About Our Program

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The National Science Foundation recently awarded a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant to Queensborough Community College (Queensborough) and its partners at Binghamton University (Binghamton) and Broome Community College (SUNY Broome). Its goal is to support academically talented Queensborough Community College students who demonstrate financial need by providing scholarships and guaranteed transfer to Binghamton University. While at Queensborough Community College, S-STEM students will conduct mentored research and participate in a weekly seminar course. Students in the Queensborough Community College cohort will also have opportunities to meet their peers at Binghamton University and SUNY Broome by attending events locally and in Binghamton. Each academic year, cohorts will consist of 6 new students and 6 continuing students. More senior students will serve as peer mentors, and all will receive advisement from faculty mentors and support from their colleagues at the partner institutions with the goal of easing the transition to Binghamton University. Upon transfer, students will complete bachelor's degrees in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering and conduct research in smart energy fields that will enable a future of alternative energy sources and energy efficient technologies.

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Program Features

  • Up to $5,000 per semester towards cost-of-attendance for 4 years (2 years at Queensborough and 2 years at Binghamton University)
  • Guaranteed transfer to Binghamton University after earning an A.S. degree at Queensborough
    • At Binghamton University, a bachelor's degree will be earned in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering
  • Coordinated advisement at Queensborough and Binghamton University
  • Weekly seminar with S-STEM Scholars from all campuses
  • Cohort-building events locally and in Binghamton
  • Mentored research in chemistry, physics, or engineering at Queensborough
  • Mentorship by smart energy faculty at Binghamton University
  • Smart Energy research opportunities at Binghamton University during the academic year and summer
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  • US citizenship or permanent residency
  • Demonstration of financial need based on completed and filed FAFSA
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Full-time enrollment at Queensborough in Engineering Science or Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) A.S. degree programs
  • Interest in smart energy related fields, such as chemistry, physics or engineering
Student in the Chemistry lab with professor

How to Apply

Students should complete the Smart Energy Scholars Application to be considered for our program. Once eligibility has been confirmed, students may be asked to participate in an in-person interview.

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Please contact our Program Director: Dr. David Sarno

E-mail: dsarno@qcc.cuny.edu

Location: Chemistry Department

Telephone: 718-631-6058

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