Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Summer Rearch Program has been postponed until 2021

Current Applicants will be interviewed in the near future. Successful applicants will be offered Fellowships in the 2021 program. Stay safe!


The primary aim of Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers is to provide New York metropolitan area secondary school science teachers with sustained hands-on experience in scientific research so they can better understand the practice of science, better transmit to their students and fellow teachers a feeling for its practice.  The program serves four major purposes:

  • SCIENCE CONTENT: Teachers participate in an informal seminar on a topic of broad general interest led by Columbia faculty or a speaker from another of New York’s science-rich institutions.
  • SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Teachers describe their research to one another at regularly scheduled oral presentations or poster sessions.
  • SCIENCE TEACHING: Teachers discuss common problems and exchange ideas on what works in the classroom.
  • PEER COACHING: Second-year participants provide guidance to their first-year colleagues.

The Summer Research Program was founded in 1990 by Dr. Samuel C. Silverstein, Professor of Physiology in the Roy & Diana Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.