Gray STEM Scholars

The Gray STEM Scholars program at the Macaulay Honors College is designed to empower STEM students from underrepresented groups to realize their dreams of a career in STEM research or medicine.

Gray STEM Scholars receive a range of valuable benefits curated to create a successful, supported undergraduate experience leading to post-graduate success as a scientific researcher or clinician. Benefits include:

  • A laptop
  • Fully paid tuition for 8 undergraduate semesters
  • Career development (workshops, site visits, panels, etc.)
  • Skill-building, growth, and resiliency workshops/events
  • Paid Internships
  • Research lab/mentor matching and placement
  • Guided development of a strong STEM identity and sense of belonging
  • Joining a cohort-based Honors community of like-minded scholars
Students are evaluated based on their academic performance, career goals, and motivation to be a researcher or clinician.

  • Must apply as an incoming Freshman.
  • Must have an overall average of 90 and above.
  • Must complete a Macaulay Application for the campus of their choice.
  • Must intend to declare a major related to their goal of being in scientific research, MD/PHD, or being a physician. Acceptable majors include: Biology (and other related biology sub-fields), Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Material Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Health Sciences.

Gray STEM Scholar candidate applications are made available by invitation only. Select students are invited to apply to the Gray STEM Scholar program from the pool of Macaulay applicants annually. To be considered for an invitation, medicine and research minded students can apply to the regular Macaulay application.

In addition to the graduation requirements for the Macaulay Honors College generally, Gray STEM Scholars are expected to:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their first three semesters and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in each semester thereafter.
  • Participate in the program for the entirety of their undergraduate career once they have accepted the offer.
  • Attend mandatory Gray STEM Scholars events, workshops, trainings, and meetings each semester (approximately 1-2 per month).
  • Develop a schedule with their mentor to complete 50-100 hours each semester.
  • Present a research poster of your work at the John Jay College PRISM program research symposium at the end of the academic year.

For more information, please contact:

Saranna Belgrave-Banton

Saranna Belgrave-Banton
Program Manager - Gray STEM Scholars Program

Macaulay Honors College
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