The Scientist-in-Residence program (SiR) matches scientists with New York City public school teachers to bring scientific inquiry to life in the classroom. As a Scientist, you will be supporting the professional development of a New York City science teacher, expanding their capacity to implement STEM projects, and inspiring the students to engage in STEM. Through this experience, you will be able to build your pedagogical and leadership skills and explore science teaching as a potential career.
SiR aims to support the New York Academy of Sciences’ broader goal of increasing the number and diversity of students in the STEM pipeline and to inspire and prepare the next generation of STEM innovators.
Scientists and Teachers are matched based on the following criteria:
- Scientist’s Area of Expertise
- Teacher’s Proposed Project Idea
- School Proximity to the Scientist
We do our best to ensure the schools are accessible via public transportation and the one-way commute for the Scientists does not exceed 60 minutes.
Meetings & Events
Orientations and planning sessions will be held virtually until December, after which we will begin to transition to in-person events.
Participants are required to attend the following:
- August 26-27: Two-day Summer Institute (all participants; virtual)
- Late October: Fall planning session (date TBD; virtual)
- Late January: Winter planning session (date TBD; in person at the New York Academy of Sciences)
- Late April: Student Showcase (date TBD; in person at the New York Academy of Sciences)
Please note that this schedule is subject to change.
During the Summer Institute, each SiR teacher/scientist pair will establish a school visit schedule. Scientists are expected to provide at least 10 sessions of class instruction over the course of the school year (from September to April).
The majority of time dedicated to the project occurs during the school day (from 8AM to 3PM). However, occasional afterschool time or weekends may be scheduled for planning and reporting.
Specific responsibilities will differ based on the circumstances of each teacher and classroom. At a minimum, Host Teachers will collaborate with their partner Scientist to plan and implement the project and prepare the students prior to the scientist’s visits. Host Teachers should also ensure that the project and related activities are aligned with STEM learning standards and provide support in classroom management and content delivery.
Check-ins and Reporting
Participants will check in regularly with the Program Manager regarding the progress of project planning and implementation.
Reimbursement & Compensation
- Project Supplies: Each SiR team has a budget of $300 for their project materials.
- Stipend: Upon completion of the program, each Scientist and Teacher will receive a $500 stipend.
- Travel Reimbursement: The Academy offers up to $100 in travel reimbursement for Scientists.
Please note that while SiR will continue to operate virtually until the end of December 2021, participants will be asked to return to in-person activities beginning in January 2022. Therefore, applicants must be located (or willing to travel) within the New York City metro area to be considered for the program.