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Pathway programs are integral to creating opportunities for students to identify and nurture their interests and talents, and to charting a practical and successful course for their careers. Pathway programs are also focused largely on diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity. NYU’s pathway programs are intrinsic to the mission of the Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA), and integrate CFA’s goals to enhance teaching, research, and community engagement.

College & Career Lab

College & Career Lab (CCL) offers New York City middle and high school students the opportunity to explore a variety of academic and professional pathways. Through classes and intensive workshops led by NYU faculty, students develop essential skills to help them thrive in high school, college, and beyond. The program helps students navigate systemic barriers to achievement, thus leading them to future economic mobility and self empowerment to strive for educational and career advancement. CCL also provides unique teaching experience for faculty to engage with young people and nurture their passion for higher education and ultimately their chosen careers.

NYU CDS Undergraduate Research Program

NYU CDS Undergraduate Research Program (CURP) is a research mentorship program created by the NYU Center for Data Science (CDS) in partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). CURP is designed for a diverse group of talented undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of university-level courses and would like to conduct research in data science. The program provides students with: meaningful research opportunities in the field of data science; an opportunity to participate in successful research collaborations; and a community of academic peers and world renowned faculty mentors who can advise, encourage, and support them. This is currently an online program, hence students can participate from anywhere in the country.

Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) Program

The Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) program, offered through NYU Steinhardt’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), trains high caliber doctoral students in the Education Sciences with a substantive focus on “learning in context.” Funded by the the Institute of Education Science (IES) with support from the Center for Faculty Advancement (CFA), the IES-PIRT program recruits 24 fellows primarily from groups underrepresented in the education sciences, including scholars of color, students from low-income families, immigrant-origin students, and individuals with disabilities. Students are mentored and advised by dynamic and dedicated NYU faculty from multiple NYU programs and departments, and pursue research in both academic and non-academic settings through training activities, apprenticeships, and partnerships. The goal of the program is to provide students with the necessary research knowledge, professional skills, and practical experiences needed to assist U.S. policymakers and practitioners with tackling our nation’s pressing education issues. For more information about the fellowship, including eligibility and requirements, please visit IES-PIRT’s application page.

Faculty First-Look

Faculty First-Look (FFL) programs provide underrepresented scholars opportunities to interact with NYU faculty, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral students, deans, and administrators, in an effort to help scholars better understand and be more prepared to launch a faculty career. FFL is offered through on-site and virtual instruction and social engagement at the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and Tandon School of Engineering. Learn more about NYU Faculty First-Look Scholar Alumni.

See the list of Faculty First-Look scholars, filterable by their academic fields.