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2017-18 Scientist-in-Residence Teacher Application

The Scientist-in-Residence Program is an initiative that matches scientists and STEM professionals with elementary, middle, or high school classrooms that are conducting authentic science investigations. Participating teachers and their students will partner with an experienced scientist to carry out a science research project. Scientist-in-Residence is a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). Teachers interested in participating are asked to submit an initial project proposal in the application. Selected initial proposals will then be mutually refined by the Scientist-in-Residence and his/her collaborating teacher, with support from the DOE and NYAS program staff to help design and implement the project. Teacher teams of up to four teachers are also invited to apply.

If you are interested in collaborating with a scientist from one of New York City’s science research institutions, click the button below to begin the application. Applications are due by 11:59pm Friday, September 29, 2017.

Program Features and Goals

The Scientist-in-Residence Program matches each selected scientist or STEM professional with a teacher and his/her class(es) for the 2017-18 school year. Scientists-in-Residence and teachers collaborate to scope out and lead a long-term science investigation with a class to prepare students to engage in their own independent scientific research, and to build the capacity of the teacher and school to support long-term science investigations in the future.

Goals include:

• Increased STEM instructional capacity through long-term science investigation projects and science research programs at selected DOE elementary, middle, and high schools.

• Student engagement in authentic, hands-on science with opportunities to develop computational thinking skills, collaborations with STEM professionals, and exposure to STEM career pathways.

• Expansion of STEM professionals’/graduate students’ pedagogical skills, and exposure to urban K-12 STEM teaching as a potential career.

• Expansion of participating teachers’ pedagogical practices, instructional leadership/mentoring skills, and increased engagement among collaborating teachers.

Program Structure

Scientists-in-Residence will spend an average of two hours per week at their partner school site. Scientists-in-Residence and participating teachers will mutually decide on how these hours are allotted. Participating teachers will attend four Scientist-in-Residence convenings to share project activities, successes and challenges with their Scientist-in-Residence and teacher colleagues from other Scientist-in-Residence schools. Each team will receive a small stipend for project materials as well as an opportunity to participate in complimentary professional development through a year-long membership with Science Alliance, or other public enrichment programs through NYAS. Through convenings, site visits, and regular email/phone communication, participating teachers and scientists will work with DOE and NYAS staff to create successful partnerships and projects. Additionally, participating scientists are asked to develop at least one initiative that brings students to a research or scientific setting outside their school or enables them to network with a broader set of scientists and STEM professionals.

Teachers will be selected to participate based on the quality of their project proposal, responses to application questions, and scientist availability. Applicants must submit a Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from their school principal stating that he/she is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation and that he/she supports having a Scientist-in-Residence in the school from October 2017 through May of 2018. Preference will be given to Title I funded elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information, click here to download the FAQ.  

The Letter of Acknowledgment and Support should be downloaded from the last page of this application, completed, signed by your principal, and emailed to with the subject line Scientist-in-Residence Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support by Monday, October 2, 2017. Applications that do not include a Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support will not be considered. 





Friday, September 29, 2017:


Application Deadline

Monday, October 2, 2017:


Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from Principal Deadline



Teachers accepted to Scientist-in-Residence Program are notified

Monday, October 23, 2017


1st Convening: Meet and Greet

Saturday, November 4, 2017


2nd Convening: Planning Day


November-December 2017


Scientist-in-Residence projects begin in schools

November-December 2017


3rd Scientist-in-Residence convening for Teachers and Scientists-in-Residence; Small Group Convenings (date TBD)

January - April 2018


Teachers select a Science in the City or Science Alliance program

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


4th convening: Mid-point Convening

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


End-of-Year Celebration Event to share findings, learnings, and takeaways


Tips for Success in Completing this Online Application

To be sure that you have successfully completed and submitted your application, please note the following tips.

- Consider drafting your responses to the open-ended questions offline to make sure that you are able to edit and save your responses, and to avoid being timed out of the application.

- Make sure that you have reviewed and finalized your responses prior to selecting the "Finish" button at the bottom of the third page.

- Following submission of your application, check the email address that you provided on your application to be sure that you have received an application submission confirmation email from


4th convening for Scientist-in-Residence and teacher