Academics & Mentoring

  • Academic Yale University College Courses

    Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors can enroll in Yale academic courses. Participating students receive a full scholarship covering tuition costs. The program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience a collegiate academic setting and earn credits which may then be transferred to the college of their choice following high school graduation. 

    For more information, click HERE

  • Bulldog Buddies

    This mentor program matches Yale student-athletes with students from the Augusta Lewis Troup School. Mentors visit the school weekly to play games, help with homework and read books. In February, as one of many special events, students and mentors are invited to attend a Yale Men’s Basketball game in Payne Whitney Gym. 

  • Bulldog PAWS

    Bulldog Paws (Pediatrics Alliance with Student-Athletes) pairs Yale athletic teams with pediatric patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Various teams adopt a child as a new teammate and develop a bond of mutual support and friendship between the child and the team. The following teams are currently involved in Bulldog Paws: Women’s Ice Hockey, Softball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball, Football, Women’s Swimming and Diving, and Gymnastics. 

  • Cancer Research Opportunities For Youth

    Cancer Research Opportunities for Youth (CROY) provides New Haven Pathways to Science high school students with hands-on experience, mentoring, and collaboration within the cancer research pipeline. These laboratory internships embed students within research teams engaged in all aspects of cancer research including immunology, prevention and control, genetics and epigenetics, radiobiology and radiotherapy, developmental therapeutics, and more. 

  • Chemistry Education Group

    The Chemistry Education Group (CEG) is a Yale graduate student-led organization aimed at promoting an effective culture of teaching on campus. CEG provides pedagogical resources and opportunities to Yale students for use in their classes and future careers. CEG educational outreach activities include Chemistry Days, where high school students explore organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry through hands-on laboratory experiments.

  • Code Haven

    Code Haven is an undergraduate student organization at Yale University dedicated to introducing students to computer science starting at a young age. Every week, Yale students teach computing lessons at five schools in the New Haven district, engaging middle school students with online lessons, group activities, and class-wide demonstrations. codehavenyale.com

  • Code Haven TeachTech

    TeachTech is Code Haven’s one-day conference for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating computer science curriculum into their classrooms. Teachers learn about computer science fundamentals, how to demonstrate these concepts to students in an engaging way, and basic software that they can implement in their classrooms to make CS more appealing to students. 

    codehavenyale.com/join-teachers

  • CT Seed

    Hosted by Graduate Student Women Engineers, Connecticut Students Exploring Engineering Day (CT SEED) is an introduction to engineering for students from across Connecticut. Middle school students are invited to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on engineering activities and panel discussions on what it’s like to be an engineer. Parents are also invited to join for an information session on encouraging their middle school students to pursue STEM careers.

  • Design for America

    Design for America (DFA) is a national organization with chapters in universities throughout the country. DFA Yale is a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students who use design to change lives in ways both big and small. The group focuses on teaching design thinking through hands-on projects that aim to improve the New Haven community. DFA also holds workshops for local students focused on human-centered design, where they work in groups to design and build product prototypes. 

    dfayale.com

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    The program exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a research scientist, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, a total of over 260 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the Program. Several interns have presented their research at science fairs and approximately 20% of student interns have published their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

    For more information, visit the Discovery to Cure website

  • Graduate Student Women Engineers

    GradSWE at Yale is part of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization committed to promoting women in engineering. Together with Pathways to Science, GradSWE runs numerous Engineering Days for middle and high school students throughout the year. The goal of Engineering Day is to show attendees that learning a new skill to a level that lets them build a real robot or conduct a true scientific experiment does not need to be intimidating. You do not need to be a physician to start tinkering with medical devices nor do you need to be a programmer to automate a small task in your daily life. Past projects include programming a self-watering garden and building an air quality monitor. 

    engineeringday.com

  • NEWT High School Laboratory Internships

    The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) invites Yale Pathways high school juniors to work in their laboratories for a six-week intensive summer research internship. Students work directly with graduate students and faculty on projects related to the production of clean water technologies.

  • Open Yale Courses

    Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. The available courses are accessible here

  • Pathways Catalyzing a Sustainable Future @ The Yale Energy Sciences Institute

    Pathways high school students are invited to the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus to tour its state-of-the-art laboratories and learn how science can solve contemporary energy challenges. Students see how to make lithium batteries, how to change carbon dioxide into useful fuels, view nanocrystals through an electron microscope, and more.

  • Pathways Discover Chemistry Day

    At Discover Chemistry Day, Pathways high school students take part in hands-on chemistry experiments, including experimentation with a gas chromatographer, chemical separation of caffeine from tea, simulations of receptor binding molecules that give rise to our sense of smell, and more. This annual event is hosted by the Department of Chemistry and the graduate student-led Chemistry Education Group.

  • Pathways Environmental Café

    The Environmental Café brings Pathways high school students to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to listen to short talks about new and exciting work in the department. Graduate students from FES also provide hands-on workshops related to the café talks. Previous topics include how scientists use X-rays to study plant evolution, how to 3D print a flower, and how drones are used in forest management. Students are also invited to attend the annual School of Forestry & Environmental Research Day.

  • Pathways Exploring the Intersection of Physics, Engineering, & Biology

    An annual event for Pathways middle school students, Exploring the Intersection of Physics, Engineering, & Biology allows students to interact with Yale scientists working at the intersection of these fields. Students learned how to build a balloon powered car and watched demonstrations such as “Fluorescence: Glowing in Science” and “Viewing the Nanoscopic World.”

  • Pathways Ophthalmology Day

    Aimed at increasing interest in ophthalmology, Pathways students are invited for a full day of hands-on learning about the eye. Students travel into the eye using virtual reality devices, are trained on slit lamp machines, and try their hand at cow eye dissection. This event is hosted by the Yale Department of Ophthalmology and the Yale League of Black Scientists.

  • Pathways Play Cafés

    Hosted by the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and the play2PREVENT Lab, Pathways middle and high school students are invited to explore how video games can be used to change the way people think and act. Students learn how games are created, why they are important, and how doctors, mathematicians, and scientists use them for their jobs. Students also play games created by the play2PREVENT lab. 

    play2prevent.org

  • Pathways Reproductive Physiology Day

    Pathways high school students are invited to discover the science of reproduction with Yale Medical School Faculty. Students use microscopes to identify different cells of the reproductive tract, as well as learn the differences between human and other mammalian reproduction.

  • Pathways Summer Scholars Program

    The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 high school students from New Haven, West Haven, and Amity Public Schools to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. The goal is to prepare motivated and academically promising students for success in college and to strengthen their ability to pursue science majors and careers. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college prep enrichment activities. The curriculum is designed by Yale University faculty, graduate, and professional students, and teachers from local public schools. Yale students serve a vital role as teaching assistants and mentors. 

    pathwayssummerscholars.yale.edu

  • Pathways to Science Festival @ West Campus

    Pathways middle and high school students are invited to this annual festival at Yale West Campus for a full day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, student panels, science exploration games, and tours of the stateof-the-art West Campus facilities. The event invites 150 Pathways students to explore Yale West Campus with the guidance of over 50 Yale scientists and students. Past themes for the festival include “Microbes - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” and “Colors & Dyes in Science.”

  • Play2Prevent Lab - ForAGirl Program

    Part of the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games at the Yale School of Medicine, play2PREVENT focuses on the use of videogame play for the purposes of health promotion, risk reduction, social good, and educational interventions. ForAGirl engages female Pathways high school students in a two-week, summer research training in developing effective videogame interventions that target improving areas in which girls and women are disproportionately impacted. Female Yale faculty members provide guidance and mentorship. 

    play2prevent.org/about-us/foragirl-program

  • Research Experience For High School Students (REHS)

    The CRISP (Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena) High School Research Fellowship provides rising high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials science research. Participating students conduct a four-week research project as members of a research team that also includes university faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. 

    https://crisp.yale.edu/education/research-experience-high-school-students-rehs

  • Splash at Yale

    Splash at Yale is a biannual event that brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students. In past programs, exciting classes ranged from Introduction to Improv Comedy to Elementary Particle Physics, from Kafka and Monty Python to Graph Theory.

    Visit the Splash website for more information and to register.

  • Squash Haven

    Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction, and high school and college placement to 100 New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school. Through intensive tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale University, Squash Haven supports team members to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling summer and academic opportunities. 

    For more information, visit the Squash Haven website

  • STEM Mentors

    Stem Mentors is a graduate student organization that aims to promote interest among female and underrepresented students in pursuing STEM careers. STEM Mentors connects students with college and graduate students at Yale pursuing STEM majors to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.

  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences

    The YCAS Young Scholars program brings together a collaborative group of eight to ten high school students primarily from the greater New Haven area. For two weeks in the summer, students participate in an intensive introduction to biostatistics, learn the statistical modeling program R, and explore aspects of public health. Young Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery through lab tours, critical thinking and problem-solving, lunch lectures, and faculty-led programming sessions. 

    publichealth.yale.edu/ycas/training/young_ scholars/index.aspx

  • Yale Latino Network Group STEM Workshop

    The Yale Latino Network Group seeks to strengthen the professional and social relationships between Latino employees, the university, and the outside community. Each year, the group invites Pathways middle school students to explore science and engineering with its members for a day of hands-on workshops. The most recent event included a design thinking workshop, where students built prototypes of chairs at the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design with Yale’s Design for America student organization. 

    ylng.yale.edu

  • Yale Physics Olympics

    The Yale Physics Olympics brings more than 100 high school students to compete in teams on a variety of physics-related tasks, focused on getting students to practice the skills of experimental physicists. Each year, 50 teams guided by a high school teacher, compete. Awards are given to the best three performing teams. 

    ypo.yale.edu

  • Yale Summer Science Research Institute

    The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified New Haven high school students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities to supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide oneon-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience. 

    ssri.sites.yale.edu

  • Yale University on iTunesU

    Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni and distinguished visitors. Apple’s iTunes distributes the University’s podcasts, all free of charge. You can download episodes one at a time or you can subscribe to the entire series. Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.

  • Yale West Campus Landscape Lab

    The Yale Landscape Lab fosters growing collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting over 20 professional schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across Yale. Partners include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Architecture, Public Health, and Yale College. Numerous student groups utilize the West Campus Landscape Lab for a place to put their ideas into action. 

    westcampus.yale.edu/landscape-lab

  • Yale YouTube Channel

    The Yale University YouTube channel supplies a variety of videos to the viewing public. Covering anything from speeches and course lectures to videos made about happenings on campus, the Yale YouTube channel is a free way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer. 

    Find Yale on YouTube here

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