Middle School, High School & College Diversity Recruitment
NYU School of Medicine identifies and recruits diverse middle school, high school, and college students who may be interested in pursuing medicine and the biomedical sciences. Our recruitment programs address 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 of science, technology, engineering, and math by increasing the numbers of racially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who apply for college and medical school. It 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 the 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 school year and in a four-week program during the summer.
During the spring, scholars meet with medical student mentors or attend research workshops once a week. A select group of dedicated 12th-grade students receive scholarships to complete an independent research project.
During summer sessions, scholars engage in interdisciplinary STEM coursework; attend college and career development workshops; complete health workshops, 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 fellows attend college workshops and receive college-readiness mentoring from medical students at NYU 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 attended academic workshops, learn directly from medical providers, go on field trips, and conduct an in-depth book review.
For students in the 9th through 12th grade, the program takes place on Tuesdays and/or Thursday, from 4:30PM to 7:00PM in the spring and fall during the school year. Two Saturday field trips occur per semester. During the summer, the program runs from Monday through Thursday, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, for four full weeks. Local field trips and the Annual STEP Research Conference may have different hours, where students attend until late afternoons or early evenings.
Students in the 7th and 8th grade attend special Saturday summits once per month during the school year. During the summer, middle school students spend one week in an intensive, hands-on learning experience where they learn first-aid skills and put them to use in outdoor settings.
Students are permitted a maximum of two absences per semester.
Applicants for the Science and Technology Entry Program Scholars program must express an interest in future study in STEM or licensed health professions and be actively pursuing interdisciplinary learning, holistic personal development, and wellness. They also have demonstrated resilience, determination, and self-awareness in overcoming personal challenges, as well as cooperation, empathy, and compassion in dealing with peers. An exceptional school attendance record is required, as is a full commitment to attending the program for three consecutive semesters from February through December.
In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be enrolled in 7th through 12th grade
- have been a resident of New York State for the past 12 months or longer
- self-identify as Alaska Native, American Indian, Black or African American, or Latino/Hispanic, or demonstrate economic disadvantage per New York State–determined criteria
While STEP exists to address racial inequities, it also confronts economic inequities that prevent educational access. If you do not self-identify as a part of a racially underrepresented group, you may also submit documentation of economic disadvantaged status.
You may document economic eligibility by providing proof of one of the following:
- free or reduced-price school lunch (this is the preferred option). A school administrator may write a letter that includes her or his signature and contact information certifying that the student received free or reduced-price school lunches. The letter must be on school letterhead with the school’s or administrator’s contact information.
- Family Assistance Program aid
- Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or a county Department of Social Services
- family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Assistance or a county Department of Social Services
- student ward of the state or county status
- single-parent family status, meeting income requirements shown below
If you do not qualify on an economic basis through any of the above criteria, you may also qualify by income, according to the following New York State Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria for the number of people in the household dependent on income for 2017–18:
- 1 person: $21,978
- 2 people: $29,637
- 3 people: $37,296
- 4 people: $44,955
- 5 people: $52,614
- 6 people: $60,273
- 7 people: $67,951 (add $7,696 for each additional family member)
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.
Food is provided during the fall and spring semesters, and students are expected to use their school-issued student MetroCards to travel to NYU School of Medicine. During the summer semester, MetroCards are provided and students are given lunch cards to purchase meals at Tisch Café at NYU Langone.
How to Apply
Applicants must complete and submit paperwork by the assigned deadline. This includes an online application, including self-reflection questions, a recent school transcript, two teacher evaluation forms completed online, and economic documentation if you are applying for economic disadvantage eligibility. All materials are submitted online via the application.
All applicants must submit their most recent school transcript, a report card after each semester in the program, and a final school transcript at the end of 12th grade. Complete transcripts, not semester report cards, are required for admission into the program. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
Two evaluations forms need to be submitted online. One evaluation must be from a science or math teacher and the other can be from another teacher, guidance counselor, principal, employer, advisor, or professional mentor.
All documents are required to be submitted online, with supporting documents attached. Incomplete applications are not considered. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
For inquiries regarding our Science and Technology Entry Program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.