The Next Scholars Program is an exciting mentorship program that pairs professional women in STEM fields with female undergraduate students in the U.S. through an online learning platform. Mentors guide their Mentees in the development of 21st century skills as well as computer literacy. Mentors are also provided with a complimentary one-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences.
Who can apply?
To be eligible to become a mentor you must be:
- A female graduate student, academic or professional in a STEM field
- A graduate of a college or university in United States, or currently enrolled in a graduate program at a U.S.-based college or university
- Comfortable communicating in English
- Have internet access
- Able to participate in the program for one year
- Excited about having a STEM mentee!
Benefits for Mentors in the Next Scholars Program:
- You'll hone your youth development skills as you inspire a young woman in STEM
- You'll help bridge the gender gap for the next generation of women in STEM
- You'll receive a one-year complimentary Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences, which provides discounted registration for events and Webinars, exclusive publications, and more
What is expected of me if I'm accepted as a Mentor?
Participating Mentors are asked to complete a short, video-based orientation process on our platform and commit to a minimum of two monthly check-ins with their mentee, a.k.a. "Scholar."
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.