2018-19 High School Science Research Pathways Program Application

The HSSRP program supports teachers and schools to build robust science research programs through which students can design and carry out independent investigations that may lead to participation in local and international research symposia and competitions. An optional partnership with Syracuse University gives students the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful completion of science research coursework. Finally, trainings, communications, and special events foster connections between HSSRP schools and research institutions within the New York City area.

Program goals include:
- Increase participating teachers’ and schools’ STEM instructional capacity through long-term science investigation projects and science research programs.
- Expose students to the challenges and rewards of long-term, independent research projects.
- Expand participating teachers’ and students’ involvement within the NYC scientific community. 
 
Teachers in their first year of the HSSRP program attend training focused on leading a science research club to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific research, and developing a multi-year science research elective course for 10th-12th grade students that will begin in the following school year.

Any teacher or librarian from a NYCDOE high school that does not presently have a fully-staffed science research program may apply. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application materials, and their administration’s commitment to having a science research program in their school, and may also be asked to participate in a brief interview and selection exercise that simulates the kind of work that they will be doing as an HSSRP participant. Participants must attend all scheduled PD days, which will occur between November 2018 and March 2019. For more information, click here to download the program FAQ.

The HSSRP program welcomes applications from schools that are new to the program, as well as from teachers who are applying to help expand the program at a school already participating in HSSRP. Applications are due Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Acknowledgment and Support from their school principal stating that s/he is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation, supports having a Science Research After-School Club in the school, and is committed to launching a full-year elective research course in the subsequent school year. Download the Principal Letter of Acknowledgment and Support, have the principal sign it, and email a scanned copy or digital photo to CitywideScience@schools.nyc.gov with the subject line High School Science Research Pathways Principal Letter of Support by Friday, September 28, 2018.

Timeline 2018-2019
Thursday, September 27: Teacher Application Deadline
Friday, September 28: Principal Letter of Support Submission Deadline
Tuesday, October 23: HSSRP Decisions sent out
Friday, November 2
Tuesday, November 13
Tuesday, December 4: Fall Science Research Club Institute PD Days
December 2018 to June 2019: Science Research Clubs meet on a weekly basis
Friday, January 25
Wednesday, February 13
Tuesday, March 12: Winter Science Research Course Preparation Institute
Spring 2019: Schools develop programming for 2019-20 science research course
June 2019: Students present their research at the HSSRP Research Symposium
Summer 2019: Optional summer PD at Syracuse

Please enter the following information about your school:

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* 1. Please enter the following information about your school:

Please provide the following information about yourself:

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* 2. Please provide the following information about yourself:

Do you have a Master's Degree?

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* 3. Do you have a Master's Degree?

Science/STEM subjects you are currently teaching (select all that apply):

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* 5. Science/STEM subjects you are currently teaching (select all that apply):

Do you have experience in teaching science any of settings listed below?

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* 6. Do you have experience in teaching science any of settings listed below?

If you indicated that you have non-high school teaching experience in the prior question, briefly describe that teaching experience, including what topics you taught, and what kind of student population(s) you worked with.

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* 7. If you indicated that you have non-high school teaching experience in the prior question, briefly describe that teaching experience, including what topics you taught, and what kind of student population(s) you worked with.

What leadership roles have you held in your school in the past 2-3 years? Please click all that apply:

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* 8. What leadership roles have you held in your school in the past 2-3 years? Please click all that apply:

In 1-2 paragraphs, please describe your prior experience in scientific research, including any laboratory, field, or clinical research experiences that you have had in your career or as a student, and any work that you have done in reading, reviewing, or authoring scientific research articles.

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* 9. In 1-2 paragraphs, please describe your prior experience in scientific research, including any laboratory, field, or clinical research experiences that you have had in your career or as a student, and any work that you have done in reading, reviewing, or authoring scientific research articles.

Have you taught a science research course at the high school or college level?

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* 10. Have you taught a science research course at the high school or college level?

Why is your school well-positioned to launch a long-term science research program? In your response, please make sure to describe:
a)  your school’s internal capabilities and resources that can be leveraged to successfully implement this new program

b) specific colleagues and administrators in your building who will play key roles to launch and expand the High School Science Research Pathways program over the next 2-3 school years

b)  how this program would build on prior initiatives or successes to help your school to meet its instructional goals.

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* 11. Why is your school well-positioned to launch a long-term science research program? In your response, please make sure to describe:
a)  your school’s internal capabilities and resources that can be leveraged to successfully implement this new program

b) specific colleagues and administrators in your building who will play key roles to launch and expand the High School Science Research Pathways program over the next 2-3 school years

b)  how this program would build on prior initiatives or successes to help your school to meet its instructional goals.

Please draft a 1-2 paragraph email to your school’s administration in which you share your plans for launching an After-School Science Research Club in the winter and spring of 2019. In your email, make sure to outline:

· Club logistics, including meeting location and time, club activities and timeline

· Strategies for recruiting students and engaging parents.

· An overview of how you will work with students to help them successfully manage a 4-5-month research project from initial topic selection to presentation of a comprehensive literature review

· Any supports or resources you will need from your school’s administration to make your club a success.

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* 12. Please draft a 1-2 paragraph email to your school’s administration in which you share your plans for launching an After-School Science Research Club in the winter and spring of 2019. In your email, make sure to outline:

· Club logistics, including meeting location and time, club activities and timeline

· Strategies for recruiting students and engaging parents.

· An overview of how you will work with students to help them successfully manage a 4-5-month research project from initial topic selection to presentation of a comprehensive literature review

· Any supports or resources you will need from your school’s administration to make your club a success.

Please describe any additional supports* you and your students may need to successfully participate in the High School Science Research Pathways program. These may include resources, programmatic support, operational support, etc.

*Needing supports will not render your application less competitive; we simply want to see what gaps or areas of need you have identified as you consider launching a program in your school. Please note that supports provided by our team do not include financial support or laboratory supplies.

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* 13. Please describe any additional supports* you and your students may need to successfully participate in the High School Science Research Pathways program. These may include resources, programmatic support, operational support, etc.

*Needing supports will not render your application less competitive; we simply want to see what gaps or areas of need you have identified as you consider launching a program in your school. Please note that supports provided by our team do not include financial support or laboratory supplies.

How did you hear about the High School Science Research Pathways program? Please select all that apply

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* 14. How did you hear about the High School Science Research Pathways program? Please select all that apply

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