The CUNY Research Scholars Program at Queensborough Community College

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About CRSP

The CUNY Research Scholars Program provides funding to facilitate laboratory and other research experiences for associate degree students over a one-year period. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research and to increase persistence in STEM and Social Science disciplines.

Students receive a $5,000 stipend and 320-400 hours of mentoring from faculty members and participate in structured activities on campus, including sessions on laboratory safety, library research, public speaking, and poster preparation.

Each year, the program culminates in a symposium where students display and present their work to peers and mentors. The CUNY Research Scholars Program at QCC currently supports 19 students and 19 faculty mentors.

Student Eligibility

Fulltime Associate degree students at any stage in their academic career can participate in research projects in the STEM and Social Sciences disciplines. Student researchers must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and commit to being an active participant in the program for one full academic year.*

Faculty Support

The program also provides compensation for faculty mentors in the amount of $1000 per student mentee. This amount is for one full academic year of the program. Mentors commit to meeting regularly with their student researcher, overseeing their research, and fostering the student’s interest in their academic field.

How to Apply

Applications are initiated by faculty mentors. The 2022-2023 CRSP cohort has been selected; applications will re-open in August 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Interested in research opportunities at QCC? Click here to explore and apply for other research opportunities.

For More Information

Contact Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine at: slallramnarine@qcc.cuny.edu

 

*Students cannot participate without a mentor

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CRSP 2022-2023 Scholars and Mentors

Student Name Research Mentor(s) Department Project Title
Anna Liu Monica Trujillo Biological Sciences & Geology Molecular detection of pathogens from wastewater
Valerie Muse Rochelle Nelson Biological Sciences & Geology Understanding Imposter Phenomenon in Commuity College Undergraduate Students Studying General Biology
Chris Na Andrew Nguyen Biological Sciences & Geology Examining the function of STAT3 in regulating genes associated with
RAW264.7 cell apoptosis
James Babo Regina Sullivan Biological Sciences & Geology Investigating the effects of Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes on gene
expression of lung cancer cells
Elijah Bernard Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Chemistry Development of Electrospun Ionic Liquid-Polymer Fibers for Applications in
Energy Storage Devices
Mariia Ihnatiuk David Sarno Chemistry An investigation of methods to deploy polyaniline and its derivatives for the
removal of metal ions from aqueous solution
Ho Martin Yuen Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Chemistry Exploring the properties of ether- and thioether-functionalized imidazolium
ionic liquids
Matthew Smith Huixin Wu Engineering Technology Mobile Robotic Arm
Arafat Akon Esma Yildirim Math & Computer Science Prediction of End-to-end Data Transfer Throughput in the Cloud Using
Neural Networks
Sean He Yusuf Danisman Math & Computer Science Comparing Different Cross Validation Techniques for Classification
Problems in Finance
Martina Hove Carolyn King Math & Computer Science Using Series to Find Solutions to Differential Equations
Xiaolin Huang Wenjian Liu Math & Computer Science The Probability Distribution of n-sided Dice Sum
Maximillian Yam Yusuf Danisman Math & Computer Science Comparing Different Cross Validation Techniques for Regression Problems
in Finance
Yuanhong Yu Zeynep Akcay Ozkan Math & Computer Science Predicting student success in college algebra classes using machine
learning
Nina Zabat Borja Rex Taibu Physics Textbook Presentations of Hydrostatic & Osmotic Pressures: A Quest for
Interdisciplinary Thinking
Yaakoub Muslemani Paul Marchese Physics Is Hurricane Energy increasing in the North Atlantic?
Ziyue Du Michael DeMarco & Mark Zelcer Social Sciences How does Chinese International students experience affect their academic
goals?
Kaitlyn Murphy Patrick Byers Social Sciences Transformations of truth and reality as a result of the use of digital
technology and social media
Stephany Platero Jody Resko Social Sciences Academic perseverance among first generation community college
students: An exploration of the social and cultural capital phenomenon

Meet the Students and Mentors

CRSP scholar Mariia Ihnatiuk, mentored by Dr. David Sarno

CRSP scholar Mariia Ihnatiuk, mentored by Dr. David Sarno

CRSP scholar Stephany Platero, mentored by Dr. Jody Resko

CRSP scholar Stephany Platero, mentored by Dr. Jody Resko

CRSP scholar Valerie Muse, mentored by Dr. Rochelle Nelson

CRSP scholar Valerie Muse, mentored by Dr. Rochelle Nelson

CRSP scholar Xiaolin Huang, mentored by Dr. Wenjian Liu

CRSP scholar Xiaolin Huang, mentored by Dr. Wenjian Liu

CRSP scholars Maximillan Yam and Sean He, mentored by Dr. Yusuf Danisman

CRSP scholars Maximillan Yam and Sean He, mentored by Dr. Yusuf Danisman

Dr. Carolyn King with CRSP Mentee Martina Hove

Dr. Carolyn King with CRSP Mentee Martina Hove

Dr. Esma Yildirim with CRSP Mentee Arafat Akon

Dr. Esma Yildirim with CRSP Mentee Arafat Akon

Dr. Huixin Wu with CRSP Mentee Matthew Smith

Dr. Huixin Wu with CRSP Mentee Matthew Smith

Dr. Mark Zelcer and Dr. Michael DeMarco, mentors to Ziyue Du

Dr. Mark Zelcer and Dr. Michael DeMarco, mentors to Ziyue Du

Dr. Monica Trujillo with CRSP Mentee Anna Liu

Dr. Monica Trujillo with CRSP Mentee Anna Liu

Dr. Patrick Byers with CRSP Mentee Kaitlyn Murphy

Dr. Patrick Byers with CRSP Mentee Kaitlyn Murphy

Dr. Paul Marchese with CRSP Mentee Yaakoub Muslemani

Dr. Paul Marchese with CRSP Mentee Yaakoub Muslemani

Dr. Rex Taibu with CRSP Mentee Nina Zabat Borja

Dr. Rex Taibu with CRSP Mentee Nina Zabat Borja

Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine with CRSP Mentees Elijah Bernard and Ho Martin Yuen

Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine with CRSP Mentees Elijah Bernard and Ho Martin Yuen

Dr. Zeynep Akcay Ozkan with CRSP Mentee Yuanhong Yu

Dr. Zeynep Akcay Ozkan with CRSP Mentee Yuanhong Yu

CRSP Events

Fall 2022

Date / Location 

Event 

Description 

Fri., Sept. 30th 

10–11:30 am  

Location: Oakland Dining Room, QCC 

CRSP Orientation 

Faculty-student teams will attend program orientation and review program requirements and event schedule. Students will submit all required paperwork. Faculty and student stipend forms will be completed. 

Oct. 3rd-7th  

All outstanding CRSP student stipend and program paperwork due: 

  • Online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training completion certificate 
  • Acceptance Letter from mentors and students 
  • I-9 form and supporting documents 
  • W-9 form 

Upload RCR certificate and outstanding documents to the QCC Dropbox 

 Also, E-mail the RCR certificate to JChabra@qcc.cuny.edu  and CDenny@qcc.cuny.edu 

Wed., Oct. 12th  

1-2 pm  

Location:  

L-302 STEM students;  

L-311 for Humanities, Social Sci, & Health  students 

 

Wed., Oct. 19th 

1-2 pm 

(repeat session online)  

Library Research Workshop 

Project Specific guidance. 

2 groups: STEM and non-STEM students 

 

 

 

  Repeat STEM Workshop  

Presented by Profs. Christine (Mi-Seon) Kim and John Schriner. Take your CRSP project title. Learn how to find scholarly sources using library databases and how to cite sources in the proper format. 

Fri., Oct. 14th  

12-2 pm 

Location: S-414 

Lab Safety Workshop  

for Chemistry & Biology students 

 

Presented by Mr. Mel Rodriguez, 

Chemical Hygiene and Health and Safety Officer. 

Wed., Oct. 19th  

1-2 pm  

Zoom

Meeting ID: 848 2954 1422
Passcode: 432393

Social Sciences Research Practices Workshop 

Presented by Dr. Jody Resko and Dr. Patrick Byers, 

  Professors of Social Sciences 

Fri., Oct. 21st 3-4 pm 

Location:  

S-412 

 

Wed., Oct. 26th 1-2 pm  

Online 

Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Workshop 

E-mail certificate for Online portion by Friday, October 7th 5:00 pm. 

Complete Part 1 Online by October 7th. Complete Part 2 with Ms. Jennifer Chabra 

E-mail certificate to 

JChabra@qcc.cuny.edu and

CDenny@qcc.cuny.edu 

Wed., Nov. 9th 

1-2 pm 

Location: S-412 

Poster Preparation & Presentation Tips – for Undergraduate Research (UR) day 

Presented by Dr. Paul Sideris 

Learn valuable tips for conference poster preparation & presentations 

Fri., Dec. 2nd  

10 am – 3:30 pm 

Location: Student Union 

Undergraduate Research (UR) day Presentations 

Abstracts due: November 11th 

All QCC students/faculty present on UR projects 

 


Spring 2023

Feb. 8th: CRSP Spring Welcome Back Meeting

Feb. 22nd: Resume Writing Workshop

March 15th: Speech Workshop

April 26th: LinkedIn Workshop

May 5th: QCC Spring Student Symposium

Special Congratulations to the students who won presentation awards at the 2022 CRSP Summer Symposium

  1. Tsz Wa Ellen Chu, mentored by Dr. Amy Traver on the project: Children on the move and in the news: Reports of Child Emigres in New York State Media 1853-1929
  2. Shaniakay Williams, mentored by Dr. Mangala Tawde on the project: Antimicrobial Resistance in Environmental Microbes
  3. Elijah Bernard, mentored by Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Michael Keating (CCNY) & Dr. Elizabeth Biddinger (CCNY) on the summer project (at the CCNY NASA Center for Advanced Batteries for Space) on: Development of Ionic Liquid and Solvate Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Lithium-Metal batteries

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