ARISE Applicant's Page
Use this page to access the ARISE Application and information on preparing your submission.
Before You apply:
Be sure to read through the ARISE main page before applying. Review the ARISE application and instructions carefully.
Add email@example.com to the ‘safe senders’ list in your email program. We will communicate with you regularly throughout the application process.
Students should read the short descriptions of participating labs on our website and use the links in those descriptions to learn more. Students choose a general STEM area of interest on their application: Computer and Data Science, Life Science or Engineering — with a ranking of 1 being your most preferred.
Ask a person to write you a Support Letter. This person can be a teacher, counselor, principal, or a mentor in another context like an athletic coach, a religious leader, a supervisor at a job or volunteer activity, etc. We want to know about your character, work ethic, interests, school activities, love for STEM, and what are your career goals. Please ask your person first before putting their name down in the application and ensure they say “yes” before you apply because we will not be able to change your response once you submit your application. You will need an email address they check regularly, and please ask them to add firstname.lastname@example.org to their ‘safe senders’ list in their email program.
Check that you are available for all the dates that are mandatory for you to proceed through the application process and hold these dates on your schedule.
You must be a current 10th or 11th grader and a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) in order to apply. No exceptions.
Be absolutely sure you can make the commitment to attend the entire ARISE summer program if you are selected. These dates are:
- ARISE Orientation: June 25, 2021
Program: June 28 to August 13, 2021, full days, Monday through Friday (and at least one day per week will run until 6pm). That is, during the seven weeks of ARISE you will not be able to have any other weekday, 9am to 6pm obligations — no classes, tutors, jobs, etc.
Please remember: we anticipate that nearly 500 students will apply to ARISE for 2021, way more than we can place in labs. If you are selected and accept your placement, it means the next student on the waitlist will not get into the program. This makes your commitment to the entire ARISE program a matter of your personal integrity and has a serious impact on your peers.
Step 1: Online Application
Prepare for and complete the ARISE application and submit by March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM. No exceptions.
Step 2: Support Letter
After you submit, check in with the person you asked to write your Support Letter
They should have received an email with instructions directly from NYU
Ensure they submit the letter via the email prompt by March 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM.
Step 3: Lab Tours and Group Interviews
Invitations to selected applicants for Lab Tours and Group Interviews will be sent on the week of March 30, 2021.
Lab Tours will take place on April 19 and 20 in the evening.
Students not selected will be placed on a waitlist. Those students will receive notification on April 23. It is possible some students will come off the waitlist and be invited to Lab Tours and Group Interviews. If you do not ultimately attend a Lab Tour and Group Interview, you will no longer be considered for ARISE 2021.
Step 4: Rank Labs
Students who attend Step 3 and are invited to continue in the application process will be given approximately 24 hours to respond to our notification email and will be asked to rank your preferences for one-on-one interviews with Lab Personnel. You may only rank labs you tour.
We will reach out within 24 to 48 hours of the completion of Step 3 to let applicants know if they have been invited to proceed to the lab ranking process.
Students not selected to process to Step 4 will be placed on a waitlist. Those students will receive notification. It is possible some students will come off the waitlist and be invited to complete Step 4 and proceed in the selection process. If you do not ultimately proceed to Step 4, you will no longer be considered for ARISE 2021.
Step 5: One-on-One Lab Interviews
Students completing Step 4 will proceed to one-on-one interviews with lab personnel. These interviews are mandatory for final consideration in the ARISE program and will take place on May 2 or May 3, 2021 virtually.
You can expect to interview with about 4 labs during this part of the process.
Step 6: Rank Labs Again
Within 24 hours of the one-on-one interviews, you will re-rank only the labs you interviewed with, designating most preferred placement to least preferred placement. Lab personnel will also rank their preferences among interviewees. Placement offers will be made based on the highest/best match between your preference for a lab and a lab’s preference for you.
Step 7: Selection, Acceptance and Waitlist
We will notify you of a placement opportunity within two to three days of the one-on-one interviews. You will have 24 hours to accept your selection to the ARISE 2021 program, and be accepting your placement you commit to attend the entire program and are stipulating you do not have, and will not make, any plans (other programs, courses, tutoring, vacation, etc.) that will interfere with your full time participation in ARISE.
Those completing Steps 5 and 6 and not initially matched with a lab placement will be placed on a waitlist. Our experience is that a small number of students on this waitlist are ultimately offered a lab placement. This last part of the process usually plays out over the 7 to 10 days following the one-on-one interviews.
We receive many emails or calls from students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and non-profits who would like further clarification on aspects of the ARISE application process and program. Please look through these FAQ — someone else may have had the same question you are thinking of:
We receive many emails or calls from students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and non-profits who would like further clarification on aspects of the ARISE application process and program. Please look through these FAQ – someone else may have had the same question you are thinking of:
A: Yes, you can apply. There are no specific courses that are prerequisites for ARISE.
Q: I am not an American citizen. Can I still apply?
Q: Can I apply if I am in 9th grade or 12th grade?
A: No, you must be in either 10th or 11th grade when you apply. No exceptions.
Q: What about a 9th grader who is exceptionally bright and a STEM superstar? Can they apply?
Q: I live outside of NYC, but will be in New York for the summer. I have a relative I can stay with or my family will find a place to stay so that I can be in the program. Can I apply?
Q: I live outside of NYC, but attend a school in one of the five NYC boroughs. Can I apply?
Q: I am really interested in one of the labs that offers spots in ARISE. I’m convinced that it is the perfect lab for me. Can I apply to be matched with that lab?
A: Students should read the short descriptions of participating labs on our website and use the links in those descriptions to learn more. Students choose a general area of interest on their application. Applicants who are invited to lab tours visit 6 to 10 labs in this general area. Afterwards, students often change their mind about which labs they prefer. They then rank the labs in order of their preference. If invited to interviews, students meet with people from 4 labs they ranked – often, but not always, the top 4 of their choice. After the interviews, the students rank these 4 labs again in order of their preference since they often change their mind again at this point. Students who are offered placements are matched to labs based both on their preference and the preference of the lab members.
Q: Can I enter some information into the application and come back later to finish it?
A: No, unfortunately, the whole application has to be entered at once. You can’t save it and come back later. For this reason, please the Application Walkthrough and make sure you have all of the needed information, including your essay, ready before you start the application. If you click “submit” with incomplete information or with a practice essay entered, we receive it and recommendation requests are sent to the emails you typed in for the recommenders. If you then have to apply again with a complete essay, your recommenders will receive more emails, leading to confusion.
Q: The application keeps asking for my GPA or grades on a scale of 100, but my school gives grades on a 1 to 4 or 1 to 5 scale. Can I enter it that way, instead?
Q: What does full-time mean?
A: During the ARISE summer program, July 1 to August 16th, students are in workshops during the first 2 weeks from approximately 10AM to 4PM. In addition, there will be workshops from 4PM to 6PM once a week. Students conduct research in a lab for 5 weeks and make a schedule with the lab members. The hours might be weekdays, 10AM to 6PM, 9AM to 5PM, or something slightly different than that. We can’t provide a specific lab schedule, ahead of time, since this depends on the lab. However, during Monday to Friday ARISE students make a commitment NOT have any other outside work such as: a job, summer classes, and/or recreational activities that will impede them from working successfully in the lab.
Q: My family goes on a one-week vacation in the middle of the summer. Can I take a week off from ARISE? What if I have a summer job?
A: ARISE applicants who are offered a spot are asked to agree to attend full-time. We understand that people may have a dentist appointment or their grandmother’s 80th birthday party to attend and it’s fine to miss a day if you let us and your lab know ahead of time. However, if you know that you will not be present for at least several days, ARISE is not be a good fit for you. We have a limited number of spots to give to students, so we can’t keep someone in the program if they have overlapping summer plans. Students who complete the program receive a $500 stipend.
Q: I have applied to another program, in addition to ARISE. Can I do both if I get in?
A: See above. ARISE applicants who are offered a spot are asked to agree to attend full-time. Many students apply to more than one program, which is perfectly fine. However, if you are offered a spot in more than one summer program and the schedules overlap, you will have to choose one and allow another student to have the opportunity to participate in the other. You should make this decision quickly and be sure to contact all programs to which you’ve applied, so that someone from a wait list can be offered a spot. Many of the research programs you may apply to other than ARISE are part of our larger consortium so we become aware if you have accepted both spots. You must commit to one program during the July 1 to August 16 time frame.
Q: Does everyone invited to lab tours get offered a spot?
A: No, the lab tours are one step in the application process.
Q: Does everyone invited to interviews get offered a spot?
A: No, the interviews are one step in the application process.
Q: I have no research experience. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the other requirements (see main ARISE page), you can apply. No previous experience is necessary.
Q: I have a soccer practice, tutoring session, homework, an event at my school, or a test to study for on the same night of lab tours or interviews. Can I skip the interviews or lab tours, send someone in my place, or have a separate time schedule?
A: No, all dates listed as mandatory on the ARISE website are mandatory. Hundreds of high school students, NYU professors, NYU graduate students, and NYU staff are involved in these events and they’re scheduled ahead of time to try to accommodate as many people as possible. It may not be perfect for everyone, but we hope that giving advance notice will help you plan. Applicants invited to tours or interviews can not send a parent or friend in their place.
Q: I’m a parent and I am very interested in what my child will be doing if they are accepted into ARISE. Can I attend the lab tours?
A: Unfortunately, the labs are crowded, were not designed to hold a large group, and we are trying to accommodate as many students as possible. Thus, family members or friends are not included in the lab tours. In addition, we find that to succeed in ARISE or a similar program, students need to be self-motivated and independent.
Q: I’m a parent and my child is very nervous about the interviews. Should I attend with them? What should they expect?
A: Space at NYU is hard to come by. The interviews are arranged in a single room in a “speed-dating” format with a couple of members from each lab sitting at a table and student interviewees rotating through the tables. Students interview with 4 labs and labs interview about 10 students. Usually, we have only a small section of seats for students who are waiting for their interviews to start. Thus, we don’t invite family members or friends to interviews. In addition, we find that to succeed in ARISE or a similar program, students need to be self-motivated and independent. The interviews are not high-pressure discussions, but more like a chat with lab members about the work they do. The applicants are not being grilled or quizzed. It’s a good idea for students to look at the labs’ websites and read a bit about their work in order to have useful questions prepared. Students should read short descriptions of the labs on our website and use the links in those descriptions to learn more.
Q: I work with high school students to help them get summer internships. Can my organization or school partner with ARISE or NYU to place several students in labs?
A: ARISE doesn’t have partnerships with specific schools or non-profits nor do we set aside spots for or give preference to students affiliated with a particular school or program. All eligible students must apply through the same channels.
Q: Is there a fee to apply or to participate in ARISE?
Q: Will ARISE or NYU provide meals or a metrocard to participants?
A: Participants are responsible for their own meals and transportation during ARISE. While the program is free to participants, we raise money from donors to be able to cover costs of the program. We prefer to use all of these funds to allow the largest number of students to participate rather than covering meals and metrocards. Some high schools are able to get metrocards for students in summer programs. Please speak with your high school about this prior to the summer.
Q: I don’t attend a specialized high school or a competitive high school. Should I still apply?
A: You should absolutely apply if you meet the requirements, are truly interested in the program, and can attend full time for the 7 weeks. Last year, 56 ARISE participants came from 35 different high schools, big and small, and were from every NYC borough.
Q: Who should I put down as my Support Letter individual? What are you going to ask them?
A: Support Letter Individual is an adult who know you and how you work but who are not related to you and who don’t live with you. This person can also be a teacher, counselor, principal, a mentor in another context: your athletic coach, your religious leader, your supervisor at a job or volunteer activity, etc. Please do ask your person first before putting them name down in the application. Once you do so we cannot go back and change the information in the system. We want to know about your character, work ethic, interests, school activities, love for science, and what are your career goals. We will send her/him an online form to ask them about your ability to deal with challenges, your academic potential, and how they think you would do in ARISE. It is normal for individuals who write these type of Support Letters to keep their answers private from applicants, so you should not expect them to tell you what they wrote.
Q: I applied but my Support Letter individual didn’t receive an email from you. What should they do?
A: Emails to your Support Letter individual is automatically generated when you click “submit” on your application. If you typed the email address incorrectly (this happens more often than you’d think), they didn’t receive it. Please ask them to check their spam folder and to add our email address (email@example.com) to their contacts. If they still can’t find the email, please email us with your first and last name, their first and last name and proper email address. Ask us in the body of the email to re-send the form. Then remind them to check their email, including their spam folder.
Q: What if I don’t get in to ARISE? I really want to conduct research while in high school. What else can I do?
A: In addition to applying to ARISE, you can check out the programs offered by other members of the New York City Science Research Mentoring Consortium. Each of these programs are free for NYC high school students and are offered at major research institutions (universities, medical schools, or museums) across the City. Each program has its own application process and its own schedule. You will need to contact specific programs or read their websites for details.
How to Apply
Students must complete their own application.
Before you begin the online application, read these directions, gather the information noted, and write/edit your essay in a word processing program. The online application form needs to be submitted all at once – you cannot save it and return to it later. Your recommenders will receive automated emails after you hit “submit”. Therefore, do not submit practice applications or multiple applications. Submit once, after you’ve prepared your essay and other information.
We know students have different coursework opportunities and may not have access to Advanced Placement courses or easy access to Regents exams. Therefore, there are no specific courses, grades, or test scores that are prerequisites. We will consider your application in its totality, and will focus particular attention on your written essay. We are seeking academically motivated students with aptitude in science and math. We are looking for NYC students with a passion for STEM subjects, who are excited by the idea of conducting research, and are willing to commit and work hard.
Applications are submitted online, only. We do not accept documents via email or paper mail for ARISE. The online 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, excluding any income you as the student bring to the household.
2 – Information About Your Academic Record
- Your cumulative GPA (out of 100) from the beginning of high school through the last marking period. There is no minimum GPA required in order to apply. If you need to convert a 4 point GPA to a scale of 100 please refer to this helpful guide.
- 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.
- If you are invited for a final round interview, you must bring official copies of your high school transcript. We strongly recommend that you obtain these, both in paper 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 (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.
- Use the links provided with the lab descriptions to explore more about the faculty, their labs and research projects. You will find this helpful in writing your essay.
- On the online Application Form you will be asked to rank your preferred Areas of STEM Research (with a ranking of 1 being your most preferred). Take your time in selecting your preferred STEM area because once you make the selection and submit the application we cannot make any changes.
Note on process: If you are selected for the combined first round group interviews and lab tours (April 19 and April 20, 2021), you will likely tour labs associated with your most preferred Area of STEM Research, however, this is not guaranteed and depends on the number of applicants. After the lab tours, you will be required to rank your preferences of only the labs you have toured. If you are invited to final round interviews with lab personnel (May 2 and May 3, 2021) this will be used to determine your roster of interviews. If invited, you can expect to interview with about 4 labs.
After the final round of interviews, you will have another chance to re-rank labs based on your preferences for specific lab placements. Lab researchers will rank their preferences for interviewees, as well. Placement offers will be made based on the highest match between your preference for a lab and a lab’s preference for you. The Center reserves 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. Placement and wait list offers will be released to you on or around May 10, 2021.
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-list receive lab placements. This will depend heavily on finding the best possible match between applicant and lab preferences.
4 – One Support Letter
The application requires one Support Letter from an adult who knows you and who can comment on your abilities and strengths. This person 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 an online recommendation form.
The Support Letter individual can be someone with knowledge of your academic record, work ethic, and interest in STEM: Such as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, 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.
The Support Letter individual will receive an email with a link to an online form and instructions to complete a short questionnaire and a one paragraph recommendation through the form. Their submission will complete your application. We strongly suggest you speak with potential individuals early-on to insure that this part of your application moves smoothly. Let them know that you are applying to ARISE and ask if they would be able to write a recommendation. If they agree, ask them for the best email address for you to include in the application and let them know they will need to submit information through an online form, not by email or paper mail. You will not be able to make change your Support Letter individual after you submit the application
5 – Essay
You will have to write short paragraph responses to the questions listed below. Do not copy and paste a resume or CV. Please do not email us additional documents such as resumes, CVs, or awards, which can not be added to or considered with your application material. Be sure your responses addresses the following:
- Why do 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.
- Why are you 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.
- What are 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.
- What intellectual and personal growth do 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 responses in a word processing program so that you can ‘copy and paste’ it into the online application form. Do not submit your resume or CV.
Other important things:
- Check the Frequently Asked Questions section if you still have questions after reading all of the above instructions.
- The deadline for application material is March 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
- The deadline for online recommendations is March 6, 2021 at 5 PM.
- Questions regarding the application process that is not answered by the website, including the Frequently Asked Questions?
- Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have submitted an application, please provide your full name with any inquiry.
- We strongly prefer to communicate directly with students and suggest that parents/guardians encourage students to contact us via email. Students who are most likely to succeed in a program such as ARISE are those who independently seek out an intensive research program and complete the application process on their own.
- Both you and your Support Letter individual should add email@example.com to your email address lists.
- Parental or guardian consent to participate in the program will be required. Forms, including a contract of commitment attesting to your full participation in the program, will be emailed to the selected students that accept their program placement.
- Please note that once the application deadline has passed, we will not answer individual application status inquiries via email or phone. Everyone will be notified of his or her status periodically throughout the process. After you apply, check your spam folder, since we email updates which may require a response from you by a certain deadline!
- We cannot accept applications from students who reside outside of one of the five NYC boroughs. Students who will be living in NYC for the summer, only, or who attend school in NYC but live outside of NYC are not eligible. There are no exceptions.
- Ready? Go to the Application Form.
Stop: have you read the instructions? If not, please check the How to Apply and Application Walkthrough sections. Your Support Letter individual will receive an automated email after you hit “submit”. Therefore, do not submit practice applications or multiple applications. Submit once, only after you have prepared your essay and other information.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM, March 1, 2021. Support Letter Individuals have until 5 PM Friday, March 6, 2021.