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New York City Research Initiative

Future Opportunities

Opportunities for high school and undergraduate students to participate as interns in NASA GISS research during summer subsequent to the end of the NYCRI program are currently being offered through the new Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI). To learn more, please visit the CCRI website.

Announcement of opportunities to participate in the CCRI summer program are made in early to mid winter, and the deadline for applications is in early spring. Applications to participate in the CCRI program must be made through the NASA Intern One Stop Shopping Initiative website. Please go to the OSSI website and select "Goddard Institute for Space Studies" in the opportunity search form.

Further Information

If you have questions about the New York City Research Initiative that are not answered on this website, please contact Mr. Matthew Pearce.

Other NASA Internships

Please visit the NASA Intern One Stop Shopping Initiative website to learn about other opportunities that NASA offers for student internships at its facilities around the United States. Internships may be available for autumn, spring, summer, and year-round learning.

About the NYCRI

The New York City Research Initiative (NYCRI) was a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators, college students, and high school students in the New York City area to work directly with scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and at nearby colleges and universities. NYCRI ended following the 2015 summer program and has been succeeded Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI). Information about the research performed may be obtained by viewing the presentation posters and slides prepared by research teams at the end of each year's NYCRI summer research program.

During the summer research institute component of NYCRI, teams of high school and undergraduate students and faculty worked along side graduate students and the principal investigators (lead scientists) of NASA-funded research projects at universities within a 50-mile radius of New York City (NY, NJ and CT); or at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) under the mentorship of a GISS scientist. Summer enrichment experiences included content and research seminars, visits to various research laboratories and informal education institutions, participation in local and national research summits and a final research summit with participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

University Research Laboratories

During the academic year component, NYCRI high school and college faculty formulated and implemented NASA research based learning units in existing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at their institutions. NASA, NSF and university partners offered content, research and teacher preparation/enhancement seminars. Informal education seminars were provided by institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Wildlife Conservatory Society (WCS) at the Bronx Zoological Park, and Brookhaven National Laboratories and various other science centers, as well as by NASA Aerospace and other Education Specialists.

Existing NASA, NSF and NYCRI partner university programs provided student and faculty research stipends.

Partnerships included: NASA (lead), NSF, New York City and New York Sate Departments of Education, 10 colleges/universities, and various informal education institutions. Principal Investigator: Dr. Leon Johnson, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; NASA Education Specialist: Matthew Pearce,

Research Summit
2012 NYCRI Research Summit 1 2012 NYCRI Research Summit 2
2012 NYCRI Poster Presentations
Summit 2012 03 Summit 2012 04
2012 NASA/CUNY Research Summit

The NYCRI program met each of the six exemplary criteria for NASA Education Programs — Customer Focused, NASA Content, Pipeline, Diversity, Evaluation, and Partnerships & Sustainability. The program took a concrete step in implementing the STEM Pipeline/Pathway concept, by providing research experiences from high school, to undergraduate and graduate fellowships supported by NASA, NSF, and NYCRI partner university NASA PIs; which ultimately will help increase the highly skilled NASA workforce.