Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

STEM Research Opportunity for 10th and 11th Graders

students working in a lab


Now accepting applications for its eighth cohort for summer 2020, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program has graduated over 225 high school students. This free program is for academically motivated, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This full-time, seven week program includes: a high level, 5-week authentic research experience in participating NYU faculty labs, mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student, a stipend of at least $500 for completing the program, as well as two weeks of workshops, college advisement and other activities geared to preparing ARISE students for the college application process.  In the workshops, students will be introduced to the field of scientific ethics, contemporary issues in scientific inquiry, data collection and analysis, research practices, lab safety and more.

With their mentors, ARISE participants will spend the latter five weeks of the program in their labs where they will make practical, substantive contributions to the lab’s research objectives, which span engineering, life sciences, and computer and data sciences.  Check out the Research Opportunities section to learn more about the research going on in the more than 28 ARISE labs and the professors who oversee the work.

ARISE student being interviewed in a lab

Students will also receive training in presentation and public speaking skills, in collaboration with ARISE’s partners at Irondale Ensemble Project, and give their research findings at the program’s concluding colloquium (archival page) to NYU faculty and graduate students, their peer ARISE participants, other academic experts, family members and friends.

two ARISE students giving a presentation

Through a grant from the Pinkerton Foundation, with additional support from the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), ARISE is intended to provide an advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) research opportunity to New York City students lacking access to high quality STEM education experiences. Students from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM disciplines and careers, including women, students of color and those from low–income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. NYU Tandon‘s ARISE program is a partner of the New York City Science Research Mentoring Consortium, a group of NYC academic, research and cultural institutions providing NYC high school students with mentored, authentic research experiences in STEM.

Research Opportunities

Please note: if you submit an application it is to the ARISE program, NOT to a specific lab. Applicants express interest in a general area of research (noted on each lab's entry below).  Those students that move through the process after applying, will have the opportunity to focus on placements in a specific set of labs.  However, even if you are accepted, students are not guaranteed a placement in their first choice lab.

The following are some of the NYU labs that participate in ARISE, organized by academic Department. More labs may be added in future.

Subject Areas

Evolutionary Morphology Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

student working with a computer and bones on a desk

Dr. Scott Williams’ Evolutionary Morphology Lab in the Department of Anthropology at NYU focuses on lvisualization and quantification of bony morphology. In particular, Dr. Williams and his students study the skeletons of living primates in order to understand how fossil primates behaved and interacted with their environments. We use laser surface and computed tomography scanning technologies as well as traditional morphometric techniques to measure bones and fossils and compare them to known animals. Our focus is on human evolution, so much of what we dedicate our studies to are the fossilized remains of hominins—members of the human lineage that are now extinct—along with modern humans and living apes, including gibbons, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees. Lab members have been involved in the study of two newly discovered species of early hominin, Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi.


Primate Hormones and Behavior (PHaB) Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

students working in a lab

Dr. James Higham‘s Primate Hormones and Behavior (PHaB) Lab, an enzyme immuno-assay laboratory, measures primate hormonal and immunological analytes, often measured as metabolites from excreta (feces and urine). The lab’s overall goal is to study genetical, morphological, physiological and behavioral aspects of primate reproductive strategies as shaped by sexual selection. Following Darwin, the research is structured around two related processes: the ways in which individuals compete with members of the same sex both directly and indirectly over reproductive opportunities (intra-sexual selection); and the ways in which individuals attract members of the opposite sex (inter-sexual selection). The methods used in the lab include techniques from ethology, physical anthropology, evolutionary biology, computer vision and machine learning, experimental and comparative psychology, endocrinology and immunology, and quantitative and functional genetics.

Developmental Genomics Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

students working in a lab referencing a textbook

Dr. Christine Rushlow’s Developmental Genomics Lab studies how an organism develops from a fertilized egg into an adult. We use the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model system because flies have a short generation time, they are easy to keep in bottles in the lab, and we can do many types of experiments with them. We study mutant flies to figure out how fly embryos develop. For example, some mutants do not form nervous systems, and thus they cannot move or eat, and they die. We ask questions like – what went wrong in that mutant during its development to give such a dramatic defect? We identify the mutant gene responsible for the defect, and then study how the gene normally works during development. We study the protein the gene makes, where is it active, and how it interacts with other proteins to produce a nervous system with the right number of nerves in the right place. Currently we are working on a gene called Zelda, which is a master regulator of genes necessary for many different processes in the young embryo, including nervous system development. Our goal is to identify all the genes Zelda regulates, and determine how they work together in a network to make an embryo with all its proper structures. ARISE students will perform many different techniques including how to synthesize RNA from DNA, prepare fly embryos for hybridization experiments, and examine embryos under the microscope. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret data, and how to assemble their data into a report.


The Systems Proteomics Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

students working in a lab

What do you do when you feel stressed? That is the fundamental question asked ask every day in Dr. Christine Vogel’s lab, but they do not ask people, they ask cells – cells from humans or microbes, such as baker’s yeast. Why would cells get stressed? Every day, the cells in our body, or yeasts growing in a flask, as subjected to many changes in the environment: heat or cold, abundance of food or lack thereof, chemicals, sunshine, or even X-rays. All these environmental factors can change the cells, their shapes, their genetic material, or the protein molecules that are the little workhorses inside a cell which fulfill all the cellular functions. These changes stress the cells, they deviate from their normal behavior. If the cellular proteins become damaged during stress and the cell cannot repair them anymore, highly detrimental processes can take place. In worst case, the damaged proteins may form clumps (so-called aggregates) in our cells which can lead to many human diseases, for example those affecting the nervous system such Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease). For that reason, many labs as well as ours study the cellular response to environmental stresses. We use modern techniques to analyze thousands of proteins simultaneously, and we follow their journey from being synthesized within the cell, being damaged, being repaired, or being sent to the degradation machinery. We aim to understand these different processes and how they may communicate with each other during the stress response. Once we understand this intricate network of regulatory processes, we will be able to modify it – and eventually help the cells (and the human body) to better cope with stress.


Chromosome Inheritance Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

students working in a lab

Dr. Andreas Hochwagen’s research aims to discover the genetic pathways that enable sexually reproducing organisms to pass their genes on to the next generation. This research is performed in the single-celled baker’s yeast to take advantage of the fast growth and comparatively simple genome organization of this organism. Students will gain exposure to state-of-the-art methods of genetics research and will learn to perform fluorescence microscopy of chromosomes.


Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

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Dr. Fei Li and his colleagues are interested in epigenetics, a field studying heritable changes in phenotype that occur without changes in DNA sequence. Epigenetic information, stored in the form of histone modifications and DNA methylation, constitute a second layer of regulatory information important for many cellular processes, such as gene expression regulation, chromatin organization, and genome stability. We are particularly focusing on epigenetic regulation of heterochromatin and centromere in the model eukaryotic organism fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe). We take advantage of powerful experimental approaches available in fission yeast, including genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and genomics, to understand the fundamental principles of epigenetic regulation.


Chromatin Genomics Lab
Area of STEM Research: Life Sciences

students working in a lab

In humans and other eukaryotes, genomic DNA is tightly packaged to fit inside a small nucleus. This packaging is accomplished by a set of evolutionarily conserved proteins that bind to and form a protein-DNA structure called chromatin. Dr. Sevinc Ercan’s lab studies how chromatin structure regulates gene expression. They focus on a particular family of protein complexes called condensins, which are essential for chromosome condensation in all species examined so far. To understand condensin mechanisms, Ercan lab primarily uses C. elegans, a small nematode worm as an experimental model. Students will be integrated into an ongoing project in the lab, which typically involves molecular cloning, genetics and genome editing in C. elegans.




Applied Micro-Bioengineering Lab

students in a lab

Dr. Weiqiang Chen’s Applied Micro-Bioengineering Lab focuses on development of innovative micro/nanoscale technologies and integrated biosystems targeting important emerging areas of research at the forefront of engineering and medicine. Specific examples include engineering microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems for single-cell sensing and immune engineering, biomanufacturing organotypic organ-on-a-chip systems for cancer diagnosis and modeling, as well as biomaterials for tissue engineering and stem cell-based regenerative medicine. These novel micro/nanoengineered biomaterials and biosystems will not only permit advances in engineering but also greatly contribute to improving human health.

Protein Engineering & Molecular Design Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Life Sciences / Engineering

students and faculty observing proteins

Dr. Jin Montclare’s Protein Engineering and Molecular Lab exploits nature’s biosynthetic machinery and evolutionary mechanisms to design new biomaterials and functional proteins. Organophosphates (OPs) are widely adopted in agriculture and military industries. However, due to their effect on the environment and public health, the disposal and management of OPs represents a significant challenge. Phosphotriesterase (PTE) enzymes from multiple organisms have been identified and employed as biocatalytic scavengers and deactivators of OPs that perform optimally under physiological temperatures and conditions. We are re-engineering PTEs to improve their stability and extend their half-life to facilitate their use in the field.


Biomolecular Engineering Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Life Sciences / Engineering

student holding a beaker

The goal of research in Dr. Jin Ryoun Kim’s group is engineering of proteins to solve modern scientific and engineering problems related to protein stability, misfolding, aggregation, and self-assembly. Students will have research opportunities to study proteins with specific focuses on (1) understanding and modulation of protein aggregation implicated in amyloid diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and/or (2) stabilization of biocatalytic enzymes for industrial applications.


Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Group
Areas of STEM Research: Life Sciences / Engineering

students and faculty in a lab

Dr. Rastislav Levicky’s Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Group studies biological interactions. Biomolecular interactions are highly challenging to detect, yet are crucially important for identifying toxicity, medical usefulness, origins of biological material such as from viruses or harmful bacteria, and understanding how the subroutines encoded in DNA get translated to the functioning of living cells. Research in the Levicky group develops devices to measure these interactions. Potential applications range from identification of contaminants in water and food to medical treatments tailored to a patient’s genetic uniqueness, and to discovery of molecular mechanisms behind diseases such as cancer. Students will learn how to track behavior of biologically-important molecules, perform computer-based analysis of data, work to develop better hardware to analyze molecules inside of very small nanoliter volumes, and more.


Hartman Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Life Sciences / Engineering

students looking at a computer screen

Dr. Ryan Hartman’s laboratory investigates flow chemistry with microsystems using catalysis and reaction engineering principles.  Our contributions impact the design of processes and systems, ranging from the molecular-to-the-macro- length scales.  Continuous-flow manufacturing, flow chemistry, microchemical systems, and molecular management are major themes of our laboratory.  Applied mathematics are essential in each area in order to derive predictive models that impact society.  The ARISE program provides K-12 students the opportunity to engage in research related to the above-mentioned themes.


Multifunctional Material Systems Laboratory
Area of STEM Research: Engineering

students posing in a lab

Dr. Miguel Modestino’s  Multifunctional Material Systems Laboratory investigates materials that use renewable energy sources such as wind and solar to drive chemical reactions. These types of materials are often found in widely used energy storage and conversion technologies such as batteries and fuel cells. Students involved in projects will be exposed to cutting-edge energy research tools, will be able to design and develop new prototypes of energy reactors using 3D printers, and will learned how chemical engineers can accelerate the transition towards a clean-energy world.


Nanostructured Hybrid Materials
Area of STEM Research: Engineering

students in a lab learning about nano materials

Dr. Ayaskanta Sahu’s laboratory focus on designing materials at the nanoscale with dimensions that range from a few nanometers to tens of nanometers. To put these numbers into perspective, a typical nanocrystal will be around 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of human hair. While nanometer-sized chips are ubiquitous in the semiconductor industry, our lab is focused on expanding the application of these tiny nanocrystals in fields such as lighting (LEDs), solar cells and thermoelectrics. Thermoelectrics are electronic devices that can convert waste heat into electricity. With about 60% of all usable power lost as waste heat, thermoelectrics have the potential to radically modify the current clean energy landscape. Students working in our lab will have hands-on research experience of synthesizing these nanomaterials and assembling them into working devices while learning basic concepts of chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering.

Soil Mechanics Lab 
Area of STEM Research: Engineering

students conducting experiments in a lab

Dr. Magued Iskander’s Soil Mechanics Lab will engage students in research on modeling soil structure-interaction using transparent soils, lasers, and digital image correlation. This research will expose students to the state of the art experimental methods used in civil engineering as well as to the advanced analytical methods that are employed for image analysis.


Urban Modeling Group Lab
Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/Engineering

a black and white layout of an urban map

Dr. Debra Laefer’s Urban Modeling Group focuses on the data-driven study of the urban environment anchored in high-resolution aerial laser scanning data. Students will be engaged in the development of tools to integrate and leverage the wealth of urban data currently available and/or emerging for urban research. Potential application areas include: urban accessibility, municipal service delivery, air quality, pedestrian wind comfort, public space maintenance, and heritage conservation, as well a tool development for the visualization and exploration of such datasets.


Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab (biLAB)
Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/Engineering

students holding up biLab devices

Dr. Semiha Ergan’s Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab (biLAB) is part of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. It focuses on understanding the operational challenges associated with construction and operation of facilities and infrastructure systems in urban settings.

The research team works on information modeling and visualization to quantify the impact of architecture on human experience in the built environment, understand and improve the behaviors of existing/new facilities and civil infrastructure systems for next-generation maintenance and operations. The research team takes advantage of advancements in technology in information modeling and visualization to integrate and provide information that engineers, owners, and facility operators need, at the right level of detail and visual form.



Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport (BUILT) Lab
Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/Engineering

group standing in front of a screen displaying map data

Dr. Joseph Chow’s Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport (BUILT) lab is looking to involve students in research in transportation systems and urban mobility. Students will be exposed to computational models to evaluate networks of transportation infrastructure, routing and pricing algorithms of transportation agencies and private service operators (e.g. Uber, Lyft), and simulations of traffic and transit operations under large-scale incident scenarios. Students will help test and integrate newly acquired state of the art equipment for the C2SMART Center – tablets, wearable sensors, instrumented vehicles, commercial drones, VR devices, and GIS-based video wall interfaces.


Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Systems (UrbanMITS) Laboratory
Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/Engineering

students at work at a laptop

The UrbanMITS Lab led by Dr. Kaan Ozbay is a multi-modal transportation infrastructure research and education facility combining a series of new concepts, technologies, and services to integrate information, vehicles, and transportation infrastructure to increase mobility, safety and comfort, and reduce energy waste and pollution. Students will be engaged in activities ranging from data analysis, coding, and modeling to building and testing sensors and equipment on projects ranging from traffic and pedestrian simulations to emergency evacuations and traveler safety. All of the work conducted in the UrbanMITS lab uses real-world data and the solutions found will be used for real-world implementation by agencies and policy-makers.


Environmental Engineering and Water Treatment Laboratory 

Area of STEM Research: Engineering and Life Sciences 

Diagram of water bacteria and sunlight

Water and wastewater treatment are essential processes for protecting the health of people, wildlife, and the environment. Dr. Andrea Silverman's environmental engineering laboratory conducts research to better understand and design sustainable wastewater treatment systems. Students working in our lab will gain hands-on experience using environmental microbiological research methods while learning the fundamentals of water quality and treatment, disinfection of waterborne pathogens, and the design of natural wastewater treatment systems (e.g., treatment ponds and constructed wetlands).

Responsible Data Science Lab

Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/ Engineering

labeled research

Members of Professor Julia Stoyanovich's Responsible Data Science Lab, part of the Visualization and Data Analytics Research Center at NYU, work on incorporating ethical norms and legal requirements into all stages of the data science lifecycle.  Ongoing projects include developing ranking methods that produce fair, diverse, and stable results; explaining data and models with "nutritional labels"; negotiating the privacy / transparency interface with the help of privacy-preserving synthetic data generation mechanisms; and helping determine winners in elections in cases where votes are incomplete or uncertain. Students working in the lab will help develop tools and collect data related to our current projects.


Privacy and Security Automation Lab (PSAL)

Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/ Engineering

members of the lab

Professor Rachel Greenstadt's Privacy and Security Automation Lab (PSAL) conducts research at the intersection of the privacy and security domains with machine learning. Research topics include detecting the author of given samples of source code or binary files. In order to accomplish this goal, a list of candidate authors is used to train the machine learning algorithm. Based on their interests and preferences, ARISE students will collect datasets, and later analyze them to extract useful features. Other topics of PSAL research include understanding Tor users behavior on Wikipedia edits, and analyzing the privacy concerns of systems that detect mental illness of Twitter Users. 


Chunara Lab

Area of STEM Research: Computer Science/ Engineering

A dashboard illustrating physical activity tracker data across New York City. We crowdsource such data and then use it to answer relevant public health questions.Professor Rumi Chunara's laboratory works on population-level public health problems by using Internet and mobile data sources that capture aspects of our every-day lives. This includes data such as from social media, wearables, text messaging, smartphone reports and satellite imagery. Our research involves natural language processing, machine learning and deep learning to identify relevant features from such data, and then incorporating them into statistical models of disease over space and time. We work on many types of public health issues including predicting infectious disease events and measuring social and other risk factors that can also affect our health, like substance or even discrimination. 


Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications & Distributed Information Systems (CATT)
Areas of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science / Engineering

students holding up a laptop and circuits

Dr. Shivendra Panwar’s lab focuses on developing the next generation of Internet technologies. Research topics include wireless networks, telecommunications policy, video delivery over networks, network security, and more. Students work with research testbeds to implement large-scale network experiments and evaluate new applications, protocols, and ideas to make the Internet work better for everyone.


Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL)
Areas of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science / Engineering

robotic head with ears

Professor Juan Pablo Bello leads the music and sound informatics team of the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL), which focuses on endowing computers with listening skills, such as the ability to automatically recognize tonal, rhythmic, structural and emotional information from recorded music.  This allows computers to identify sound sources in urban and natural environments, and to characterize the similarities that exist between different musical pieces. Student researchers will contribute to building, testing, and deploying remote acoustic sensors for urban noise monitoring; developing tools for mapping bird migration; and writing software for analyzing music, environmental sounds, and animal vocalizations. 


Smart Energy Research (SEARCH)
Areas of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science / Engineering

map of lights across the US

Dr. Yury Dvorkin’s lab looks into engineering solutions that can intellectualize electricity delivery in the US and across the world. Practically, it means exploring available resources (or creating new ones!) to ensure clean, cheap, and reliable electricity production, transmission, distribution, and consumption. In his lab, he develops mathematical models and algorithms to simulate versatile processes underlying electricity delivery and assess the impact of smart grid technologies on these processes. Their motto is to keep the lights on (unless consumers want to switch them off)!


ECE Machine Learning Lab

Area of STEM Research: Computer and Data Science/ Engineering

makeshift car

Founded by Professor Anna Choromanska, the Machine Learning Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering aims to create a favorable work-space to drive innovation in the field of artificial intelligence. The members of the lab pursue research at the intersection of machine learning, deep learning, and robotics. In addition, several other faculties members inside and outside the department with specific interests in machine learning have collaborations on various projects at the lab. 

Some of the ongoing projects include generative modeling and sensor fusion for self driving vehicles, interpretability and visualization of deep learning models, multi-label classification to tag data with classes from extremely large sets of labels and designing optimization algorithms for fast and efficient training of deep learning models. 


Composite Materials and Mechanics Laboratory
Area of STEM Research: Engineering

student operating machinery Dr. Nikhil Gupta’s Composite Materials and Mechanics Lab will allow students to engage in several research projects related to hollow particle filled lightweight metal matrix composites for automotive applications. Automotive industry increasingly demands fuel-efficient and emission-reducing lightweight materials. The laboratory also works on hollow particle filled polymer matrix composite materials. Other projects are related to additive manufacturing of composite material components using state of the art 3D printers.


Mechatronics Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Engineering / Computer and Data Science

students in a lab

Dr. Vikram Kapila’s Mechatronics Lab will engage students in research on the use of mobile devices to produce intuitive and natural interfaces for human robot interaction. This research has applications for children and adults who may have cognitive or physical disabilities, and it can hasten the widespread adoption of robotics in society–in homes, grocery stores, museums, etc.


Applied Dynamics & Optimization Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Engineering / Computer and Data Science

students holding up a robot

Dr. Joo H. Kim’s Applied Dynamics and Optimization Laboratory studies multibody system dynamics, optimization theory and algorithms, motion planning, design, and control, with their applications to mechanical and biological systems. Specific fields of application include robotics, biomechanics, and their intersections. Current research focuses on locomotion, balance, manipulation, energetics, and optimization. Our research aims to bring together both mechanical and biological systems to establish new solutions and approaches for novel mechanical systems that have higher performance and efficiency and therefore consume less energy.


Dynamical Systems Lab
Areas of STEM Research: Engineering / Computer and Data Science

students in a lab conducting experiments

Dr. Maurizio Porfiri’s Dynamical Systems Lab focuses on marine robotics and autonomous systems. Among the research projects students may investigate are the energy harvesting capabilities of an active water mill; capturing the mechanical energy of ocean waves and converting it into electrical energy; visualizing the flow of water to predict flooding patterns and the movement of pollution/debris within the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn; conducting a parametric study to investigate the effects of different beam arrangements (the way we fix the motion of the beam), geometrical properties (such as thickness of the beam), and material properties (the beam stiffness) on the vibration characteristics of beams immersed in water; and, designing and fabricating a robotic-fish inspired by the Zebrafish.

Who Should Apply?

  • New York City residents who are completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2020.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Students who will attend the entire program, full time (approximately a 9 to 5 day, Monday-Friday, everyday), from June 29th, 2020 to August 14, 2020, and an orientation in late June or early July (date to be determined).
  • Responsible students who have demonstrated: an ability to make and fulfill commitments, timeliness and persistence.
  • Eligible applicants for this program must meet all the above criteria.
  • Check the Frequently Asked Questions section below if you still have questions after reading the Application Walkthrough.

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.

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.

two ARISE students

Before you apply:

  • Consider the Research Opportunities and the fields of interest.
  • Carefully review the Application Info section for instructions, tips, and a description of the multi-step application and selection process.
  • Check the Frequently Asked Questions section below if you still have questions after you read the instructions.
  • You must apply online, on the Application Form page. We cannot accept paper applications or emailed applications.
  • Do not begin the Application Form until you have gathered all the information and written the required essay as described in the Application Info section.

Important Dates and Information

  • Late November/early December 2019: Application period opens online for Summer 2020
  • March 1st, 2020 at 11:59PM: Student online applications due. The web form will close after 11:59PM March 1st.
  • March 6, 2020 at 5 PM: Recommender online responses due.
  • Week of March 30th, 2020: Notification of applicants invited to continue with the application process by attending lab tours and group interviews at the School of Engineering or College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Monday, April 20th, 2020 and Tuesday, April 21st, 2020: Lab tours and group interviews. These are mandatory for applicants to receive further consideration.  Students will attend one of these two, depending on their research interests. This will take place in the evenings, and please note both dates on schedules now. Due to space constraints, students can not bring family members.
  • On or around April 23rd, 2020: Notification of applicants invited to continue with lab interviews.
  • May 3rd, 2020: One afternoon of on-campus interviews with lab personnel and mentors. These are mandatory for applicants to receive further consideration regardless of family vacation schedules. Please note on schedules now. Due to space constraints, students cannot bring family members.
  • May 8th, 2020: Notification to selected applicants offered lab placements.  All other active applicants will be waitlisted. It is very likely that several waitlisted candidates will eventually be offered lab placements.
  • May 12th, 2020: Students offered placements must accept or decline the offer.
  • Orientation for accepted students is June 26th, 2020 starting at approximately 1:00 PM.
  • June 29th, 2020 to August 14th, 2020: ARISE runs full-time, 5 days per week (except July 4th). The final colloquium will be held on the last day, August 14th, 2020.

Good to know:

  • Students completing the entire program will receive a $500 stipend. Additional stipend may be available for certain students on an individual and demonstrated-need basis.
  • Approximately 48 placements are available for summer 2020.
  • 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.
  • Questions? Please read all instructions and program web pages.  For information not found on the website, please Email:
  • If you have submitted an application, please provide your Full Name with any inquiry and on the email subject line state: ARISE Application.
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Application Walkthrough

Before You apply: 

  • Review the ARISE application and instructions carefully.

  • Add 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 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: Friday June 26, 2020 starting at 1pm, lunch will be provided.
    • Program: June 29th to August 14th, 2020, 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 2020, 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 in to 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 1st, 2020. 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 6th, 2020.


Step 3: Lab Tours and Group Interviews


  • Invitations to selected applicants for Lab Tours and Group Interviews will be sent on March 30th, 2020.

  • Lab Tours will take place on April 20th and 21st in the evening

  • Students not selected will be placed on a waitlist.  Those students will receive notification on April 23rd. 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 2020.

students and faculty observing in a lab

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 2020.


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 Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 from about 2pm to 6pm at the NYU Tandon Brooklyn Campus.

  • 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 2020 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:

A: Yes, you can apply. There are no specific courses that are prerequisites for ARISE.

A: Yes, you can apply, as long as you meet the criteria (10th or 11th grade, live in NYC, etc.)

A: No, you must be in either 10th or 11th grade when you apply. No exceptions.

A: No, students must be in either 10th or 11th grade to apply. No exceptions.

A: No, you must be a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) in order to apply. No exceptions. Please check your home zip code if you are unsure.

A: No, you must be a resident of one of the five NYC boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island) in order to apply. No exceptions. Please check your home zip code if you are unsure.

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.

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.

A: The application form will only accept GPA and grades on a scale of 100. Please convert a 4 point GPA or grade to a scale of 100. You can refer to this guide for more information.

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.

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.

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.

A: No, the lab tours are one step in the application process.

A: No, the interviews are one step in the application process.

A: Yes, as long as you meet the other requirements (see main ARISE page), you can apply. No previous experience is necessary.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A: The ARISE program is completely free to participants. There are no application, registration, or participation fees. The Pinkerton Foundation, in addition to other funders, generously supports the ARISE program and other summer research programs in New York City.

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.

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.

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.

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 ( 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.

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.  

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Check the Frequently Asked Questions section or the Application Walkthrough if you still have questions after reading these instructions:

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 (week of April 20th, 2020), 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 3rd, 2020) 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 8th, 2020.

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

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

  • 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 ‘copy and paste’ it into the online application form. Do not submit your resume or CV.

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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 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
  • The deadline for online recommendations is March 6th, 2020 at 5 PM.
  • Questions regarding the application process that is not answered by the website, including the Frequently Asked Questions?
  • Contact us:
  • 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 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.

Application Form

Stop: have you read the instructions? If not, please check the Application Information 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.

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Note: If you need to convert a 4 point GPA to a scale of 100 please refer to this guide.

Applications are due by 11:59PM, Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Support Letter Individuals have until 5 PM Friday, March 6, 2020.