About Our Program

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The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant to Queensborough Community College and its partners at Binghamton University and Broome Community College (SUNY Broome). The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in smart energy fields that will enable a future of alternative energy sources and energy efficient technologies. Academically talented Queensborough students who demonstrate financial need are awarded scholarships, as well as the possibility of seamless transfer to Binghamton University. While at Queensborough, S-STEM students will participate in a weekly webinar course, and may also have opportunities to meet their peers at Binghamton University and SUNY Broome by attending events locally and in Binghamton. Students will receive advisement from faculty mentors and support from their colleagues at the partner institutions, including many Queensborough graduates.

Priority will be given to applicants who are pursuing A.S. degrees in chemistry, physics, engineering, or mathematics and sciences with concentrations in chemistry or physics, and who are on track to graduate from Queensborough by spring 2023. Other majors may be considered if funding permits. Students who transfer to Binghamton are required to pursue their bachelors degrees in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering and may continue to receive financial support if funding is available. Additional eligibility criteria are found below.

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Program Features

  • Up to $5,000 per semester towards cost-of-attendance through spring 2023
  • Students who graduate from Queensborough before spring 2023 may be eligible for seamless transfer to Binghamton University
    • If scholarship support continues at Binghamton, students must pursue their bachelor's degree in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering
  • Coordinated advisement at Queensborough and Binghamton University
  • Weekly online seminar with S-STEM Scholars from all campuses
  • Cohort-building events locally and in Binghamton*
  • Travel and supplies funds for students involved in mentored research at Queensborough*
  • Mentorship by smart energy faculty at Binghamton University
  • Smart Energy research opportunities at Binghamton University during the academic year and summer*

*in-person activities will depend on campus access and COVID health and safety considerations

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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
  • Maintain full-time enrollment at Queensborough in a STEM A.S. degree program
  • Priority will be given to students who are
    • pursuing A.S. degrees in chemistry, physics, engineering, or mathematics and sciences with concentrations in chemistry or physics (other STEM degrees may be considered)
    • on track to graduate from Queensborough by spring 2023
  • Interest in smart energy-related STEM fields, especially chemistry, physics or engineering.
    • Students interested pre-med and other programs in the health sciences are encouraged to seek out other opportunities.
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How to Apply

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

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by March 11, 2022.
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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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