State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP)
The State Pre-College Enrichment Program (S-PREP) is a free high school and college preparatory program designed for 7th - 12th grade students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or related STEM fields. The long-range objective of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities & economically disadvantaged students in healthcare and STEM professions. S-PREP is offered by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is a New York State Education Department Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP).
S-PREP consists of two sessions (Summer and Academic Year).
- Summer Session: Classes are held Monday through Friday (10 am - 3 pm) in the month of July
- Academic Year: Classes are held on Saturdays (9 am - 3 pm) from October to May
The program offers enrichment courses geared towards preparing students for success in math and science. Courses include, but are not limited to Anatomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Brain & Cognitive Science, Ready for PreMed, Physics, Psychology, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistics. In addition, the program offers PSAT (summer), SAT (academic year) preparation courses. Additionally, we offer an SAT prep course starting in January for students who did not enroll in the academic year. Students admitted to the spring & academic year program can continue and enroll in our summer program as well. In addition to the rigorous academic schedule, the program offers college preparation and career development workshops, college & academic counseling services, field trips, and college tours.
Additional Opportunities: Students admitted to S-PREP are eligible to apply for a summer research program for high school students (10th & 11th grade) run by the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. The BRAINYAC program (Brain Research Apprenticeships In New York At Columbia) admits students with an interest in biomedical and specifically neuroscience research who can commit to Saturday afternoon classes starting in January and a summer term (July-August). BRAINYAC students learn basic neuroscience concepts and laboratory skills that will prepare them for their mentored research experience in a CUIMC neuroscience lab during the summer. Students receive a stipend for their participation in the program. Admitted S-PREP students will receive more information in October about the BRAINYAC program and how to apply.
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