STEM Scholars Program

The PRISM STEM Scholars Program provides eligible students with the guidance and resources needed to become professionals in the fields of science, technology, health and NYS-licensed professions. You will receive tutoring in science and math courses through the Math & Science Resource Center and attend workshops that can include improving your study skills, professional development and etiquette and making the most of your time at John Jay.

Although it is preferred that students begin in the program in their freshman year, we accept students of all levels (freshman to senior) as long as they meet the eligibility criteria set by NYSED. The PRISM STEM Scholars Program is supported through an NYSED Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Programs (C-STEP) grant.

You'll be exposed to professionals and careers in science, medicine and technology. You'll also receive personalized academic advisement and professional development. In addition, you can receive:

  • Up to $300 in stipends at the end of each semester after successful completion of the program requirements
  • Discounts on selected Kaplan® products
  • Up to $500 in reimbursements/year on costs associated with the application to various eligible post-graduate programs (admission exams, application fees, etc.) (while funds last)
  • Personalized academic advisement
  • Career guidance in science, technology, health, and the NYS-licensed professions


To be eligible for the STEM Scholars Program, you must:

  • Have officially declared your major as either forensic science (FOS), cell & molecular biology (CMB), toxicology (TOX), computer science (CSIS), or applied mathematics
  • Be a NY State resident (receive in-state tuition) with a full-time academic load (12 credits/semester or more)
  • Be part of an underrepresented group in science (African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Native American or Alaskan native) OR have financial need as defined by NYS


Once in the program, you're required to: 

  • Attend a minimum number of PRISM events
  • Schedule and attend at least four tutoring sessions (one-on-one or group-study sessions) at the Math & Science Resource Center or provide evidence of attending academic support sessions with the Writing Center, Honors Program, SEEK or any other academic support programs at John Jay
  • Schedule and attend an academic advisement session (one-on-one or a group session) with our Academic Advisor each semester or provide evidence of attending an academic advisement session with your academic department’s advisor (after you have completed your first 30 credits)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA 2.5 of and grades above a C in your science and math classes

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