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 remotely.
During the summer sessions, scholars engage in interdisciplinary STEM coursework; attend college and career development workshops; attend speaker series, clinical training, and community health projects with the Prevention and Education Partnership in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine; visit local colleges and universities; become familiar with educational opportunity programs in New York State; and engage in group-initiated social science, health sciences, or technology advocacy projects.
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 attend academic workshops and learn directly from medical providers and researchers.
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, from Tuesday through Thursday. During the summer, STEP runs from Monday through Friday for six weeks.
Applicants for the Science and Technology Entry Program 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.
In addition, 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 2021–22 (see “HEOP Eligibility Criteria” for student eligibility).
We recognize that program fees often prevent underrepresented and underserved students from accessing greater academic enrichment and professional training. As a result, STEP dedicates its resources to ensuring that its program activities come at no cost to students and their families.
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.
For inquiries regarding our Science and Technology Entry Program, please email email@example.com.