HIRES is the High School Initiative in Remote Sensing of the Earth Systems Science and Technology. HIRES is a program within the CREST CUNY Institute which offers high school students an opportunity  to work closely with scientists in the field and in labs, collect and analyze data, present at conferences, and more!  It’s aim is to provide NYC high school student research experience especially in STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  IMG_0205

We leverage our connections  and resources to increase student recruitment, share experiences and expertise, and identify specific opportunities, challenges, and strategies for effectively supporting students in developing science research skills and competencies.  We also jointly develop and implement a set of experiences to support students in developing a shared community and college and career readiness.

HIRES is part of the Consortium of the Science Research Mentoring Programs ( funded by the Pinkerton Foundation,  In the Consortium’s first year, more than 150 high students from 68 high schools mentors worked with nearly 80 faculty, post-doctoral and graduate student on authentic research projects across 20 disciplines. In its second year, our programs will serve a greater number of students in additional program locations, engaging new mentors and increasing the Consortium’s ability to impact STEM interested students in New York City.

HIRES 2014

The Consortium of Science Research Mentoring Programs currently consists of member institutions:

·  HIRES | CUNY CREST Institute, The City College of New York

·  The American Museum of Natural History

·  Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach

·  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center

·  CUNY College Now (on 5 campuses)

·  NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (ARISE)

·  Rockefeller University

· Wave Hill (WERM)



Rebecca FernandesThis program will help me further my career in engineering.
—Rebecca Fernandes
Waldemar MoretyThe HIRES CREST program exposed me to how real world research works in modern day science. It was a great learning experience.
—Waldemar Morety
Kimberly ThelusmaBeing an intern as part of HIRES 2014 has been an eye opening experience. Although I am not interested in computer science or engineering, I was able to obtain a few skills that will help me further my future as a biology major and future doctor. I was able to experience the role of a scientist by conducting research that has a great effect on society. I was also able to realize that climate/ environmental change plays a huge role in the constant changing of the earth as well as human diseases.
—Kimberly Thelusma
Katherine LoThis program has allowed me to explore and engage myself in environmental engineering. I was able to connect and learn many different techniques and skills throughout this program. It was an interesting and stimulating experience.
—Katherine Lo
Rabia AkhtarThe HIRES Program immersed me in the college and work setting as it impelled me to be responsible for my work.
—Rabia Akhtar
Paata UgrekhelidzeHIRES was the beginning of a great future as a high school student.
—Paata Ugrekhelidze