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Be part of improving student learning and understanding in K-12 schools by engaging in education research.

Our Fellowship Program seeks answers to questions such as:

  • How do can we improve students’ environmental citizenship?  What do we mean when we say environmental citizenship?  How do we measure improvement? 
  • What do students need to know about carbon, water, and biodiversity in order to become environmentally literate? 
  • How do students learn ecology from data and investigations? 
  • What types of activities in the classroom and beyond foster interest and motivation for learning about ecology?

MH-YES Teacher Fellowship (summer 2019)

MH-YES Teacher Fellows will be innovative high school teachers interested in strengthening their research and mentoring skills. They will join a professional learning community focused on engaging community members and students from under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Applications closed for 2019

Work with scientists and educators to mentor students in authentic research!

YES Fellows will spend six weeks this summer working with an undergraduate to co-lead research teams made up of 3-4 high school students, under the advisement of Cary Institute and Marist College scientists and educators.

Additionally, one team will conduct a focal investigation to explore the factors associated with the risk of increase in Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) in the Hudson and its tributaries under our warming climate, and the other will study tributary flashiness, turbidity and water chemistry responses to storm events.

While the general research topics are set, it is imperative that research teams work together to develop their specific research questions. We are especially interested in local teachers who have experience working with students in the MH-YES Program target demographic.

Participants can expect to gain:

  1. Training in scientific research and mentoring practices targeting students from under-represented groups
  2. Experience collaborating with undergraduates on leadership and mentoring
  3. Experience conducting aquatic ecology field and lab research
  4. A stipend of $6000 participating as a YES Fellow in the MH-YES Program  

Total time commitment and stipend:

$6000 for 6 full weeks of participation.

*Some travel support is available for teachers

If accepted as a MH-YES Teacher Fellow, you will agree to:

  • Complete pre- and post-program assessment surveys about your teaching, environmental science knowledge, and mentoring approaches.
  • Attend and actively participate in occasional mentoring training sessions, between June 1st and July 1st.
  • Meet as needed between June 1st and July 1st with scientists, educators, and undergraduates to organize research and mentoring activities of the MH-YES Program.
  • Work full time with a high school team in the field and lab from July 1st-August 9th.
  • Attend and actively participate in two community outreach days, one to be scheduled by teams in mid to late July, and the other held on August 9th.
  • Produce a classroom implementation plan of how you will take this experience back into your classroom.
  • Provide advisory feedback to Cary Institute educators that will help improve the MH-YES Program.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Alan Berkowitz: or (845) 677-7600 x 321.

Please note: Depending on the volume of applications we receive we may contact you to set up a brief interview if you are a finalist for this position.