Programs for Students

  • 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. 

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  • Anatomy Teaching Program

    Yale medical students and faculty teach an anatomy class to Hill Regional Career High School students. Juniors and seniors enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School twice per month to access the lab facilities. Lab activities range from observation of dissected cadavers to use of the slides and microscopes in the histology laboratories. 

  • Astronomy Public Observing Nights

    Every Tuesday night, the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium presents shows in the planetarium theater, which are open to the public at a $5 donation cost. Weather permitting, following the show on Tuesday nights, participants are invited to observe the night sky through one of the Observatory’s telescopes. 

    For more information, visit the Leitner Observatory website

  • 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 Boola

    Code Boola is a one day “learnathon” for high school students held at Yale. Students participate in workshops taught by current Yale students, focusing on web design, programming, and entrepreneurship.  Through these workshops, students are introduced to computer science concepts, build upon their teamwork skills, and gain fundamentals towards a STEM based education.  The event is hosted by YHack and open to students with all levels of programming experience.  YHack is a Yale student organization, which hosts an annual hackathon for 1,000 undergraduate students from across the country. 

    For more information, visit the Code Boola website

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CRISP K-12 Programs

     CRISP (Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena) sponsors a number of activities and events throughout the year, which provide students with an increased awareness of the importance of materials science in their everyday lives, through classroom presentations, laboratory demonstrations and open house events, New Haven Science Fair mentorship, a public lecture series, and exciting hands-on workshops. Young students discover that the science of materials is everywhere around them, particularly at the forefront of cutting-edge technology.

    For more information, visit the CRISP website

  • 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.

  • Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine

    Named for Yale College graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, regarded as the father of modern neurosurgery, the exhibits at the Cushing Center include more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations, personal diaries, black and white patient photographs, memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Cushing’s collection of over 15,000 volumes in science and medicine contains medical and scientific works ranging from 11thcentury manuscripts through 19th-century monographs. The Cushing Center offers weekly tours of the collection that are open to the public.

  • Demos

    Through Demos, Yale student volunteers teach weekly science classes at eight local New Haven elementary schools, using striking demonstrations and hands-on activities to teach basic science principles. The Demos group also leads Demos Assemblies, science assemblies that showcase a variety of demonstrations, and StarLab, which presents basic astronomy in a mobile planetarium. 

    For more information, visit the Demos website.

  • 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.

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a biomedical laboratory at Yale, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, more than 300 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the program. Many 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 click HERE.  

  • 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

  • Engineering Explo

    At Engineering Explo, GradSWE (Graduate Student Women Engineers) invites middle school students to discover the marvels of engineering. At this fair-like event, Pathways students and families grab a “passport” and explore mechanical, electrical, biomedical, chemical, and environmental engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

  • Evolutions

    The EVOLUTIONS  Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages New Haven and West Haven high school students in informal educational and work opportunities throughout all four years of high school. Through weekly classes, monthly events, and field trips, EVOLUTIONS is designed to increase science literacy, provide college preparation, develop career awareness, and promote transferable skill development. Each year, EVOLUTIONS students produce an exhibition that is installed in the museum, work as science interpreters through the SciCORPS youth employment program, and a select group of EVOLUTIONS students are also offered paid internships in Yale science laboratories. 

    For more information, visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History website

  • FIRST Robotics

    Through FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology), Hill Regional Career High School students—assisted by local companies, Yale students, and volunteers—design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. The program demonstrates to students the fun and competitive spirit that can exist in science, math, engineering, and technology. This program is part of Yale’s partnership with Hill Regional Career High School. 

  • Flipped Science Fair

    The Flipped Science Fair, hosted by Yale Science Diplomats, flips the traditional science fair format on its head: middle school student judges evaluate graduate students and postdocs presenting their current research. Middle school students learn about cuttingedge research from real Yale scientists in a small-group setting, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The presenters learn how to tailor their research pitch to a general audience, with emphasis on keeping things exciting, understandable, and relevant.

  • Girls' Science Investigations (GSI)

    Girls’ Science Investigations is a program that empowers and interests girls in science by giving them both guidance and hands-on experience. On four Saturdays throughout the year, GSI runs theme-based programs for middle school girls to encourage them to pursue careers in science. Recent program themes have included “The Invisible World” and “The Quantum World.” Yale University professors and students teach the programs, conduct demonstrations, and lead the girls in hands-on activities in laboratory environments.

    For more information, please visit the GSI 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.

  • Green Café

    The Green Café is a monthly event hosted by Marsh Botanical Gardens that consists of an interactive presentation for plant scientists, gardeners, environmentalists, and others. The intent is to foster creativity in plant research, encourage “budding” scientists to consider careers in a plant-based scientific discipline, and bridge the community with plant scientists to transmit the value of plant research to the public.

    For more information, visit the Green Café website

  • Green Careers, Women Leaders

    Green Careers, Women Leaders is an annual day-long conference for high school girls, hosted by graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This year’s conference gave girls the chance to interact with entrepreneurs and leaders from the fields of renewable energy, clean water, sustainable food, health and wellness, urban planning, ecology, environmental justice, and architecture. Attendees also participated in hands-on workshops and leadership training exercises. 

  • Have Bones, Will Travel

    Have Bones, Will Travel is a program offered to elementary, middle, and high schools in New Haven. The program aims to foster science enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession. Volunteers from the Yale School of Nursing teach students about the marvels of human anatomy through engaging, hands-on activities while also emphasizing the importance of decisions that can affect their long-term health.

    For more information, visit the Have Bones, Will Travel website

  • Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

    HPREP is a nationwide high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting African-American, Native American, and Latino high school students into careers in the sciences and health professions. Each year, more than 30 New Haven high school students attend eight Saturday sessions run by Yale University minority medical students. Students participate in small group discussions on various health topics within medicine and public health. A special emphasis is placed on health issues disproportionately affecting minority communities. 

  • Julia Robinson Math Festival

    The Julia Robinson Math Festival inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving. At the festival, students choose from more than a dozen tables where volunteers, who come from various disciplines at Yale (but are all lovers of mathematics), guide students through a set of intriguing math problems and puzzles, supporting students as they work together.

    For more information, visit the Julia Robinson Math Festival website

  • Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium

    The Leitner Observatory is a facility of the Yale Department of Astronomy dedicated to education, public outreach, and student research. Every Tuesday and Sunday night, the Leitner Observatory presents shows in the planetarium theater that are open to the public. Weather permitting, following the show on Tuesday nights, participants are invited to observe the night sky through one of the Observatory’s telescopes. 

    For more information, click HERE.  

  • Marsh Botanical Garden

    Sitting on eight acres, with six greenhouses comprising around a third of an acre under glass, Marsh Botanical Garden offers support for researchers, faculty and students at Yale, as well as an informative and eye-catching experience for visitors. Marsh Botanical Garden also hosts the monthly “Green Café .”

  • Mathcounts Outreach

    Mathcounts is a national middle school math enrichment program and competition. Yale students lead weekly after school sessions for more than 600 middle school students at 35 New Haven, West Haven, and Hamden schools. Yale coaches use applied and creative problems to inspire students to see math as an exciting and ever-present part of the world and to prepare students for a district-wide competition in the spring. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Mathcounts website

  • MedSci

    MedSci is a student-run organization that teaches elementary school students interesting and useful health skills using a scientific lens. In MedSci sessions, fourth and fifth-grade students are introduced to biological concepts using health examples they can relate to, such as fevers and allergies. The program is free for participants and is currently available in the New Haven area.


  • New Haven Science Fair

    The annual citywide science fair is held in May at Yale University’s Commons. In conjunction with the science fair event, the New Haven Science Fair Program offers mentoring for students and professional development for teachers on investigative hands-on science fair projects that promote skills in critical thinking, the scientific process, and research communication. In 2015, more than 7,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participated, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. The program also supports Family Science Nights.  

    For more information, visit the New Haven Science Fair website

  • NEWT Café

    The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) is a new collaboration that aims to make the production of clean water more sustainable and cost effective. The Center’s graduate students host an annual event that brings Pathways students to campus to learn about nanotechnology, water treatment, and how scientists are connecting the two. Through hands-on demonstrations and short talks, students learn how these issues are related to their daily lives.

  • 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.

  • Pathways Brain Education Day

    Brain Education Day is an annual neuroscience event for more than 100 students in the Yale Pathways to Science program. Students explore the brain with Yale’s top neuroscientists and students, tour Yale science laboratories, and learn brain anatomy through specimen dissection. Session topics include comparative neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and sensation and perception. Parents are also invited to a discussion on “How to Prepare your Child for College” with Dean Michelle Nearon.

  • 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 Chemistry Open House

    Chemistry Open House is an annual event for students in the Yale Pathways to Science program, and their families and friends. Students tour Yale chemistry laboratories and meet with the Yale professors and students who work there. Session topics give students the opportunity to learn about high-powered lasers, superconducting magnets, the human eye, and much 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 Engineering Day

    Engineering Day is an annual event for 40 middle school students in the Yale Pathways to Science program. Students tour engineering labs at Yale, learn about cutting-edge research in the many different areas of engineering, explore the diverse roles of today’s engineers, and try their hand at an engineering design challenge with Yale graduate students. 

  • 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.

  • Pathways Public Health Day

    Public Health Day is an annual event for 60 students in the Yale Pathways to Science program. In the first annual Public Health Day, students took hands-on workshops on public health topics drawn from the news headlines, such as vaccinations, nutritution, allergies, Ebola, and tobacco control. 

  • 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.

  • Pathways to Science

    Ever think about how stars are born, wonder why dinosaurs had feathers, or ask yourself if nanotechnology will change our lives the way computers have? If you are curious about the world around us and want to learn how world-class scientists make discoveries and generate new knowledge, then Pathways to Science is right for you!

  • 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.”

  • Pathways Wright Laboratory Tour

    Pathways students get a behind-the-scenes look at the Wright Laboratory and undertake hands-on activities that reveal how Wright Lab researchers can make the invisible visible. The Wright Lab is advancing frontiers of physics through a broad research program in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. Wright Lab has been transformed to house a unique combination of state-of-the-art research facilities, technical infrastructure, and interaction spaces.

  • Peabody Museum Annual Events

    Each year, the Peabody Museum hosts several major cultural events, most notably the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice event in January and Fiesta Latina in October. Both events are free and open to the public, drawing more than 8,000 people to the museum. Other annual events include Summer’s Last Roar and Biodiversity Day. The Peabody Museum also sponsors numerous lectures and talks throughout the year. 

    For more information, visit the Peabody Museum website

  • Peabody Museum Guided Tours for K-12 School Groups

    Each year, the Peabody Museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, and social studies to more than 25,000 students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. All programs draw on the museum’s exhibits to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of science and social studies education, and most can be adapted to accommodate specific group needs as requested. Guided programs are free for New Haven and West Haven public schools from September through March. 

    For more information, visit the Peabody Museum website

  • Peabody Museum of Natural History

    From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History presents four billion years of Earth’s history under one roof. It’s diverse collection of 13 million objects includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. Its paleontological collections in particular rank among the most historically important fossil collections in the world. Not only can these collections be accessed by visiting the museum, but the Peabody’s substantial online catalog makes digital images of more than 163,000 specimens, artifacts, and objects available to scholars and the public around the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Resonance

    Resonance is an annual event hosted by Yale Synapse, which brings high school students to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on demonstrations, presentations by Yale professors, and tours of Yale’s science facilities. Breaking away from traditional scientific teaching, Resonance presents science in a way that is applicable to students’ daily lives and future goals. 

    For more information, visit the Resonance website

  • SciCORPS

    SciCORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a youth employment program for EVOLUTIONS students, in which participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters in the Peabody Museum. Participants begin at the volunteer rung as Museum Apprentices, to develop basic job and communication skills and shadow more experienced peers. After a set of criteria are met, they are promoted to paid Museum Interpreters, where they teach visitors the science of the exhibits through hands-on carts and activities. In the upper rung of our ladder, Museum Fellows, act as program leaders, supervisors, and content developers. 

    For more information, visit the Peabody Museum website

  • Science Café and Open Labs

    The Pathways Science Café is an event exclusively for students in the Yale Pathways to Science program. At each Science Café, a group of three Yale graduate students share their research in short presentations. Following the talks, the graduate students mingle with audience members, available to answer questions about their research, their field of study, or their educational experiences. Past talks have included “The Spookiest Thing You’ll See This Halloween Won’t Be from the Quantum World” and “Pick’s Theorem.” 

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Science Haven

    Science Haven is a collaboration between Open Labs, Yale Science Diplomats, and New Haven neighborhood leaders designed to embed researchers more deeply in their neighborhoods through hands-on science demos at community gatherings. Through attending neighborhood leadership meetings and connecting with families, Science Haven aims to inspire students to pursue a career in science, to help adults to see scientists as approachable, and to facilitate relationships on a personal level to begin breaking down systemic barriers between academia and the public. By putting a face to the lab coat, Science Haven hopes to foster a sense of trust between residents and their neighborhood scientific community.

  • Science in the News

    Science in the News is a series of fun lectures given in the spring by Yale graduate students in the sciences. The series is organized and hosted by the Yale Science Diplomats, a campus group devoted to educating the public about science issues that affect them and encouraging scientists to become engaged in the political process. Past lecture topics have included “Conquering Cancer: Medicine of the Future,” “When Fantasy Becomes Reality: Invisibility, Immortality, and Mammoth Monsters,” and “Science of the Aging Brain.” 

    For more information, visit the Yale Science Diplomats website

  • Science on Saturdays

    This award-winning lecture series features scientists whose passion for their work inspires us all. Each event involves a lecture by a Yale professor and engaging science demonstrations by Yale college students. Science on Saturdays provides an opportunity for Yale scientists and residents of New Haven and beyond to come together over a shared sense of wonder. Past topics have included “Why Birds Are Dinosaurs,” “Nu Frontiers in Neutrino Physics,” and “Chaperonins: Molecular Origami Machines.”

    For more information about events, please see the website.  

  • SheCode

    Through SheCode, Yale undergraduates teach New Haven middle and high school girls in the Yale Pathways to Science program how to create basic programs using Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python. SheCode aims to lower the barriers for girls participating in computer science and to foster an interest in innovative technology and problem solving by teaching programming skills to young girls in a highly supportive environment. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Synapse

    Synapse is the educational outreach arm of Yale Scientific Magazine and aims to inspire New Haven public school students to pursue science, research, and scientific journalism. Synapse conducts science demonstrations at six Science on Saturdays events each year and sponsors an annual essay contest for high school students to have their writing published in the Yale Scientific Magazine. Synapse also organizes the annual Resonance program, a day of science enrichment at Yale for high school students. 

    For more information, visit the Synapse website

  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a six week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students to acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college and excel in their current school environment.

    For more information, click HERE.  

  • Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

    Urban Resources Initiative is a not-for-profit university partnership between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale and the city of New Haven whose mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI is dedicated to community participation in urban ecosystem management. As of 2009, the City of New Haven adopted the URI curriculum “Open Spaces as Learning Places” as mandatory instruction for all New Haven public school 6th grade students. URI partners with Common Ground High School and the Sound School for the GreenSkills program, a local green jobs program that employs high school students and ex-offenders through the planting of trees, working towards the goal of the TreeHaven 10K campaign to plant 10,000 trees throughout New Haven.

    For more information, visit the URI website

  • 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. scholars/index.aspx

  • Yale Center for Health and Learning Games High School Summer Internship Program

    The Center for Health & Learning Games, which houses Yale’s play2PREVENT Lab, is made up of a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative team of researchers, videogame developers, and community partners dedicated to creating and evaluating videogame interventions for health, education, and social good in youth and young adults. During the five-week internship, students spend each morning in workshops on the use of video games in health research and participate in afternoon sessions featuring guest speakers from the Yale School of Medicine and the commercial video game sector. 

    For more information, click HERE

  • Yale Environmental Film Festival

    Sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is one of America’s premier student-run environmental film festivals. In addition to highlighting the brightest environmental storytelling of the past year, celebrated directors and creatives join for workshops and discussions of how we can move forward constructively as environmental storytellers.

  • Yale Farm

    Established in 2003, the Yale Farm is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, and is home to freeranging chicken flocks and honeybees. It provides a place where students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members can come together to learn about sustainability and the connection between land and food firsthand. The Farm hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours for local schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Yale Social Robotics Lab Open House

    The Yale Social Robotics Lab focuses on building models of human social behavior, especially the development of early social skills. Scientists in the lab use computational modeling and interactive robots to explore questions about social development that are difficult or impossible to investigate with other disciplines. Each year, the lab hosts an open house for families and students of all ages. Guests tour the lab, see live robot demonstrations, learn about past and current projects, and have an opportunity to chat with lab members about their research.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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