NSF REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates
National Science Foundation supported Research Opportunities in Physics, Bio-physics and Astronomy for Community College Students
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. Sponsors have included NIH RIMMS, LSAMP, NASA NSF and PSC-CUNY. The college is offering Research Experiences for Undergraduates this summer supported by the National Science Foundation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in current research projects in physics, bio-physics or astronomy and perform independent research 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.
We are monitoring the status of COVID-19 closely for any changes but considering the predicted vaccination roll out, we expect to be at least partially if not completely in person for the summer program.
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.
The program is a 10 week long research program that runs from June 1, 2021 to August 5, 2021. This program provides an opportunity to do interesting research in a wide variety of topics with individual mentors. In addition, basic research skills are highlighted including responsible conduct in research, statistics, data handling and presentation skills. Each student will have an opportunity to present their summer research at a symposium at Queensborough and will be encouraged to present and publish their results in other forums. Applications should be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.
- A $5000 stipend
- Travel support to and from campus
- An option to continue paid research with your mentor throughout the academic year
- A rich research experience and collaborative environment
Previous and current investigations include:
A Study on the Effects of Unfunctionalized-Single-Walled-Carbon-Nanotubes on Breast Cancer Cells Migration
- Adkhamjon Soliev and Professor Regina Sullivan
Into the Abyss: BlackHole Simulations in Dwarf Galaxies
- Katheryn Chafla, Donovan Vincent and Professor Jillian Bellovary
Exoplanet Transit: A Journaey through the Neptunian Desert
- Noel Castillo and Professor George Tremberger
Urban Noise: Development of sound recording application
- Kingsley Odae and Professor Kimberly Riegel
Urban Noise - Implementation of Acoustical Parameters
- Efrayim Marks and Professor Kimberly Riegel
Enclosure Design Assembly and characterization of Cosmic Ray Muon Detectors and Controls
- Austin DeMurley and Professor Raul Armendariz
Tracking Sagittarius A* with cosmic Ray Tracking Detector
- Nkeiru Ubadike and Professor Raul Armendariz
X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy
- Nadia Dob and Professor Sunil Dehipawala
Effects of Global Warming on Huricanne Behavior
- Danial Mokhtari Sharghi and Professor Paul Marchese
Sonic Boom Propagation in Urban Landscapes
- George Seaton and Professor Kimberly Riegel
- 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
- Dedicated computer research room
“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.”