Yale Pathways to Science Scholars
Have you ever thought about how stars are born, wondered why dinosaurs had feathers, or asked 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!
With an overarching goal to encourage and support promising young scholars to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, Yale Pathways to Science opens the door for middle and high school students to explore STEM at Yale University. The more than 1,600 Pathways students are considered the youngest members of Yale’s scientific community and are invited throughout the year to special events, academic lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, summer programs, and research opportunities. Once accepted into the program, students are invited to attend more than 130 different programs and events annually through their high school graduation and beyond, choosing to participate in the opportunities that interest them most.
Throughout the year students are invited to programs, demonstrations, lectures, and laboratory visits on Yale University’s campus to learn about cutting-edge advances in science from respected professors. Students can choose which opportunities interest them the most. In the past, students have viewed the cosmos at Yale’s state-of-the-art planetarium, launched rockets, built telescopes, and examined brain specimens with Yale neuroscientists.
Yale Pathways to Science is free of charge. Once accepted, Pathways to Science Scholars can participate in programs through high school graduation. Inspiring the next generation of scientists is important to us, and we consider Pathways students the youngest members of Yale’s community of scientists.
Eligibility and application information
New Haven, West Haven and Amity Public School middle and high school students are invited to apply to become a Pathways to Science Scholar when nominated by their math or science teacher. We send nomination forms to teachers each April. Nominated students receive applications for the program in May/June. They receive decision notifications in August and begin in September. Once accepted, studends are part Pathways to Science Scholars until they graduate high school (and sometimes beyond!) or they leave the district. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Please note that while a student must be in 6th-12th grade to be eligible to be a Pathways to Science Scholar, there a numerous open-to-the-public events & programs that any K-12 student can attend. Please see the home page at www.yale.edu/scienceoutreach for a list of all events. If you would like to be added to the open-to-the-public event mailing list to hear about these open events, including Science on Saturdays, Yale Splash, Yale Sprout, the Flipped Science Fair, Science in the News, Codeboola, and many more, please go here to sign up for the open Yale STEM event newsletter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.