The CUNY Research Scholars Program at Queensborough Community College

CRSP-Closing-summer-2021.jpg(Closing Ceremony Summer 2021)

This program provides funding for students to engage in individual research projects with faculty mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social Science. Full-time associate degree students at any level of their academic career with a minimum GPA of 2.7 can participate.

Applications for the 2022-2023 cycle of the program are now closed and will reopen in August 2023. The program currently provides funding for nineteen (19) student-faculty pairs in the form of a $5,000 stipend for each student and $1,000 for the faculty mentor. Faculty are funded to mentoror co-mentor a maximum of two students.

All research projects should include some type of mentored laboratory/research skills training (hands-on or using lab software, computations, simulations or literature analysis).

Successful student applicants are expected to participate in the laboratory (or computer laboratory) experience for one full academic year plus a summer and complete 400 hours of research/independent study. In addition to participating in research, student interns are expected to attend workshops on laboratory safety, responsible conduct in Research, and weekly research/scientific career-related workshops. Student interns are also expected to present a poster/talk at the college level in the fall semester and at the CUNY summer symposium. Student interns who do not complete the entire program and attend the program events will not qualify for the entire stipend. Please note that the program includes a $3000 stipend for summer research, so mentors and students are expected to complete a portion of the research in the summer.

The recipients of the 2022-2023 scholarships will be announced no later than Wednesday, September 28th. Orientation for the 2022-2023 CRSP cohort will be on Friday, September 30th.

Applications are initiated by faculty mentors.

For more information contact:

Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine,


*Students cannot participate without a mentor

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
Charity Stone Regina Sullivan & Sarbani Ghoshal 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
Nina 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
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

CRSP Events

Fall 2022

Date / Location 



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 

required all 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


Wed., Oct. 12th  

1-2 pm  


  L-302 STEM 


  L-311 for Humanities,  

  Social Sci, & Health 


Wed., Oct. 19th 

1-2 pm 

(repeat sessions) 


Library Research Workshop 

Project Specific guidance. 

2 groups: STEM and non-STEM students 






Repeat non-STEM Workshop 

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 

Location: S-412 

Presented by Mr. Mel Rodriguez, 

Chemical Hygiene and Health and Safety Officer. 

  Wed., Oct. 19th  

  1-2 pm  


Social Sciences Research Practices Workshop 

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

  Professors of Social Sciences 

Fri., Oct. 21st 3-4 pm 




Wed., Oct. 26th 1-2 pm  


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 and 

  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 21st 

All QCC students/faculty present on UR projects 


Spring 2023

Jan. 30th: 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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