Program Details and Goals

The High School Science Research Pathways (HSSRP) program prepares high school teachers to launch, lead, and expand a program that supports students’ original science research.

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. Trainings, communications, and unique-to-HSSRP special events foster connections between HSSRP schools and research institutions within the New York City area, and an optional partnership with Syracuse University gives students the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful completion of science research coursework and projects.

Teachers in their first year of the HSSRP program attend training focused on building students’ capacity in the fundamentals of science research, and to develop 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 seeks to start or expand a science research program may apply. Applicants 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 six scheduled PD days between November 2019 and March 2020. For more information, click here to download the program FAQ. HSSRP 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 Friday, August 9 (priority deadline) and Thursday, September 26, 2019 (final deadline).

Applicants must submit a letter of support from their school principal stating that s/he is aware of the time commitment necessary for participation, and is committed to building out a science research program, including a full-year elective research course for students in the subsequent school year. Download the Principal Letter of Support, have the principal sign it, and email a scanned copy or digital photo to  CitywideScience@schools.nyc.gov by Monday, August 12 (priority deadline) or Friday, September 27, 2019 (final deadline).

Timeline 2019-2020:
Friday, August 9: Priority Application Deadline
Monday, August 12: Priority Principal Application Deadline
Friday, September 27: Final Application Deadline and Principal Letter Deadline
November 1, 14; December 3: Fall Science Research Institute: Introduction to Science Research and Working with Primary Literature
January 22, February 12, and March 12: Winter Science Research Course Preparation Institute: Building a Multi-Year Science Research Program
March 2020: HSSRP Teachers Judge at Preliminary Rounds of NYC Science and Engineering Fair
Spring 2020: Individual schools plan and program science research course for 2020-21
June 3, 2020: HSSRP Research Symposium
Summer 2020: Teachers may participate in optional Project Advance training at Syracuse University

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* 1. First Name:

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* 2. Last Name:

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* 3. Preferred Email Address for Receiving Communication:

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* 4. NYCDOE (@schools.nyc.gov) Email Address:

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* 5. Your Contact Phone Number:

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* 6. File Number (aka EIS ID; e.g. "0956898"):

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* 7. Number of Years of Total Teaching Experience:

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* 8. School Name:

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* 9. School DBN (six-character district-borough-number code, e.g. "01M155"):

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* 10. Your Principal's First and Last Name:

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* 11. Your Principal's Email Address:

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* 12. Are you a tenured teacher as of September 2019?

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* 13. How many years have you taught science in a high school setting?

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

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* 15. Science/STEM subjects you are teaching in 2019-20 (check all that apply):

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* 16. Briefly list and describe any leadership roles (e.g. Teacher Leader, Model Teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal, Club Advisor or Coach, Mentor Teacher, etc.) that you have held in your school community in 2017-18, 2018-19, or 2019-20.

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* 17. 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 searching for, reading, reviewing, or authoring scientific research articles.

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* 18. 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 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, and a description of how you will work with each of these colleagues to support the program 
c) How this program would build on other successes that your school has achieved to support your school in meeting its instructional goals?

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* 19. Please draft a 1-2 paragraph email to your school’s administration in which you share your plans for launching an Science Research club or elective course in the winter and spring of 2019-20. In your email, make sure to outline:
a) Club or course logistics, including meeting location and time, activities and timeline
b) Strategies for recruiting students and engaging parents.
c) 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.
d) Any supports or resources you will need from your school’s administration to make your club a success.

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* 20. What kind of support and assistance* you and your students need from your school community and from the HSSRP program team 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 or expanding 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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* 21. Please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses for two members of your school community whom you will work with to launch the High School Science Research Pathways Program at your school (ideally, one administrator and one teacher who could potentially apply to the program in 2020-21) and who can serve as references for your and your school’s candidacy.

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* 22. How did you hear about the High School Science Research Pathways program? (Check all that apply):

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* 23. Do you have any other questions about the HSSRP program at this point in time?

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