Simons-NYU Science Explorations Program
The Simons-NYU Science Explorations Program is a summer program that brings together students from diverse backgrounds with a passion for the physical and life sciences.
This free program is for academically motivated students with a demonstrated interest in any/all of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, neural science, physics, and psychology. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who are under-represented in the sciences, across race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, gender and sexual identity, or any other legally protected basis.
During the course of this three-week program, students will participate in lectures and labs led by some of the world's leading scientists at New York University, offering a unique opportunity to learn and network directly from some of today's most innovative researchers in the field.
How to Apply
There is no application fee to apply to this program. Each student is allowed to submit only one application.
The application for this program is a multi-step process:
- You will create login credentials by completing and submitting the program application form. This will generate an email with the application login instructions. Once you receive the email, open it and follow the enclosed instructions to create and submit your application;
- To submit this application, you will need to upload your high school transcript (this can be official or unofficial), and at least one (1) recommendation.
- If you start the application before you receive your transcript (official or unofficial), you can log back into your account at a later date to upload your transcript when you have it.
- You can collect a recommendation from a qualified adult by filling out the recommender form, which will send an automated email to your recommender. You can submit your application before your recommender submits their form, and you can also send an automated reminder email to your recommender through the Recommender page of the application. Please note that your recommender will receive an email immediately after their information is submitted or after clicking the “Remind Recommender” button.
To continue an existing application, please log in to the Applicant Management page.
You'll receive a confirmation email once your application has been fully submitted, and when your recommender submits their recommendation.
Areas of Study
- Neural Science
The following testimonials were given anonymously by former student participants:
“This program was excellent….. The lectures had topics that put me out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed every minute of them! This is a program that makes all students feel welcomed.”
“I appreciated how all costs were covered because I wouldn’t have been able to afford this otherwise.”
“I really enjoyed this program. It allowed me to meet many new amazing friends from different states while also continuing to develop my passion for science.”
“This experience was amazing and I am very satisfied and glad I got to take this opportunity which helped me figure out or get an Idea of the endless careers there are in science.”
“I loved and enjoyed every single lecture and as well as labs. Every single professor and TA were so helpful and really expanded my interest in the fields of science. This program is something that I will forever remember and be thankful for.”
“I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this program. I always knew that I wanted to do science as a career but was never sure which subject to choose. This program helped me figure out which subject I am most interested in which will help me pursue my career.”
“This experience has been life changing for me! I’m so happy I had the opportunity to attend to this amazing program. I loved and enjoyed every moment here in NYU. I love the friends I made, my teachers and my classes. Everyone involved in the organization of this program was really nice and dedicated!”
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a preference for a certain subject. Which one will I be studying?
As this program is intended to be an overview of various concepts in the sciences, all students will be participating in all lectures, regardless of subject. Lectures will cover a variety of topics in biology, chemistry, neural science, physics, and psychology, while labs will explore hands on applications in biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and physics.
What does a typical day look like?
Students get up in the mornings and can either grab breakfast from a dining hall or head straight to the day's lecture at 9 am. After the first lecture, there will be a break, followed by another lecture, before the program lets out for lunch. After lunch, students will head to the first of two labs (of which there will be a break in between), before the program breaks for the night around 4 pm.
At the end of the day's classes, as the program assigns no homework, students are free to grab dinner, hang out, explore the city, and participate in NYU's Summer Events, which has included Broadway shows, visits to the Freedom Towers, and movie screenings, to name just a few.
What kinds of expenses does the program cover?
As previously mentioned, the Simons-NYU Science Explorations program is generously funded by our donor, the Simons Foundation. Thanks to their contribution, all costs incurred during travel--including but not limited to students' air fare, train fare, and cost of gas, to/from campus--are covered. Housing and dining expenses are also covered by the program--all accepted students are eligible to either reserve a room or commute to campus, if desired, and all students regardless of housing decision are enrolled in an NYU dining plan.