotely. The program takes place after school in the fall and spring during the academic school year. During the summer, STEP runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for six weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for STEP should have an expressed interest in future study in STEM or the licensed health professions and be ready to engage in interdisciplinary learning and holistic personal development.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in 7th through 12th grade
  • are economically disadvantaged
  • identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian as follows:
    • Black or African American: a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa
    • American Indian and Alaska Native: a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment
    • Hispanics or Latinos: a person having origins from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, or the Dominican Republic. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.

While STEP exists to address racial inequities, it also confronts economic inequities that prevent educational access. Therefore, you may also qualify by income, according to the New York State Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Guidelines for Academic Year 2022–23. (see “HEOP Eligibility Criteria” for student eligibility).

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit items that include an online application and economic documentation if you are applying for economic disadvantage eligibility. All materials are submitted online via the application. Incomplete applications are not considered. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Following acceptance into the program, scholars are automatically enrolled into future semesters, up until they graduate from high school. If a scholar chooses to leave the program, there will be a separate re-application process if they choose to return.

Get Involved with Us

We offer various opportunities for STEM professionals, as well as medical providers and trainees, to partner with us. For more information, please complete our volunteer application.

Contact Us

For inquiries regarding our Science and Technology Entry Program, contact the STEP team at step@nyulangone.org.