NSF REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates

National Science Foundation supported Research Opportunities in Physics, Bio-physics and Astronomy for Community College Students

Queensborough Community College is offering Research Experiences for Undergraduates this summer. Students will have the opportunity to participate in current research projects in physics, bio-physics or astronomy and perform independent research supported by the National Science Foundation. Those selected will receive stipends ($5000) and travel support to and from campus. Participants will be required to work on research projects, attend seminars and take quizzes. Participants will be encouraged to present and/or publish their results.

Undergraduate Research in Physics at
CUNY - Queensborough Community College

Department of Physics
City University of New York - Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364


Undergraduate participation in physics research at Queensborough Community College, a two-year college serving students in the New York City area, has been part of the college's academic program from over 20 years. Sponsor have included NIH RIMMS, LSAMP, NASA NSF and PSC-CUNY. Students work with faculty in the Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Technology Departments on a wide range of projects that aim to broaden their understanding of science and involve them in the acquisition, analysis and presentation of experimental data.

Research Topics

Previous and current investigations include

  • The study of exoplanets, supermassive black holes, active galactic nuclei and hot gas in the Milky Way using data from Hubble, SWIFT, Spitzer, Chandra and the college's telescope.
  • The analysis of DNA and protein sequences using statistical methods, fractal methods and entropy measures.
  • The investigation of transfected cancer cell migration using phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy.


  • Physics Laboratories
  • Laser and Fiber Optics Lab
  • Biology Labs and Collections
  • Observatory housing a 0.4m reflector with high-resolution CCDs, spectrographs and adaptive optics.
  • Academic Computing Center

Research Program Objectives

The chief goals of the program are

  • To introduce students to a variety of current issues in science.
  • To define and discuss useful methods.
  • To provide instruction in experimental design and efficacy.
  • To have meaningful faculty-student discussions on the experimental results.
  • To assist with the production of a presentation of each student's work at a conference.
  • To inform students of opportunities at four-year colleges and summer initiatives.

“This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0754673.”

“Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.”

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