Girls Inc. Eureka!® at SUNY Polytechnic Institute


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Girls Inc. Eureka!® is a free and unique five year program that provides girls with a gentle introduction to Nanoscale STEM, personal development, sports, mentorship, career exploration. Girls commit to the program for five years, preparing them for the next step in their education after high school. Please see below for the breakdown of each Eureka!® summer and school year.


  • Engages girls in informal STEM education through hands-on activities and field trips..
  •  Places girls on a college campus to reinforce the importance of higher education.
  • Provides girls with access to top-level scientists in a world class facility.
  • Plays an important role in the “cradle to career” education pipeline in NYS and the Capital Region workforce.
  • Ensures girls are exposed to STEM careers with strong female mentors
  • Emphasizes the strengths and needs of young women.
  • Develops girls using the “whole girl” approach, which focuses on STEM, Personal Development and Sports.
  • Provides girls with college and job readiness workshops
  • Engages community representatives of local businesses, organizations and colleges.

Apply to Eureka!®:

For 2017 recruiting, Girls Inc. has decided to make an exception and allow both rising 8th graders and rising 9th graders to apply. As a rising 9th grader, if you apply and are accepted, you will commit to Eureka! for four years instead of five years. You will participate in two summers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and two summers of internships. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Applications will be available in Spring 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Eureka! manager at [email protected]

Eureka! ® Internships:

We are excited to be entering our fifth year of internships with our Eureka!® girls. Please consider sponsoring and/or hosting an intern this summer. Please click below to download more information.


The First and Second Summers at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Eureka! ® girls will experience a four week summer camp on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus, engaging in nanoscale science, personal development. They will also participate in regular group sports, individual sports and swimming. Girls who do not know how to swim will have the opportunity to learn. Each week will end with a STEM focused field trip.

The Third and Fourth Summers:

Eureka! ® girls will participate in the Eureka!® Internship Program. The Eureka! manager will place each Eureka! ® girl in an internship based on her interests. The interests will be compiled from a completed application and an interview. Internships are developed from local businesses and organizations. The Eureka! ® Internship Program is tailored to suit the individual needs and strengths of each student. Upon the completion of the summer and school year requirements, each intern will receive a $500 stipend.

The Fifth Summer:

Girls are responsible for securing their own internship, job or summer program, with the assistance of the Eureka! ® Manager.

 Internship Transportation:

Girls are responsible for their own transportation to and from their internship site. However, Girls will be provided with a summer bus pass if needed.  CDTA has been a great supporter of this program by providing a training day on how to utilize the public transportation system in Albany and Schenectady and by donating half of the bus passes.

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Eureka! girls are required to participate in Eureka! events throughout the school year. During the first two school years, participants must earn a minimum of 10 credits to remain in the program. During the third, fourth and fifth school years, participants much earn a minimum of 5 credits to remain in the program. Eureka! girls can earn credits through a variety of opportunities:

  • Weeknight meetings held at Girls Inc. Sites organized by Eureka! staff
  • Weekend field trips and/or activities organized by Eureka! staff
  • Volunteer opportunities in the community
  • Credit submission for extracurricular school activities (available for first two school years only)
  • Eureka! homework assignment (available for first two school years only)
  • Participating in an organized community activities with the group

QUESTIONS? Please call Kelly Mucci, Eureka!® Manager at 374-9800 or email [email protected]


About SUNY Polytechnic Institute is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. SUNY Poly represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. SUNY Poly maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. SUNY Poly co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT, and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Riverbend Green Energy Hub, High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, all in Buffalo. For information, visit

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