Saturday Science Seminars (S-Cubed)


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The S-Cubed program brings young women in the 11th grade with strong academic ability and interest in science and mathematics to Barnard over the course of five Saturdays in January, February and March. These capable young women are nominated for the program by science teachers in New York City high schools. Admission to the program is highly selective and by nominiation limited so that students truly gain from the interactive experience of a small class. 

Students are expected to commit to all seminars and there is no fee to participate. 

If you would like further information regarding this program or would like to have your New York City high school added to our list of participating schools in the future, please email us at

2016 Saturday Science Seminars:

NEW YORK PALEO-ENVIRONMENTS - Terryane Maenza-Gmelch, Senior Lecturer and Lab Director, Barnard College, Environmental Science

THE MATHEMATICS OF CARD SHUFFLING - David A. Bayer, Professor, Barnard College, Mathematics

EXPERIMENTING WITH CHEMISTRY - Christian Rojas, Professor, Barnard College, Chemistry

MYSTERIES OF THE ENERGETIC UNIVERSE - Tim Halpin-Healy, Professor, Barnard College, Physics & Astronomy

SPEED BOTANY - Hilary Callahan, Professor and Chair, Barnard College, Biological Sciences

The Saturday Science Seminar Program (S-Cubed) is an initiative developed by Barnard College to encourage interest in the sciences among young women in New York City high schools. 

Barnard demonstrates a tradition of excellence in preparing women for careers in the sciences. Among our noteworthy alumnae are: Helen Ranney ’41, the first woman to chair a Department of Medicine; Alison Estabrook ’74, the chief of Breast Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital; Susan Alpert ’69, current Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory Officer for Medtronic; and Dr. Beryl Benacerraf ’71, the first woman to become clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.