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Congratulations to all our 2013 summer researchers for another successful year with the New York City Research Initiative (NYCRI)! The NYCRI is sponsored by the NASA Education Office.
NYCRI Applications
If you are a student or faculty member and are interested in applying for a NYCRI research internship, please
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Long time NYCRI scholar Crae Sosa has been featured on NASA's Education site: "Unlikely Chemical Engineer"
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Institutional Research Partners

The City University of New York
Other University Partners

Related NASA Websites

NASA Portal
NASA Education Homepage
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
NASA University Programs
NASA Minority Programs

Informal Education Partners

American Museum of Natural History
Hayden Planetarium
Brookhaven National Laboratories
Wildlife Conservatory Society at the Bronx Zoological Park

NYCRI Sponsors

NASA Education Office
NASA Science Directorate
New Jersey Space Grant Consortium
Connecticut Space Grant Consortium
New York Space Grant Consortium
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
About The NYCRI
  • Summer Research Institute Component - Teams of high school and undergraduate students and faculty work 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 Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) under the mentorship of a GISS scientist. Summer enrichment experiences include content and research seminars, team oral research reports, 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

  • Academic Year Component - NYCRI high school and college faculty formulate and implement NASA research based learning units in existing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. NASA, NSF and university partners offer content, research and teacher preparation/enhancement seminars. Informal education seminars are 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 Science Centers, as well as by NASA Aerospace and other Education Specialists.
  • Existing NASA, NSF and NYCRI partner university programs provide student and faculty research stipends.
  • Partnerships include NASA (lead), NSF, New York City and New York Sate Departments of Education, 10 colleges/universities, and various informal education institutions. The City University of New York (CUNY) serves as the NYCRI lead institution (Principal Investigator: Dr. Leon Johnson, Medgar Evers College, CUNY,; NASA Technical Officer: Dr. Frank Scalzo,
  • Research Summit
    2012 NYCRI Research Summit 1                           2012 NYCRI Research Summit 2
    2012 NYCRI Poster Presentations

  • Linkage to NASA Education criteria for exemplary programs: - The NYCRI program meets each of the six exemplary criteria for NASA Education Programs - Customer Focused, NASA Content, Pipeline, Diversity, Evaluation, and Partnerships & Sustainability. This program takes 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.