Application

Applications are due by 5PM, Tuesday, March 1st. The application form will close after 5PM. Recommenders have until 5PM Monday, March 7th.

Before you begin the online application process, read these directions carefully, gather all the information noted, and write/edit your essay in a word processing program.  The online application form is straightforward, but needs to be submitted all at once. 

Students should complete their own application.  

IMG_2605Please know that we will consider your application in its totality, and will focus particular attention on your written essay.  We are seeking academically strong students with aptitude in science and math, but acknowledge that not all students are afforded the same opportunities to study a range of STEM disciplines, and may not have access to Advanced Placement courses or easy access to Regents exams early in their high school careers.  We are also looking for students with a passion for STEM subjects, are excited by the idea of conducting research, and are willing to commit and work hard.

 

The application form requests information in the following areas:

1 – Information About You

  • The basics, plus an email address and contact number you check regularly.
  • Demographic information about yourself, including race/ethnicity and household/family income.

2 – Information About Your Academic RecordIMG_9673

 

  • Your cumulative GPA (out of 100) from the beginning of high school through the last marking period.
  • Your average grade (out of 100) in all your high school science and math classes, and the number of classes you have taken in these subjects.  You can calculate this by reviewing your transcript and averaging the grades from the relevant classes. Please include math and science classes you are currently taking, with the grades through the last marking period.
  • Your scores from any Regents or Advanced Placement exams you have taken. These tests or courses are NOT prerequisites for ARISE.
  • Your grade (out of 100) through the last marking period in any Advanced Placement courses you are currently taking. These are NOT prerequisites for ARISE.
  • If you are selected for a first round interview and lab tour, you must bring official copies of your high school transcript and any exam results you reported.  We strongly recommend that you obtain this documentation, both in hard copy and electronic formats, as soon as possible.

3 – Preferred Area of STEM Research

  • Read carefully all the descriptions on the Research Opportunities page, and note the Area of STEM Research designation (Engineering, Life Sciences or Computer and Data Sciences) indicated next to the labs that are most interesting to you. Additional labs may be added, prior to the lab tours.
  • Please use the links provided with the lab placement descriptions to explore more about the faculty, their labs and research projects. You will find this helpful in writing your essay.
  • On the Application Form you will be asked to rank your preferred Areas of STEM Research (with a ranking of 1 being your most preferred).


IMG_9763Note on process
: If you are selected for the combined first round interviews and lab tours (week of April 18, 2016), you will likely tour the labs associated with your most preferred Area of STEM Research, however, this is not guaranteed and may depend on number of applicants. After the initial interview and your tours, you will be required to rank your preferences for specific lab placements within the labs you have toured.  If you are invited to second round interviews with lab personnel (week of April 25, 2016) your lab-specific rankings will be used to determine your roster of interviews.  In the second round, you can expect to interview with about 4.

At the conclusion of the second round interviews, you will have one more chance to rank your preferences for specific lab placements (among those with which you interviewed).  Interviewers will rank their preferences for interviewees. Placement offers will be made to individual applicants based on the highest possible match between your preference for a lab and a lab’s preference for you. (The Center reserve the right to adjust the final list of placement offers to account for overall applicant and lab personnel rankings and to meet other Program objectives). This list will be released to you on or around May 5, 2016.

If you complete the second round interview process but are not initially offered a placement, you will be moved to our wait list. Typically, a few students from the wait-listreceive lab placements. This will depend heavily on finding the best possible match between applicant and lab preferences.

4 – Two Recommendations

  • The application requires two recommendations from adults who know you.  They can not be a member of your family or someone you live with. You will need the correct spelling of their full name and an email address that they check regularly in order for us to send them a recommendation form.
  • One of the recommendations must be from someone with knowledge of your academic record, work ethic, and interest in STEM.  Select a teacher, assistant principal or principal.  
  • The second recommendation may also be from a teacher, assistant principal or principal.  However, you may select an adult who knows you through extracurricular, community service, religious or similar activities, who is familiar with other aspects of your character such as motivation, sense of personal achievement, ethics, or ability to make and fulfill commitments.
  • Your recommenders will receive an email with instructions to complete a short questionnaire and a one paragraph recommendation after you submit your initial online application. Their submissions will complete your application. We strongly suggest you begin to communicate immediately with potential recommenders to insure that this part of your application moves smoothly.

5 – Essay

Submit a 4 or 5 (maximum) paragraph essay about your interest in ARISE, STEM studies and yourself.  Suggestions for things you want to address:

  • Describe why you want to be selected for the ARISE program.  Please connect this interest to your academic and/or personal passions and the goals and objectives you have for those areas of your life over the next several years.
  • Describe why you are qualified to be selected for the ARISE program.  Please include specific examples from your academic career where you achieved or acted with distinction, or persisted to learn difficult content or through difficult situations.
  • Describe a few things about yourself that show an ability to fulfill the commitments you make, work hard, and to use good judgment.  Please include specific examples from your academic and/or personal life that demonstrate or evidence these aspects of your character.
  • Describe the intellectual and personal growth you hope to attain through the ARISE experience.  Some examples might include a broader knowledge of a specific engineering field or a set of scientific concepts, better or new teamwork skills, or a deeper understanding of what it takes to prepare for and succeed in STEM higher education and careers.

Write and edit your essay in a word processing program so that you can ‘cut and paste’ it into the application form.
Do not submit your resume or CV.

Other important things: IMG_0797

  • The deadline for application material is March 1, 2016 at 5 PM.
  • The deadline for recommendations is March 7, 2016 at 5PM.
  • Questions regarding the application process that are not answered by the website?
    Contact us: k12stem@poly.edu.
  • We strongly prefer to communicate directly with students and suggest that parents/guardians encourage students to contact us via email.
  • Both you and your recommenders should add centerfork12stem@gmail.com and k12stem@poly.edu to your email address lists.
  • Parental or guardian consent to participate in the program will be required at the time of your second round interview,
  • Please note that we will not answer application status inquiries.  Everyone will be notified of his or her status periodically throughout the post-application submission process, with the first notification (regarding first round interviews/tours) on or around March 30, 2016. 
  • Ready? Ready? Go to the Application Form.