Programs for Students

  • Academic Yale University College Courses

    Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, can enroll in Yale academic courses. Participating students receive a full scholarship to cover tuition costs. This 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.

  • 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 observing a cadaver dissection to using 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

  • Brain Bee

    For students in grades 8–12, Yale’s annual Brain Bee is a free neuroscience competition that tests students’ understanding how the brain functions. Competing students can flex their brain knowledge to win prizes as groups or as individuals. After the competition, students interact with Yale neuroscience majors and hear neuroscience talks from Yale faculty.
  • 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.

    campuspress.yale.edu/croy

  • Code Boola

    CodeBoola is a one-day “learnathon” for high school students held at Yale. Students participate in workshops on CSS, JavaScript, and entrepreneurship. The event is open to students with all levels of programming  experience and is hosted by YHack, a Yale student organization that 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 at a young age. Every week, Yale students teach computing lessons at six schools in the New Haven district, engaging middle school students with online lessons, group activities, and classroom-wide demonstrations.

    codehavenyale.com

  • 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 about supporting their childrens’ interest in potential STEM careers.

  • Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine

    Named in honor of the father of modern neurosurgery, Yale graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, this exhibit includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations, personal diaries, photographs, and memorabilia. Cushing’s collection of more than 15,000 volumes in science and medicine contains medical and scientific works ranging from 11th-century manuscripts through 19th-century monographs. The Cushing Center offers weekly tours of the collection and is open to the public. 

    For more information, visit the Cushing Center’s website

  • Demos

    Yale undergraduate student volunteers teach weekly science classes at eight local New Haven elementary schools, using provocative demonstrations and hands-on activities to teach basic science principles. The Demos group also leads StarLab, which presents basic astronomy in a mobile planetarium at a number of events on campus. 

    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. Made up of a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, DFA teaches design concepts through handson 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

    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.  

  • 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 Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages high school students in informal learning and work opportunities throughout all four years of high school. Students spend at least one day per week after school learning about science, preparing for college, developing job skills, and making new friends. Participants spend hundreds of hours each year as exhibit developers, museum interpreters, research interns, and students. 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 and work as science interpreters through the SciCORPS youth employment program—a select group of EVOLUTIONS students are also offered paid internships in Yale science laboratories. 

    evolutions.peabody.yale.edu

  • FIRST Robotics

    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,technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • 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.

    sciencediplomats.sites.yale.edu

  • Forestry & Environmental Science Research Day

    Research Day is an annual scientific conference at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Scientists present their work on environmental topics ranging from how air
    pollution impacts our health to grasshopper personality to the consequences of littering! The event uses multiple formats, including describing research using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language, poster presentations, and more. Ten Pathways high school students are invited as the youngest members of the conference. 
  • Funbotics

    Yale Funbotics is a seven-session workshop where Pathways middle school students build robots in teams with guidance from Yale College students. The series is designed to teach core engineering skills, team building, critical thinking, and problem solving while having FUN! At the end of the program, students and their newly-built robotic creations face-off in a cone-stacking competition.

  • Girls' Science Investigations (GSI)

    Girls’ Science Investigations is a program that empowers 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 Electromagnetic World” and “The Robotic 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. 

    engineeringday.com

  • Green Café

    The Green Café is a monthly interactive presentation for plant scientists, gardeners, environmentalists, and others hosted by Marsh  Botanical Gardens. Recent themes have included “Bonsai for Everyone” and “Chocolate: Hot or Not.” The intent is to foster creativity in plant research, encourage “budding” scientists to consider careers in a plant-based scientific discipline, and to share the value of plant research with 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 & Environmental Studies. Girls have 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. Individual sessions during the day include an exercise in environmental writing and discussions about green architecture and environmental justice.

  • 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 pipeline program under the auspices of the Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association at Yale. HPREP aims to provide students with the skills and necessary resources to succeed in the college-application process by providing instructional classroom sessions, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. By the end of the program, each student will have drafted and edited their first college essay and successfully completed a health-related research project and oral presentation. 

    More information here

  • Heritage Theater Ensemble

    The Heritage Theater Ensemble, Yale’s premier Black undergraduate drama group, host’s fun theater workshops for Pathways to Arts & Humanities students. During these workshops, students engage in theater exercises, play interactive games, and hone their improvisational skills. 

  • Julia Robinson Math Festival

    The Julia Robinson Math Festival inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative and 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. The planetarium is used to teach astronomy concepts to undergraduate classes, to support astronomy programs at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and to present planetarium shows to the general public. The planetarium and observatory are open to the public every Tuesday night. 

    For more information, click HERE.  

  • Marsh Botanical Garden

    Sitting on eight acres, with six greenhouses that make up 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.” 

    marshbotanicalgarden.yale.edu

  • Mathcounts Outreach

    MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school math enrichment program. Yale students lead weekly after-school sessions for students at 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 showcase in the spring. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Mathcounts website

  • New Haven Science Fair

    The annual New Haven Science Fair offers mentoring for students and professional development for teachers on investigative hands-on science-fair projects that promote scientific skills and research communication. This year, more than 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participated, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. Yale community members make up more than 80% of the judges and mentors in the program. 

    For more information, visit the New Haven Science Fair website

  • NEWT Café

    The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) is a multi-university collaboration that aims to make the production of clean water more sustainable and cost effective. Yale graduate students involved with the center host an annual event that brings Pathways students to campus to learn about how scientists utilize nanotechnology to enhance water-treatment methods. 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 100 students in Yale Pathways to Science. Students explore the brain with Yale’s top neuroscientists and students, tour Yale science laboratories, and learn brain anatomy through specimen dissection. Students also observe electrical signals from organisms, learn about modern neuroimaging techniques by visiting a mock fMRI scanner, and control a robotic claw using electrical activity produced by their own muscles. 

  • Pathways Building a Battery with Nanomaterials @ The Yale Energy Sciences Institute

    Pathways high school students are invited to the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus to tour its stateof-the-art laboratories and learn how science can solve contemporary energy challenges. At the event, students build their own batteries and learn how nanomaterials are used in battery production. 

  • Pathways Discover Chemistry Day

    At Discover Chemistry Day, Pathways high school students take part in hands-on chemistry experiments that encourage inquiry, examination, and extrapolation. Students might work with a gas chromatographer, separate caffeine from tea, engage in simulations of receptor-binding molecules that give rise to our sense of smell, and much more. This annual event is hosted by the Department of Chemistry. 

  • Pathways Engineering Day

    Hosted by GradSWE, Engineering Days bring middle or high school students in Yale Pathways to Science to tour laboratories and try their hands at a engineering design build. Past Engineering Days have included building an air-quality monitor, a bionic arm, and a self-watering garden. 

  • Pathways Engineering Days

    Hosted by GradSWE, Engineering Days bring middle or high school students in Yale Pathways to Science to tour laboratories and try their hands at a engineering design build. Past Engineering Days have included building an air-quality monitor, a bionic arm, and a self-watering garden. 

  • Pathways Environmental Café

    The Environmental Café brings Pathways high school students to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) 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 have included 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 Studies 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 Genetics Day

    Genetics Day brings Pathways middle and high school students to explore genetics in a full day of hands-on demonstrations, lab tours, mini-talks, and more. Students are guided by Yale faculty and students in activities that explore the science behind CRISPR, 23andme, GMOs, and model organisms. 

  • Pathways Health Careers Day: A Day in the Life

    Hosted by the Yale Pediatrics Residency, Pathways to Science students are invited to experience a day in the life of various
    health-career professionals, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, and more. Each rotation includes an
    engaging activity related to the profession, as well as information about how to pursue that career in the long term. In the past, students have learned how to check vitals, perform CPR, and recognize basic elements of physical therapy. 
  • 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 & Visual Science 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, as well as teachers from local public schools. Yale students serve a vital role as teaching assistants and mentors. 

    pathwayssummerscholars.yale.edu

  • Pathways to Environmental Engineering: Monitoring Connecticut's Air Quality

    In this 3-part workshop, Pathways to Science high school students build simple air-quality monitors to track the concentration of ozone, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. The program includes a field trip to the Yale Coastal Field Station, an air-quality monitoring site, where students can deploy their monitors and learn about how researchers measure air pollution along the coast, as well as how the air quality in Connecticut compares to nearby states. 

  • Pathways to Science

    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. 

  • 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. 

    wlab.yale.edu

  • Peabody Museum Annual Events

    Each year, the Peabody Museum hosts several public events, most notably the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice event in January, Summer’s Last Roar in August, and Fiesta Latina! in October. These events are free and open to the public and draw more than 8,000 people to the museum. 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 houses a diverse collection of 13 million objects that includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. The museum’s paleontological collections 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.

    peabody.yale.edu

  • 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 video-game 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 video-game interventions that target areas in which girls and women are disproportionately affected. Female Yale faculty members provide guidance and mentorship. 

    play2prevent.org/about-us/foragirl-program

  • 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

    Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a program open to students who have participated in the Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS program for at least two years. After a period of training and community service, participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters in the Peabody Museum. SciCORPS staff work at interpretive carts, at craft stations, and in the Discovery Room. In the 2017-18 academic year, SciCORPS staff provided nearly 5,000 hours of educational experiences to Peabody Museum visitors.

    For more information, visit the Peabody Museum website

  • Science Café and Open Labs

    Yale Open Labs and Science Café hold events exclusively for students in Yale Pathways to Science. At each Science Café, a group of three Yale graduate students present their research in 12 minutes or less, while audience members enjoy cookies and hot cocoa. Following the talks, graduate students mingle with audience members, available to answer questions about their research, their field of study, and their educational experiences. Also included are hands-on science demonstrations. Past talks and hands-on activities have included “Why Earth Has Water” and “How Our Brains Encode Memories.”

    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 engage Yale graduate students 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 and to help adults to see scientists as approachable. 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 “Peering into the Dark Side of the Universe” and “Exploring the Arctic Ocean to Understand Climate Change.”    

    For more information about events, please see the website.  

  • SheCode

    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. Through SheCode, Yale undergraduates teach New Haven middle and high school girls in Yale Pathways to Science how to create basic programs using Scratch, CSS, and Python. 

  • 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. Students get to learn about things that they normally would not have access to, empowering them to find what they love to learn, discover new career opportunities, and become tomorrow’s leaders. Splash at Yale also hosts Sprout!, a similar program that gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into one topic, meeting three to four times for a series of workshops. 

    Visit the Splash website for more information and to register. 

  • STEM Mentors

    STEM Mentors connects high school students with undergraduate and graduate students in STEM 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. It aims to inspire New Haven public school students to pursue careers in science, engage in research, and even try their hand at scientific journalism. Synapse conducts science demonstrations at six Science on Saturdays events each year and also organizes the annual Resonance program, a day of science enrichment at Yale for high school students.

    For more information, visit the Synapse website

  • The Wonderful World of Chemistry: A Magic Show

    Advances in chemistry have been behind some of the most significant improvements in our quality of life over the last century; whether it’s medicine, cosmetics, or movie effects,
    chemistry is everywhere. In this one-hour interactive show, students and their family members are introduced to basic concepts in chemistry through a series of magical demonstrations by experts from the Yale Department of Chemistry
  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Program is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven Public Schools held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn upon the enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to deepen students’ current interests and explore completely new ones, while developing their critical thinking and collaborative skills.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

    Urban Resources Initiative is a not-for-profit university partnership between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale and the city of New Haven. Its 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.

    For more information, visit the URI website

  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences

    YCAS Young Scholars is an intensive, twoweek summer program that provides promising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about biostatistics. Students are introduced to basic statistical methods, study designs used in medical research, and learn the statistical program R. Students work in teams, using real health science data to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work.

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

  • 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,  the festival brings celebrated directors and creatives to campus for workshops and discussions of how we can move forward constructively as environmental storytellers. 

    effy.yale.edu

  • 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, as well as providing a home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honey bees. 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. The farm hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours for local schools.

    yale.edu/sustainablefood/farm

  • 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 that get students to practice the skills of experimental physicists. Each year, 50 teams guided by a high school teacher compete. Awards are given to the three best performing teams.

    ypo.yale.edu

  • Yale Science Diplomats

    Yale Science Diplomats (YSD) is a group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Yale University dedicated to science
    communication, outreach, and advocacy. YSD brings science to the public in exciting and accessible ways through initiatives such as Science in the News, the Flipped Science Fair, and Science Haven—all with the goal of fostering a scientifically informed electorate. In doing so, YSD also trains scientists in effective communication and advocacy skills to support a community-based approach to science education.
  • 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 Yale Pathways to Science students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities that 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 West Campus Landscape Lab

    The Yale West Campus Landscape Lab fosters growing collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting more than 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 as a place to put their ideas into action.

    westcampus.yale.edu/landscape-lab

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