By consolidating and coordinating existing outreach programs and by creating new ones that will have a significant impact on the STEM pipeline, on STEM teaching and learning in GK-16, on GK-12 STEM outreach, and on STEM Education Research, this Center aims to solidify Northeastern University’s role as a major contributor to the improvement of K-16 Education in Boston and the state of Massachusetts.

Current Programs

Prior Programs

Boston Science Partnership

The Boston Science Partnership (BSP) is an NSF funded program bringing together Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston Public Schools with the aim of raising student achievement in science, beginning with 6th grade and all the way through the university level.

Boston Summer Advanced Math/Bridge to Calculus — Boston Summer Advanced Math prepares underserved urban high school students for their calculus course in their senior year in high school. The program also links rising seniors with one-on-one counseling to prepare for college. Reform precalculus prepares students for calculus in their high schools, and for college. Counseling from Bottom Line prepares for college.

CAPSULE (CAPStone Unique Learning Experience)

Through this NSF-funded ITEST grant, Northeastern University (NU), in collaboration with the Museum of Science (MoS) and the Boston Public Schools (BPS), will develop a replicable model for the integration and implementation of an innovative, engineering design project-based high school STEM curricula within diverse urban school districts. The approach is designed to interest students in STEM careers, involve them in meaningful STEM-based engineering design project-based learning opportunities, and help school districts gear up effectively to meet the national demand for a skilled STEM workforce.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

The Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (BHSSC) is a program of The Harris Foundation, and is currently funded by Exxon Mobil. The foundation takes an active role in shaping education in students in middle and high school through college. The mission of this program is to enable youth, entering grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, to develop and achieve their full potential through support of social, recreational and STEM-based educational programs.

Greater Boston North Shore Science Partnership

A program which provides intensive professional development (PD) and support activities to middle school (MS) and high school science teachers with the goal of improving student outcomes in science. The PD courses lead to a Master’s Degree (MEd in MS Science) at NU. Core Partners: Northeastern University, Lynn & Malden Public Schools. Supporting Partners: UMass Boston and the Educational Development Center.

Investing in Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders (ITEL)

This is a 2010-2011 Scholarship program providing financially needy students a scholarship and various resources in collaboration with the Bernard M Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.


Northeastern University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have joined to form the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NE LSAMP). The group receives funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented minority students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


This five-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program – University Partnership (NU STEP-UP) seeks to increase the number of students receiving degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. Our program will include STEM students from NU and collaborating Community Colleges (CC), with a special focus on recruiting and retaining traditionally underrepresented students in STEM studies in order to help them advance from one level to the next on the pathway to graduation and a successful career. The collaborating CCs include: MassBay Community College (MBCC), Wellesley, MA; Middlesex Community College, Lowell/Bedford, MA; and Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill/Lawrence, MA.

April 2013 Community College Partnership Conference – Website:


PRISM is a National Science Foundation-funded program that seeks to increase the number of students majoring in science and mathematics at Northeastern, by attracting undeclared students in these fields as well as retaining the number of existing majors. Presently in its second year, PRISM provides a variety of offerings throughout the year to first and second year students interested in studying science and mathematics. During the fall semester, PRISM hosts weekly seminars in which leading researchers at the university present their work, engaging students in emerging topics in science and mathematics fields. In the spring, PRISM offers a no-cost one-credit course open to students interested in exploring these topics in further detail through team-based problem solving and, in May, it offers an intensive four-week summer program, which deeply engages students in various Science and mathematics research topics. These experiences lead to co-op opportunities for students to work as researchers in the labs on or off campus.

Step UP

This initiative aims to assist with the design and delivery of STEM professional development and student support for 10 partner schools as identified by the City of Boston and the coordination of programs and services across five university partners–Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University and Tufts University.

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    Phone: (617) 373-8380
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