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 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.

Program Details

The program is a 10 week long research program that runs from May 30, 2023 to August 4, 2023" - "no later than March 31, 2022" should change to "no later than March 31, 2023". 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, 2023.


  • Community College Students Only
  • Full time student
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

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  • A $6000 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

 A group picture of the students and faculty that participated in the 2019 REU Program

Research Topics

Previous and current investigations include:

A Study on the Effects of Unfunctionalized-Single-Walled-Carbon-Nanotubes on Breast Cancer Cells Migration by Adkhamjon Soliev and Professor Regina Sullivan.

A Study on the Effects of Unfunctionalized-Single-Walled-Carbon-Nanotubes on Breast Cancer Cells Migration

  • Adkhamjon Soliev and Professor Regina Sullivan


Plot of star velocity and image of blackhole movement        

Into the Abyss: BlackHole Simulations in Dwarf Galaxies

  • Katheryn Chafla, Donovan Vincent and Professor Jillian Bellovary


Charts showing data collected from a pendulum

Exoplanet Transit:  A Journaey through the Neptunian Desert

  • Noel Castillo and Professor George Tremberger

 Image of a developed cell phone application and description

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 

Images of cosmic ray Detectors

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 

Graph of an X-ray absorption spectrum with a pre-edge fit

X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

  • Nadia Dob and Professor Sunil Dehipawala

Chart showing the hurricane Energy over time

Effects of Global Warming on Huricanne Behavior

  • Danial Mokhtari Sharghi and Professor Paul Marchese
Sonic Boom Propagation in Urban Landscapes by George Seaton and Professor Kimberly Riegel.

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.”

Campus Cultural Centers

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The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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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.