NYSTEM is New York Stateís publicly-funded program whose mission is to support stem cell research in the
state by providing grant opportunities for basic, applied, and translational research and development
activities related to stem cell biology. NYSTEMís other focus areas are scientific training, infrastructure
development, as well as ethical, legal, social issues and education.
Only New York State not-for-profit academic institutions, research institutes or medical centers can apply for
the NYSTEM grants, whereas their collaborators may be public, not-for-profit and for-profit entities within or
outside of New York State. So far, the awards have been issued for institutional development, shared equipment
and facilities, planning for consortia, investigator-initiated research, and research targeted to induced
pluripotent stem cells.
NYSTEM is directed by the Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB), chaired by the Commissioner of Health, whose
mission is to foster a strong stem cell research community in New York State and to accelerate the growth of
scientific knowledge about stem cell biology and the development of therapies and diagnostic methods under the
highest ethical, scientific, and medical standards. The ESSCBís Funding Committee oversees the solicitation,
review, and award of research grants and the Ethics Committee makes recommendations to the Funding Committee
with respect to scientific, medical and ethical standards related to stem cell research.
NYSTEM's main funding source is the Empire State Stem Cell Trust Fund, and is administered by the NYS Department of
Health's Wadsworth Center with input from the ESSCB. The Fund was seeded with $100 million in the state fiscal
year 2007-08 and the whole initiative is expected to provide $600 million over 11-years.
Visit the NYSTEM Web site at: www.nystem.org.
Through the generous support of the New York State Department of Health, Columbia University now offers a summer research
program to a select group of motivated undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity of hands-on stem cell
related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to
overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. Students work at Columbia University (either at the Morningside Heights
campus or at the Medical Center campus).
In order to be considered for the NYSTEM program you must working on a stem cell-related project. Professors whose laboratory
work relates to stem cells are denoted on the mentor page by an asterisk.
The NYSTEM Program is competitive, with awards based on grades, recommendations and career plans.
You may apply if you are a US citizen or permanent resident and currently a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior at a
four-year college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico or other US territory. If you are a Columbia University or Barnard
College undergraduate student and wish to be considered for the NYSTEM program, you should apply to the SURF program and
you will automatically be considered for both programs.
No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply. Students are expected to work
full-time for the duration of the program, so participation is not compatible with attending summer school, volenteering or working
at another job.
The NYSTEM Program runs for ten weeks, beginning the Tuesday after Memorial Day. The 2012 NYSTEM program will be
from Tuesday, May 29th to Friday, August 3rd, 2012. During the 10 weeks, students work full-time (about 40 hours/week) on
independent study projects under the guidance of a research scientist. Concurrently, each student is required to attend weekly meetings which
include stem cell-related lectures by faculty, oral presentations and
writing a research article. Additionally, each NYSTEM student will be required to speak at the NYSTEM Symposium at the end of the summer and perform an outreach activity such as presentation at an external conference or high school teaching module. Furthermore, Columbia and Barnard students are required
to present their work in poster format at a symposium, held the winter after the program.
Participants receive a stipend of $4000
and housing on the Morningside campus of Columbia University. Please be aware that you may be charged a Facilities Fee that is not covered by the NYSTEM program. In 2011, the fee was $442.
Applications are available until 5pm on February 1st.
For further information, please contact: Chanda Springer firstname.lastname@example.org
744 Mudd, 1210 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10012 Tel: 212-854-2262