The Next Scholars Program is an exciting mentorship program that pairs female undergraduate students with women in STEM fields through an online learning platform. As a Mentee (a.k.a. "Scholar") you will access cutting-edge content—at your own pace —that will help you develop essential 21st century skills, as well as advancing your computer science (CS) literacy.
The three pillars of the program are:
Who can apply?
To be eligible to become a Mentee (a.k.a. "Scholar") you must be:
- A female undergraduate student
- Currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university
- Planning to major or minor in one or more STEM areas of study
- Comfortable communicating in English
- Have internet access
- Able to participate in the program for one year
- Excited about having a STEM mentor!
"STEM education for women is very important to me because the STEM fields [have] yet to be dominated by women."—Oluwatoyosi Ipaye, NeXXt Alumni
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
What is expected of me if I’m accepted as a Mentee in the program?
In addition to a minimum of two monthly check-ins with your Mentor, you will be asked to complete online modules in various areas of skill development at your own pace.
Benefits for Mentees in the Next Scholars Program:
- Development of leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills to promote career readiness
- Valuable networking experience through online forums
- Online engagement events (Webinars and online discussions) with notable women leaders in STEM
- Discussion boards on STEM topics that allow Mentees to socialize with each other
- Opportunity to attend the Global STEM Alliance Summit at the New York Academy of Sciences headquarters in July, 2017
The Next Scholars Program is part of the Global STEM Alliance of The New York Academy of Sciences, and is made possible by a grant from the Infosys Foundation USA in pursuit of its mission to bridge the digital divide and empower underrepresented students and educators to become creators of technology.
The History of the Next Scholars Program
The 2017 Next Scholars program is a re-launch of the NeXXt Scholars Program, which was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and a consortium of women's colleges in 2011. The original program aimed to engage, connect, and advance young women from countries with predominantly Muslim populations and young American women to pursue undergraduate degrees in STEM fields. To accomplish this goal, the Academy provided partnership, mentorship, and networking support for these Scholars (mentees) by way of a group of selected female STEM Fellows (mentors).
Then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the creation of the NeXXt Scholars Initiative at the Academy's Celebrating Women in Science event on December 10, 2011.
View Secretary Clinton's video address here. The event was held the same night the Nobel Prizes were awarded in Sweden, which also marked the centennial of Marie Curie's second Nobel Prize.