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Children's Programs

Coastal Ecology Program

This two-hour program uses hands-on activity to educate students about the geology of Long Island—how it was formed, how plants and animals live together in salt marsh habitats, and how Native Americans and early Europeans used the natural resources of the area. This program is geared toward sixth to ninth grade students. Program dates are May-June and September-October.

Call (631) 751-2244

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Electronic Explorations: The Salt Marsh

This distance-learning program enables students to “visit” and study a temperate salt marsh by either connecting with a naturalist from a remote site of by connecting with a naturalist and a local in-site class at the Marine Conservation Center.

Call (631) 751-2244



Garcia Center

This program, offered to approximately 20 tenth through twelfth graders and five high school teachers, provides students with laboratory-oriented research opportunities in preparation for national science competitions. It also keeps high school science teachers appraised of current research frontiers in polymer science.

Call (631) 632-8483



High School WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)

This three-year program BOCES is aimed at high-achieving girls from local high schools in grades 10-12. Students participate in diverse research experiences at Stony Brook and at Brookhaven National Laboratory and receive training in computing and research presentations. Enrollment is open to 30 students each year. The program runs during the fall and spring semesters.

Call (631) 632-3282/ (631) 632-9750



Long island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF)

Annual competition for secondary school students from public and private schools on Long Island. Finalists exhibit their research at the fair.

Call (631) 632-7075

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Safe Kids Coalition of Suffolk County

The Coalition seeks to reduce the number of preventable injuries to children by education children and caregivers about the topics of burn safety, highway/pedestrian and bicycle safety, water safety violence prevention and general safety initiatives. The Safe Kids Coalition provides raining programs, educational presentations, and safety screenings for schools, parents, and community groups. Safe Kids also distributes and/or makes available bike helmets, car seats, and other safety products.

Call Ronni Schultz (631) 444-7470

Visit the National Safe Kids Campaign website at


Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The STEP program is open to approximately 250 under represented students from Brentwood, Riverhead, Longwood, and Central Islip high schools. This program offers year-round academic enrichment for students interested in science, math, and technology through STEP clubs, residential summer camps, laboratory explorations and internships, college credit courses, and mentor activities.

Call (631) 632-8773



Simons Summer Research Program

This program enables students to engage in research in science, math, or engineering under supervision of faculty and to participate in other enrichment activities. Candidates must be nominated by their schools; participants are selected through a competitive process. The program is open to approximately 20 students who are 16 years old by the start of the program and runs throughout the summer. Residential status is optional and a stipend is provided to participants.

Call (631) 632-4525



University Preschool

On-campus teaching/research facility sponsored by the Department of Psychology; enrolls children between the ages of 18months to 5 years old. Graduate students and faculty use the facilities for research and/or observation. Located in Room S-106 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building

Call (631) 632-6930



TechPREP and StemPREP

A cohort of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young women will be introduced to practical aspects of computing, physics and engineering through a series of Saturday programs held twice a month and followed up with a two week summer day camp. The age group is chosen because continued achievement and a foundation of eventual success in the sciences starts early in a student's education.

Call (631) 632-6947



Young Scholars Program

High School students complement their studies by enrolling in specifically selected courses at Stony Brook in subjects not traditionally included in their schools’ curricula. This program is for eleventh and twelfth grade students with excellent academic standing and runs during the fall and spring semesters.

Call (631) 632-6860



Computer Courses

Computer Certificate Program

Stony Brook’s School of Professional Development can help you become a PC specialist or expert in desktop publishing, graphic design, Web design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word.

Call (631) 632-7050



School of Professional Development

The School of Professional Development offers a wide range of computer training, from core office environment programs such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word to e-mail and computer programming.

Call (631) 632-7071



Professional Skills Development Certificate

Acquire the skills you need to compete in today’s fast-paces, diverse work environment. This program of computer-training and professional development courses runs for nine works (229 hours)

Call (631) 632-7050




Dental Education (Continuing Dental Education)

The School of Dental Medicine offers continuing education courses for dentists, hygienists, assistants, and laboratory technicians. These courses address a variety of dental topics as they relate to patient care, diagnosis, treatment planning, medical emergencies, pain management, and new advances in implants and esthetics. Courses are offered by faculty from Stony Brook and other dental schools, dentists, and speakers from private industry and research institutes, Lectures, lab simulations, and clinical-based learning are used. The Continuing Dental Education Office is located in the Department of General Dentistry, South Campus, Westchester Hall, Room 143.

Call (631) 632-3033 or (631) 632-3161



Graduate Admissions

Graduate study is offered in more than 50 disciplines, ass well as through the five schools of the Health Sciences Center and through the School of Professional Development. To obtain a graduate bulletin and application for admission, or to find out more about graduate departments and courses in the Graduate School, the School of Professional Development, or the Health Sciences Center, visit the office of Graduate Admission located in room 2401 of the Computer Science Building.

Call (631) 632-GRAD

Fax (631) 632-7243



High School Programs

Stony Brook offers an exciting variety of opportunities for high school students, ranging from genuine hands-on research to credited summer courses that can jump-start your college career.


Life Science Greenhouse

This 14,000-square-foot facility houses plants that are used as a resource in teaching and research. The greenhouse staff welcomes the community for tours, horticultural talks, and all gardening inquiries.

Call Greenhouse Curator Michael Axelrod at (631) 632-8524 or e-mail


Medical Education (Continuing Medical Education)

The Office of Continuing Medical Education offers a broad spectrum of activities addressing a variety of medical topics a broad spectrum of activities addressing a variety of medical topics and utilizing varied instructional methods. These include programs designed to teach new skills using workshops and simulated patient or live-case presentations; to update physicians with new information to improve preventions, diagnosis, and management of diseases; and provide comprehensive update and intensive review in a field of medicine. Teleconferencing, monographs, and Web-based and other self-directed learning methods are also available. The Continuing Medical Education Office is located in The School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, Level 4.

Call (631) 444-2094 or e-mail Dr. Dorothy Lane at


School of Nursing (Continuing Professional Education)

The School of Nursing’s Continuing Professional Education Program was established to meet the educational demands of a diverse local, national, and international adult student population. The program is accredited by the New York State Nurses Association’s Council on Continuing Education. Many programs are offered on sit and online to help students and professionals meet their educational and career advancement goals.

Call (631) 444-1059



Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The Office recruits and admits qualified freshmen and transfer students to the University. To learn more about Stony Brook, sign up for a tour of the campus, schedule and interview with an admissions officer, request an Undergraduate Bulletin, or obtain an application

Call (631) 632-6868



Professional Education Program (PEP)

The University offers undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation and certification programs in English, foreign languages, mathematics, science, social sciences, and teaching English as a second language. These programs are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Call (631) 632-4PEP


Wetland Cruise Aboard the Discovery

Led by a naturalist, the Discovery cruise aboard a passenger pontoon boat provides a field trip in the environmental ecology of Stony Brook Harbor and surrounding wetlands. From the deck, participants observe the glacial moraines, tidal flows, and plants and animals through close-up views and hands-on activities. This cruise is available to the general public and for group booking, and runs from May to October.

Call (631) 751-2244




Astronomy Open Nights

During the academic year, the astronomy program holds a series of free lectures on various aspects of astronomy. Weather permitting; viewing sessions with the University’s telescopes follow the lectures. Held in Lecture Hall 001 (ground floor) of the Earth Space Sciences Building the first Friday of every month excluding January, June, July, and August at 7:30pm (Teachers can receive in-service credit for Astronomy Open Nights)

Call (631) 632-8066



Marine Sciences Research Center

The Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC) is one of the nation’s leading academic institutions for the study of marine and atmospheric environments and issues involving those environments. Although the Center addresses regional and international issues, its priority is assisting the Long Island community to understand pressing environmental challenges better and to develop innovative, effective responses to those challenges. Several institutes within the MSRC focus on critical problem areas. These are the Waste Reduction and Management Institute (marine water quality and related environment contamination issues), the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres (climate and atmospheric composition issues), the Living Marine Resources Institute marine fisheries and aquaculture), the Long Island Groundwater Research Institute. Center scientists conduct research in these and other areas and work actively with local, municipal, and state governments, public and private organizations, and the Long Island general public, applying the best scientific and technical information available to so solve environmental problems. Located in Challenger, Dana, Discovery, and Endeavour Halls.

Call (631) 632-8700



New York Sea Grant

A local, state, and federal partnership of the State University of New York and Cornell University; New York Sea Grant provides scientific information to the people who make and influence decisions for the development, management, and use of the state’s and the nation’s coastal resources, now and in the future. Located in Room 121 of discovery Hall (Institute office) and Room 146 of Suffolk Hall (one of eight extension offices located throughout the state.

Call (631) 632-6905




President’s Lecture Series

The initiative of Stony Brook University President presents nationally and internationally known speakers and scholars who address topics from their expertise or academic fields of expertise. Approximately four lectures per academic year draw an audience composed of community groups, faculty, students, and staff.

Call the Office of Conferences and Special Events at (631) 632-6320


Provost’s Lecture Series

The Office of the Provost offers two lecture series that feature eminent speakers from thee professional world and academia. The two series address matters of general interest as well as focus on specific topical areas, such as international affairs.

Call the Office of the Provost at (631) 632-7211



Community Music Program

Enrichment is at the core of the Stony Brook University’s Community Music Program, characterized by a commitment to education, accessibility, and community. Our programs are designed for all ages, from children to adults, and offers access to conservatory-level music instruction from one of the nation’s premier collegiate training grounds for musicians. With stellar faculty and resources, the Community Music Program is equipped to broaden your musical skills, showcase your musical growth, and above all, instill a lifelong love for music.

Programs include Music Basics for Kids for 4-year-olds, Dalcroze Eurhythmics for K-3, and Community Chamber Music Workshops for adults. Visit their web site for more information.

Pre-College Music Program

A curriculum in music theory, aural skills (ear training and sigh singing), music analysis, and traditional computer-based instruction in music composition for students grades 7-12. Weekly faculty coaching of small ensembles, including all instruments and voice. Public recitals held at the Staller Center for the Arts give students an invaluable opportunity to perform. The program is held every Saturday, September to June.

Call (631) 867-2220


Summer Chamber Music Camp with the Bryant Park Quartet

A weeklong intensive music program for talented musicians ages 12 and up. Students receive intensive coaching, meet with prominent speakers and performers, and participate in master classes, recording sessions, outdoor concerts, and theory/composition classes. Lodging and dining are provided; local students may commute.

Call (631) 632-7330


Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau: Health Care

The service provides free lectures by health care professionals for community groups. These medical experts present the latest information on a range of topics including health and wellness, disease prevention, current treatment methods, the latest research, and accessing medical services.

To request a speaker, call the Department of Community Relations (631) 444-5250

Surgical Speakers Services

This educational service is provided by clinical faculty members who speak on topics related to the surgery they perform.

Visit the Physician Directory at



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