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Lang Science Program

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Each academic year, students in 5th grade are chosen to take part in an exciting, seven-year extracurricular relationship with the Museum.

If you are interested in applying to the Summer 2020 Lang Science Program, please fill out this form

This starts in the summer between 5th and 6th grade and continues through the end of 12th grade. These students will experience the Museum through science classes incorporating hands-on exploration, behind-the-scenes adventures, meetings with scientists, and content-rich programming. The Lang Science Program focuses on the sciences studied at the Museum – biology (biodiversity, evolution, genetics, conservation, and more), anthropology (cultural, human evolution, archaeology, and linguistics), and physical sciences (astronomy, Earth science, planetary science). Students will also design their own research projects, learn about Museum exhibits, and start preparing for college and careers.

The program begins with a 3-week summer program based at the Museum and continues into the school year with classes on 18 Saturdays from October to June (approximately twice per month).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at either (preferred) or by phone at 212-313-7172.



In 2018, a major study was published on Lang alumni, pointing to four reasons why students in the program tend to stick with STEM topics through college and into their careers.

In 2015-16, students in the Lang program collaborated with AMNH Curator, Susan Perkins to produce two games based on her exhibit, The Secret World Inside You. A card game, Gutsy can be downloaded here. And a Minecraft Map exploring the human microbiome is available here.

A 2014 study found that the Lang model enhances STEM interest, motivation, and persistence in girls who have participated.

In 2014, to promote AMNH's Pterosaurs - Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit, Lang students made a video in which they attempted to pronounce Pterosaur names.

EdLab at Columbia University's Teachers College visited Lang in the summer of 2013 and made this video.

Lang students participated in NASA's MoonKAM project.  Learn more in this video.

Read about Henry Lim, who was a winner in the 2011 Young Naturalist Awards. For a New York Times article on Henry's work, please click here.

For an article in the AMNH Members magazine, Rotunda, from March/April 2010, please click

The AMNH Lang Science Program and Lang Scholar Awards are made possible by founding and continued support from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

Support for Youth Initiatives is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by

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