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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine in coordination with the Office of Diversity Affairs offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified rising juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing their MD, MD/PhD, or PhD and a career in biomedical research.

The 2017 program runs from June 4th – August 5th, 2017.

Our application for 2017 is now open! Apply now!

Program Overview

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Diversity Affairs invites applications from students to participate in a summer research internship program in the biomedical sciences at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). The purpose of the program is to give students who may be interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) the opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center. Each student receives a research project with an established scientist mentor and present their work at the end of the program at the Leadership Alliance meeting and at a poster session/reception at NYULMC. Those students who are interested in having a Physician Mentor may request assignment to a physician in an area of medicine of their choice. This student will meet weekly with the physician, attend “Grand Rounds” and clinical conferences, and where applicable, observe the physician with patients. Students also partake in weekly seminar series, lunch discussions with scientists, and events around NYC.

Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of any of our training programs:

SURP guarantees all participants:

  • A payment of $3,500
  • Free housing in a NYU facility
  • Round-trip travel expenses to New York City

Program Highlights

  • “hands on” research on a project directed by senior faculty members of NYU Langone Medical Center
  • participation in introductory and professional level seminars
  • career seminars conducted by deans and other faculty
  • a cultural component in which students attend concerts, museums, theater and other events in New York City

Criteria for Admission

The program is designed for mature, well-qualified undergraduates who have completed their sophomore or junior year of college. Qualified applicants should have a competitive GPA and some research experience. Students are selected based on their academic record, research experience, and letters of recommendation from faculty advisors and/or research supervisors. Significant importance will be given to their commitment to a career in biomedical research. This program is open to all U.S. students. Students must commit to participate for the entirety of the summer program.

Commitment to Minority Student Representation

The NYU School of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences pursuing PhD, MD or MD/PhD studies. It should also be noted that this program is affiliated with Leadership Alliance.

Evidence of Extreme Intellectual Abilities

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ys_qualThe Davidson Young Scholars Qualification Criteria was developed to identify students at the extreme end of the gifted continuum, which is the population served by theYoung Scholars program. The criteria for individually administered tests typically represent scores in the 99.9th percentile.

The scores listed below represent the minimum eligibility requirements for consideration of admission into the Young Scholars program. Testing information is evaluated in the context of the rest of the application and supporting materials to determine admission eligibility.  The Davidson Institute is unable to determine whether or not an applicant will qualify for the Young Scholars program outside the context of a complete application.

For additional details regarding the Young Scholars program and applications process, please visit:

For questions not addressed on these pages, please email Emails will be answered within three to five business days.

Required – At least ONE test listed under Option #1 or Option #2

In efforts to obtain a current snapshot of the applicant’s intellectual and academic abilities, it is preferred that accepted tests be administeredwithin two years of the application.  Accepted tests must:

  • Be administered when the applicant was at least 4 years old; AND
  • Meet or exceed the score guidelines listed; AND
  • Include an official, complete report with all pages attached. Reports for individually administered tests often include the tester’s observations, tests administered, test scores, explanation of findings, and recommendations.

Do you have testing administered more than two years ago?

We will consider testing administered up to four years prior to the application on an individual basis if the student was at least 6 years old at the time of testing. The full test report must be accompanied by current academic work samples or videos as described below under Supplemental Information.

Can other tests be accepted in place of the tests listed below?

No. Eligibility can only be determined by submitting one of the accepted tests listed here. If you have an additional test, please review the Supplemental Information section below.



Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales – Fifth
Edition (SB5)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal
  • Nonverbal
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fourth Edition
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Perceptual Reasoning
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
  • Nonverbal
  • Verbal (Expanded Crystallized) Index (VECI)
  • Expanded Fluid Index (EFI)

OR at least two of the following:

  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence –
Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
Standard score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • General Ability Index (GAI)
  • Full Scale
  • Nonverbal

OR at least two of the following:

  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Visual Spatial
  • Fluid Reasoning
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities – Third
Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Cog)
Standard score 145+ on
  • General Intellectual Ability (GIA)
Differential Ability Scales – Second Edition (DAS-II) Standard Score 145+ on at least one of the following:
  • Verbal Ability
  • Nonverbal Reasoning
  • General Conceptual Ability


Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement –
Second or Third Edition (KTEA-II or KTEA-3)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Reading Composite
  • Math Composite
  • Written Language Composite
  • Comprehensive Achievement Composite
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Third
Edition (WIAT – III)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Total Reading Composite
  • Mathematics Composite
  • Written Expression Composite
  • Total Achievement Composite
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement –
Third Normative Update or Fourth Edition (WJ-III NU or WJ-IV Ach)
Standard score 145+ on at least two of the following:
  • Broad Reading
  • Broad Math
  • Broad Written Language
  • Total Achievement


Test Name Minimum Score Guidelines
SAT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
Verbal/Crit. Reading 640 700 720 750
Math 660 720 740 760
Combined 1300 1420 1460 1510

Must meet or exceed on at least two of the scores listed above. The Combined score does not include writing.

ACT Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10
English 26 30 33 34
Math 23 28 32 33
Reading 28 31 33 34
Science Reasoning 24 28 31 32
Composite 24 28 31 32

Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above. ****

EXPLORE Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
English 19 21 23 24
Math 16 18 21 24
Reading 18 19 22 24
Science Reasoning 18 20 23 24
Composite 17 19 21 23

Must meet or exceed on at least three out of five scores above.

Not Required – Additional Information


Information included here will not add substantially to the review committee’s decision, nor override test scores that fall significantly below the Minimum Score Guidelines listed above. However, this additional information may assist the review committee in better understanding the applicant’s abilities.

A maximum of SIX of the following documents may be uploaded in this section of the application. Academic work samples or videos, which MUST include detailed information about each item. For example, the title and grade level of workbooks used, whether a work sample was edited several times or is a first draft, if the work was completed independently or was revised based on parent or teacher feedback, and the age and grade level at the time the work was completed.

Strong work samples include:

  • demonstrate abilities in academic areas such as math, writing, reading, science, or social studies
  • demonstrate the applicant’s ability to work at least two to three grade levels above age peers
  • demonstrate the ability to learn and process complex information rapidly, a need to explore subjects in surprising depth, or an insatiable curiosity
  • Other evidence of extreme precocity, as determined by the applicant and family.
  • Extenuating circumstances, as determined by the applicant and family.
  • Certificates, awards, artwork, music pieces, or other non-academic samples do not add to the review committee’s decision.


Ascend Educational Fund Awards Scholarship

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ascend Educational Fund awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a New York City high school to attend public or private colleges and universities, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be born outside the United States or have two parents born outside the United States
  • Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City
  • Must enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university in 2015-2016

Application Materials

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Official high school transcript
  • Copy of SAT or ACT score report
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Two essays

Selection Criteria and Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews.

December 1, 2015: Applications open online

  • December 1, 2015 – Application opens online
  • January 30, 2016 – Online scholarship application closes
  • March 28, 2016 @ 7 pm – Reader Orientation
  • March 28, 2016 – Reader system opens
  • March 28 – April 28, 2016 – Application review period
  • April 28, 2016 – Reader system closes & all scores are due by 5pm EST
  • Review finalists from May 3 – 16, 2016
  • Select finalists May 17 /18, 2016
  • Finalists notified May 19-21, 2016

Applications must be submitted by the Saturday, January 30, 2015 11:59 PM EST deadline

Scholarship Conditions

Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient’s educational institution in equal installments over a two or four year period, depending on the type of institution. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards:

  • Enroll full-time at an accredited public or private college or university
  • Remain in good standing and maintain a 2.5 grade point average
  • Submit progress reports to Ascend Educational Fund every semester
  • Participate in mentoring provided by Ascend Educational Fund

Additional Information

Questions can be directed to

JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship

Thursday, May 12, 2016

JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship – Happy and honored to post this amazing and informative video about the JP Morgan Smart Start Scholarship – recorded live at Kweller Prep’s Money for College workshop May 9th 2016. Kweller Prep serves Forest Hills, Queens, New York City (NYC) and surrounding areas. Kweller Prep is a learning incubator designed to get you where you want to go. Email us at