How to Apply
If you are a Columbia University or Barnard College undergraduate student
and wish to be considered for the NYSTEM program, you should apply
SURF program and you will automatically be considered for both programs
(unless you specify otherwise).
If you are an external undergraduate student and wish to be considered for
the NYSTEM program, you should apply to the Amgen Scholars Program, and you will automatically be considered for the NYSTEM program.
The application will ask you to briefly describe your laboratory experience, career plans,
and why you wish to participate in the program.
You should ask two people to write you letters of recommendation addressing your
suitability for this fellowship. Specify their names and email addresses on the
application form and they will receive instructions via email. Be sure to notify
them before you fill in their e-mail address. All recommendations must be emailed
through the application website by 5pm on February 1st, 2012. Be sure to submit
your application with ample time for the people writing your recommendations to
email them by February 1st.
Arrange to have an official transcript mailed to:
Dr. Alice Heicklen
744 B Mudd Building, MC2454
1212 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Acceptance into the NYSTEM program requires that you:
- Work in the designated lab for 10 weeks following Memorial Day
- Check your email regularly
- Not have participated in NYSTEM program previously
- Adhere to the NYSTEM Program/Columbia University Code of Conduct
- Not work, volunteer, or study anywhere else during the term of the Program
- Live in housing provided by the Columbia University NYSTEM Program
- Attend weekly meetings
- Present your research during a weekly meeting
- Attend the Stem Cell Symposium
- Write a research paper summarizing your findings
- Notify us of any published articles on which your name appears that concern research you performed during the NYSTEM Program
- Not have a bachelor's degree
- Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Unfortunately, we receive many more applications than we have fellowships available.
If you submit an application but are not accepted into the program, you may submit
an application in future years.