Information for Yale Faculty and Researchers

In partnership with the New Haven, West Haven and Orange public school districts, Yale has committed to making our community a national leader in STEM education, with the objective of increasing the number of students from greater New Haven who attend college and complete a degree in a STEM field. The place to focus its efforts has been in its own backyard, where Yale is a key stakeholder and where its strong relationships with its neighbors have created a unique opportunity to build a model for inspiring the next generation of scientists. Yale University Pathways to Science is a coordinated data-driven approach to helping these students achieve success in science.

Guided by a steering committee of Yale University senior scientists , the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs coordinates STEM outreach and community contact and helps Yale faculty and researchers respond effectively to the NSF broader impacts criterion and other outreach requirements of federal funding agencies. A longitudinal database has been established that offers Yale scientists and program directors a way to look at student outcomes from pre-college student participation in multiple STEM activities through college completion and to measure the impact of the programs on the students that they serve. Area school districts provide both academic and demographic data as well as college attendance data from the National Student Clearinghouse twice per year.

PATHWAYS STUDENTS DEMOGRAPHICS

There are currently over 1200 Pathways to Science middle and high school students in our target group. Demographically, this group mirrors the school districts they come from; the majority are minority students and eligible for free or reduced price lunch. 

  • 57% Female
  • 43% Male
  • 14% Asian
  • 28% Black
  • 24% Hispanic
  • 1% Other
  • 34% White
  • 63% Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch
  • 46% Will Be First in Family to Complete College

HOW THE PATHWAYS TO SCIENCE STAFF CAN SERVE YOU

  • Assist you with new project ideas for your proposal
  • Connect you to existing programs where your outreach can provide important new content and opportunities for students
  • Connect you to other Yale and community organizations
  • Assist with the preparation of the outreach component of your proposal including developing a budget
  • Provide student data for your project evaluation
  • Provide the necessary letters of support

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Maria E. Parente, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Community Programs in Science
203-436-4677
maria.parente@yale.edu

YALE PATHWAYS TO SCIENCE STEERING COMMITTEE

Steve Girvin, Committee ChairDeputy Provost for Science & Technology

John Alvaro, Director of Postdoctoral Affairs

Charles Ahn, Professor & Chair of Applied Physics

Bob Burger, Associate Dean of Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Ingrid C. Burke, Dean of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Jennifer FrederickExecutive Director of the Yale Center for Teaching & Learning

Tamar GendlerDean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Kara Haas, Assistant Director for Federal Relations

Mary Hu​, Associate Dean for Communications, Yale School of Medicine

Claudia Merson, Director of Public School Partnerships

Maria Parente, Coordinator for Community Programs in Science

David Skelly, Director of the Peabody Museum

Scott StrobelVice President for West Campus Planning & Program Development

Paul Tipton, Physics Professor

Vincent Wilczynski, Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Robert Wyman, Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Kurt Zilm, Professor of Chemistry

Julie ZimmermanProfessor of Environmental Engineering and Forestry & Environmental Studies

Lauren Zucker, Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I really liked SCHOLAR because people from different fields of science came in and spoke about what they have done to contribute to the huge spectrum of sciences, medicine, health, etc.  My favorite speaker was Professor Marvin Chun. His presentation of psychology was engaging, interesting, and kept my focus the whole entire time. He got the audience involved just as he explained findings and observations in people. I’m considering several of the topics as my future career…”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is about much more that facts, figures, laws and equations. It’s a unique and powerful way of looking at the world we live in; one that helps us find real answers and tries to ensure that we are not fooling ourselves. It’s about values like respect for good evidence, over opinion or anecdote; it’s a state of mind that makes you criticize your own ideas - test them in a way that you think might break them. It’s about respecting the answers that nature gives to questions carefully asked.” 

Adrian Gaylard

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I liked all of the Pathways to Science events, but the one that stands out the most was Pathways to Engineering. It was cool to see the engineering department at Yale and to see the demonstrations. I want to be an engineer, so being able to talk to Yale engineers about their work was amazing. Seeing their labs and how they work was also great. I had never been in a real lab before.   I learned a lot about nanotechnology and some possible careers, too.”

New Haven Student
Barnard Environmental Studies School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has enhanced my interests in the sciences and has helped me to understand science in a way school hasn’t. I always learn something new when I go to a Pathways event.”

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has taught me firsthand how scientists work. I had never really known what it was like to be a scientist. “

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs: 

“Pathways to Science has helped me learn more about the field I want to pursue, neurology, and about scientific topics that interest me. It has also provided me my first glimpse of botany.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Getting Chemistry lessons in SCHOLAR last year was a HUGE advantage for my junior year. I’m glad I got that preparation.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“SCHOLAR has made me feel more confident about myself when speaking and performing publicly. It has also made me more eager to face challenges in school and in life.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I’ve connected to a bunch of adults during the SCHOLAR program. They’ve showed me that you’re always good in something, even when you don’t think you are. If you put your mind to it, you’ll achieve it.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“After participating in SCHOLAR, I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I feel like I get along better with people now. It influenced my educational views because now I feel like I have a duty to myself to try harder in school. For my future, I want to try even harder to achieve my dreams to pursue a science career.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I like many of the Pathways to Science Events! The Peabody Museum was really interesting. I really loved that we got to go where normal tours can’t go and look at dinosaur bones and birds too. I think it’s amazing that we got to learn history through them.” 

New Haven Student
James Hillhouse High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach:

“I like attending many Pathways to Science Events. The Planetarium/Observatory was great! I really love learning about how our solar system was created and all the different types of stars and constellations we have. The best part was watching the movie inside. I felt like I was really going through space. It blew my mind!”

New Haven Student
Wilbur Cross High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is not enough on its own, it also requires a large measure of creativity. Add ingenuity and you are in the realm of engineering.”

David M. Howard

Why is Science Important?

“Since knowledge leads to power, science also allows us to shape and influence our environment, and as such is at the root of todays global society”  

Jon Butterworth
Professor of Physics at University College London

Why is Science Important? 

“Without science, we’re as lost and scared as a Homo Erectus in a thunderstorm.” 

Mark Lewney
Musician and Science Presenter

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“The EVOLUTIONS Program was the greatest help with my college career. My greatest experience with the program was getting an internship in a Yale lab. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me skills and work ethics that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Few people even get the opportunity and I was glad to be one of them.” 

New Haven High School Student
Sound School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being a part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program has enabled me to do a ton of things that you normally wouldn’t do in a regular high school setting. With this program they really help you find out who you are as person and what your really capable of doing. And that’s something I believe everyone should experience before they head into a world that is bigger than what they imagine to be.” 

New Haven Student
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being involved in internships through the Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Program has been a privilege and the highlight of my high school education.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is more than just the hard subject at school that preoccupied the smart kids. It is a way of thinking about our world that can lead to changing it for the better.” 

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey

Why is Science Important?

“Scientists pursue questions of how things work that range from the sub-atomic particle zipping through my coffee cup, to the metaphysics of baboons to the origin of ice-covered mountain ranges. Often the motivation is curiosity but the net result is expanding our collective knowledge and understanding. This process based knowledge and understanding is crucial to the long-term survival of our species as a society.” 

Robin Bell
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a window to the future of humanity.”

Andy Miah
University of the West of Scotland

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a powerful expression of two of the defining qualities of humans - creativity and curiosity; especially when creativity and curiosity are used to explore, and try to make sense of, our place in the universe.” 

Ray Mathias

Why is Science Important?

“While what IS (truth) will not lead us to find any better what OUGHT we do (choices), yet what IS will definitely guide not only what needs to be done, but also how to realistically achieve it. Thus, the importance of Science in leading us to Truth.” 

Sandeep Gautam

Why is Science Important? 

“Science is important because, just as much as literature, or art, or music, it teaches us to be human. It’s part of us, part of who we are.” 

Richard P. Grant
Molecular Cell Biochemist

Why is Science Important? 

“Truth is better than illusion, and science has found ways to find out how the universe works, how we can interact with it, and what is likely to happen next.” 

Dr. Susan Blackmore
Freelance writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster,

Why Science is Important? 

“Science is important because it satisfies our curiosity about the world we live in. Amazing new technologies often result from science, but that shouldn’t be why we do science. We do science for the same reason Columbus set sail in search of new lands, for the same reason Tenzing and Hillary climbed to the top of Everest: curiosity” 

Jacob Aron
Mathematician and Science Writer