Summer Program Applications

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation at the Mount Sinai Helath System, we have made the difficult decision to suspend onsite CEYE Summer Programs (June through August) 2020.

We understand that our decision will impact our ability to offer hands-on exposure and experiences for students and individuals, particularly of underrepresented groups in healthcare and medicine. However, our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of those we serve, which includes all of you.

As an alternative, we will be offering an array of virtual course offerings via Zoom and other options through which students may participate and remain engaged with the Mount Sinai community. We are moving quickly to develop coursework from a cross-section of experts across the Mount Sinai Health System and throughout NYC. Although they will not be in-person, we anticipate being able to offer exciting and engaging curriculum across a variety of new platforms. We will release more details soon and encourage you to remain in consideration for this virtual experience with us! In the meantime, CEYE Virtual Summer Program FAQs.

The Center for Excellence in Youth Education 2020 High School Summer Program Application is now open. Please see links for the Application Instructions and the Online Form.

Application due date: Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Summer Program Dates: June 30th to August 14th, 2020

Letter of Recommendation

We understand that some students may be unable to obtain letters of recommendation from their instructors as they are moving their curriculum online unexpectedly. Given these unprecedented circumstances, we ask that you provide the name and email address for your recommender, so we might reach out to them directly with any outstanding questions regarding your application. We have updated our summer application and you can now input your recommender’s contact information there.

If you are a recommender and are able to complete the form via the online portal however, we encourage you to do so.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Attend a New York City public or charter high school
  • Meet GPA requirements listed in each course description
  • Identify as an Underrepresented Minority (African American, Latino, Native American, or Alaskan American) OR meet state-determined economic criteria below
  • Any additional requirements stated in individual course descriptions

Economically Disadvantaged Eligibility Requirements

Your family can document economic eligibility by providing proof of receipt of one of the following:

  • Family Assistance Program Aid
  • Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or a county Department of Social Services
  • Family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Assistance, or a county Department of Social Services
  • Student ward of the state or county status
  • Single-parent family status, meeting income requirements below

If you do not qualify on an economic basis through any of the above criteria, you can also qualify by income, according to the New York State Opportunity Programs Income Eligibility Criteria.

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 *Add $7,992 for each family member in excess of 7.


Note on Eligibility:

A copy of the parent's or legal guardian's 1040 tax return form can be utilized as proof of disadvantaged status. For a full list of acceptable documents, please refer to page 4 of the Application Instructions.

  • What if I am a student applicant that is not from an underrepresented or disadvantaged background?
    • Subject to funding and availability, CEYE may consider applicants who are not from an underrepresented or disadvantaged background. Please be advised that these limited slots are extremely competitive and are outside of our primary target population.
  • What if I am an undocumented or DACA student?
    • Students are eligible to apply regardless of immigration status.
  • What if I do not attend a NYC public school? Can I still apply?
    • Generally, students attending NYC Public or Charter Schools are our primary target area. As a point of context, each year we are contracted by the State and Federal Government to support a specific number of students with specific eligibility criteria, which includes attending a NYC Public or Charter School. That being said, we sometimes make exceptions, particularly cases where students who attend a private or catholic school receive a significant financial aid package (documentation is required). Please note that this consideration is always subject to funding and availability.

Please view our frequently asked questions on page 5 of the Application Instructions

  • For questions or concerns contact or 212-241-7655.

The Center for Excellence in Youth Education’s Science and Technology Entry Program and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department.