CRSP 2020-2021 Cohort

Scholars and Mentors

CUNY Research Scholars 2020-2021 Cohort
Student Name Research Mentor(s) Department Project Title
Arnab Sharma Dr. Moni Chauhan Chemistry Metal Mediated Redox Reactions to PolyRhodanine Synthesis and its Application in Catalysis and Removal of Azo Dyes from Wastewater
Benjamin Menchell Dr. Rommel Robertson

Dr. Kersha Smith
Social Sciences Coronavirus Pandemic and Quarantine Measures Impact on Psychological Well-being and Sleep Quality in College Students
Devani Mahabir Dr. David Sarno Chemistry Optimizing the formation of polyaniline nanofiber-ruthenium nanoparticle composites for the catalytic degradation of congo red
Feruza Turobova Dr. Sujun Wei Chemistry Synthesis & Characterization of X-Shaped Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells
James Hardat Dr. Joan Petersen Biology Monitoring birds in NYC Parks via field observations and eBird database analyses
Janice Williams Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal

Dr. Regina Sullivan
Biology Investigation of genes involved in breast cancer cell migration
Jiajun Gao Dr. Yusuf Danisman Math and Computer Sciences Covid-19 Mortality Prediction with Machine Learning
Kainat Mughal Dr. Sunil Dehipawala Physics X-ray absorption study of iron in different plant species
Kaniz Fatema Dr. Kimberly Riegel Physics Sonic boom propagation in a non-homogeneous atmosphere
Kaylyn Kelly Dr. Amy Traver Social Sciences "His back turned squarely on the city:" Child Emigration in the Empire State, 1853-1929
Lori Dean Dr. Anissa Moody Social Sciences The Thing That Finally Did It: COVID-19 and Participation in Mental Health Treatment
Madison Otway Dr. Celia Sporer Social Sciences Myth and Truths of Capital Punishment - Can Undergraduate Students Tell the Difference
Mehreen Mughal Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Chemistry Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids bearing thioether side chains
Miaolan Chen Weng Dr. David Sarno Chemistry Porous microspheres of polyaniline and its derivatives for payload encapsulation
Natasha McGowan Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal Biology Inositol hexakisphosphate kinase 1 (IP6K1) is a novel target in obesity, insulin resistance and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Nicole Paulescu Dr. Urszula Golebiewska Biology Effects of Toxins on Action Potentials in Neurons - Computational Approach
Ornima Tyeshi Dr. Huixin Wu Engineering Technology Smart Virtual Room App
Romaine Blake Dr. Merlinda Drini Prelvukaj Engineering Technology The Applications of Raspberry PI in Exploring Internet of Things IoT
Sara Khan Dr. Andrew Nguyen Biology Study the interaction between STAT3 and estrogen receptor in osteoclast
Siying Li Dr. Wenjian Liu Math and Computer Sciences Big Data Information Reconstruction for the Multi-State Hard Core Model
Stephen Fiorucci Dr. Merlinda Drini Prelvukaj Engineering Technology The Cyber Effects modeling and framework for execution of Cyber-attacks and remedies
Sumaiya Nasrin Dr. Andrew Nguyen Biology Examining the presence of Enterococcus spp. in water around NYC using loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), an alternative method to PCR.
Tamara Areizaga Dr. Monica Trujillo Biology Molecular targets of SARS-CoV-2 strain variants in human host
Tsz Wa Ellen Chu Dr. Amy Traver Social Sciences Children on the Move and in the News: Reports of Child Emigres in New York State Media, 1853-1929
Tyra Volney Dr. Paul Sideris Chemistry Preparation and Characterization of Composite Polyimide Substrates for Laser-induced Graphene Capacitors
Yingxin Liang Dr. Zhou Zhou Chemistry Study towards the Concise Synthesis of Hydrophilic Cyanine Dyes with Two Orthogonal Reactive Groups
Yingying Zhang Dr. Sasan Karimi Chemistry Synthesis of antimycobacterial pyrroles
Yvonne Rodriguez Dr. Jody Resko Social Sciences The Impact of COVID-19?Non-Traditional Commencements on High School Graduates' Academic Motivation and Post-formal Goals
Zheyong Piao Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny Chemistry Investigating the Interactions between Imidazolium Ionic Liquids and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube for Supercapacitors Application

Summer 2021 Events

Date/Location Event Description

Friday, May 28th

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Zoom

Workshop: What is an Abstract and How to Write Abstracts?

Preparing Abstracts for the CRSP Summer Symposium.

Students will review the CRSP Summer Symposium abstract guidelines and begin writing or editing their abstracts. Students will read and review research abstracts written by scholars in their respective disciplines. This workshop will focus on the necessary elements of a research abstract, and students will evaluate abstracts (or their own if possible) using a rubric.

Friday, June 4th

Location: Blackboard

Submit: CRSP Symposium Abstract Drafts & Research Paper (discussion & conclusion)

Students will submit their final CRSP Summer Symposium abstract drafts for review and feedback. Feedback will be provided on Blackboard within one week (by 6/11/21).

Friday, June 18th

(10:00 AM – 11:00 Am)

Location: Zoom


Writing a Personal Statement

Upload revised abstracts to Dropbox. This workshop will be devoted to writing a personal statement. Students will read samples of personal statements and practice writing their own personal statements. Students will review discipline-specific terminology and incorporate technical terms in their personal statements.

Friday, June 25th 

Location: CRSP Website or link

Submit: Online Submission deadline for Final Abstracts to CRSP summer symposium

Students will submit their edited abstracts to the CRSP Summer Symposium after mentor approval and uploading to CRSP Blackboard. Final Abstracts to CUNY CRSP will be uploaded

here. CUNY CRSP Due date: June 28th

Friday, July 2nd

(10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

Location: Blackboard

(11:00 AM – 11:15 AM)

Workshop: Preparing for the CRSP Summer Symposium

Mock Talks to choose featured presenter from QCC at the CRSP Summer Symposium

How to save your presentation unlisted on YouTube and create a link to it.


5 semifinalists (chosen from the SSS presentation video submissions) will give 10 minute research talks and one finalist will be selected to give the featured presentation from QCC at the CRSP symposium.

At the CRSP symposium: During the featured speaker’s ten minute live presentation, they should spend the first three to four minutes describing their personal path toward their projects (how they became interested in research, what the process has been like for them, how they overcame a challenge - anything they are comfortable with sharing).  We hope this will provide inspiration for other students and anyone who has tuned in. After their 10 minutes live talk, they will have a few minutes to answer questions from the audience.

Students will receive guidance on how to upload their presentation videos to YouTube.


Due Date: July 8th

Submit: Presentation video to CRSP Symposium

Students will submit their video recorded presentations to CRSP. Please submit your YouTube presentation link by Thursday, July 8th at 5.00 pm. Click here to upload your YouTube link by July 8th. All presentations MUST be recorded in advance. To ensure a smooth transition between presentations, we must adhere to a strict limit of no more than 5 minutes per recorded presentation. There will be time for questions from the judges and the audience during the symposium.

Friday, July 9th

Location: Blackboard

Submit: Personal statements

Students will submit their personal statements using strategies from the workshop on writing personal statements. Feedback will be provided.

Friday, July 16th

Location: Blackboard

Submit: Final revised Resume

Students will submit the revised Resume they started in Spring 2021.

 Friday, July 23rd

Submit: Final Research Paper


Students will submit their final research paper incorporating received feedback.

Monday, July 26th; Wednesday, July 28th and Mon., Aug. 2nd

Location: Zoom

Mandatory CRSP Symposium

The CRSP symposium where all students will submit videos of their presentations and answer questions synchronously will be held this year on three days. More details will be provided from CUNY CRSP soon.

Thursday, July 29th

(12:00 PM – 2:00 PM);


Closing Ceremony

Stipend checks will be distributed.

Spring 2021 Events

Date/Location Event Description

Monday, January 25th

11:00 AM – 12:00 pm

CRSP Spring Welcome Back



Events and deliverables for the semester will be discussed.

Wednesday, Feb. 24th

12:10 -2:00 pm


Monday, May 17th

Resume Writing Workshop



Deadline to upload Resume draft. (Dropbox link is available on CRSP Blackboard)

Ms. Strauss from the Career Services Office will present a workshop on resume writing. She will review: How to write a resume, how to include your research experience and awards in your resume, what is the difference between a resume and CV.

One-on-one follow up resume editing and review sessions with career services will also be arranged. Please bring a copy of your existing resume if you have one.

Monday, March 1st 

Research Paper: Introduction Draft Due

Mentor approved drafts of the introduction section of the research paper will be submitted via Dropbox.

Wednesday, March 17th 

12:40 – 2:00 pm



April 1st - 5th


Speech Workshop




Deadline to upload video presentation to Dropbox. (Dropbox link is available on CRSP Blackboard)

Dr. Franca Ferrari from the speech department will present a workshop on strategies used to present your research work effectively.

Each student will record a 4-minute PowerPoint on their research. Dr. Ferrari will review the videos and provide individual feedback and follow up discussions.

April 19th

May 2nd 

Research Paper: Major Findings and Supporting Evidence (Mini Review) or

Experimental and Results (Research Paper) Draft Due

Mentor approved drafts of this section of the research paper will be submitted via Dropbox. (Dropbox link is available on CRSP Blackboard)

Friday, April 23rd

Friday, March 26th



Friday, April 14th

Virtual Spring Student Symposium

Abstract Due: 


Video Submission Due. (Link will be provided upon abstract submission)

Students will present prerecorded 4-5 minutes video presentations to the college community.

Wednesday, May 26th

12:10 – 1:10 PM

Friday, June 4th


Deliverables Meeting for Students


 Research Paper: Discussion and Conclusion Draft Due




Mentor approved drafts of this section of the research paper will be submitted via Dropbox. (Dropbox link is available on CRSP Blackboard)

Friday, July 2nd

Final Research Paper Due

Mentor approved research papers will be submitted via Dropbox. (Dropbox link is available on CRSP Blackboard)

Fall 2020 Events

Date / Location Event Description
Friday, Oct. 2nd 3-5 pm on Zoom CRSP Orientation Faculty-student teams will attend program orientation and review program requirements and event schedule. Students will submit photo release form.
Monday Oct. 5th – 9th All students complete online portion of the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training.
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training
E-mail certificate to and
Monday, Oct. 5th – 19th Award letters sent to faculty and students Letters will include information about all forms due for Stipend: Acceptance letter, photo release form, W-9 and I-9
October 19th – 26th All CRSP student stipend and program paperwork due Upload to QCC Dropbox link provided by CRSP College Assistant: Ms. Ashley Mercado (
Fri, Oct. 9th 1-2 pm or Fri. Oct. 16th 3-4 pm; Location: Blackboard Library Research Workshop – Project Specific 2 groups: beginners & returning/advanced.

Faculty will be provided with a blackboard research course that will remain active for the entire year.
Presented by Prof. Christine (Miseon) Kim. Take your CRSP project title. Learn how to find scholarly sources using library databases and how to cite sources in a proper format.
Wednesday, October 14th 1-2 pm or Wednesday, October 21st 12-1 pm Location: Blackboard Writing workshop
Resources available in the Center for Tutoring and Academic Support (CTAS) for writing.

Follow up with CTAS weekly or bi-weekly to develop research paper. Introduction to the QCC Undergraduate Research Journal
Presented by Mr. Joseph Labozzetta and Ms. Jennifer Negovetti. Learn the difference between a traditional research paper and a review article. Discover how to get additional help and guidance writing your paper throughout the semester. Learn about the QCC Undergraduate Research Journal. Presented by QCC URJ Editor in Chief Dr. Rochelle Nelson
Fri., Oct. 23rd 3:10-4:10 pm on Zoom
Wed., Nov. 11th 1:10-2:10 pm on Zoom
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Workshop
E-mail certificate for Online portion by Friday, October 9th 1:00 pm.
Complete Part 1 Online by program orientation. Complete Part 2 with Ms. Jacinta Patrice-George.

E-mail certificate to and
Wed., November 11th 12:10 – 1:10 pm on Zoom Presentation Preparation – for Virtual UR day Presented by Dr. Paul Sideris
Learn how to prepare and deliver presentations virtually.
Tuesday, December 1st Outline / Draft of research paper due for review: Details provided in writing workshop Submit on Blackboard as instructed
Friday, December 4th Location: Zoom Undergraduate Research (UR) day Presentations All QCC students/faculty present posters on UR projects

Campus Cultural Centers

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.