The CUNY Research Scholars Program at Queensborough Community College

CRSP Orientation 2023-2024 cohort students
CRSP Orientation welcoming 2023-24 scholars and mentors.

About CRSP

The CUNY Research Scholars Program provides funding to facilitate laboratory and other research experiences for associate degree students over a one-year period. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research and to increase persistence in STEM and Social Science disciplines. 

In 2023-24, the CUNY Research Scholars Program at QCC is supporting 21 students and 19 faculty mentors.

CRSP scholars are expected to participate in the laboratory (or computer laboratory) experience for one full year and complete 320 hours of research/independent study. In addition to participating in research, student interns are expected to attend workshops on laboratory safety, Responsible Conduct in Research, and bi-weekly research/scientific career-related workshops. Student interns are also expected to present a poster/talk at the college level in the fall semester and at the CUNY annual symposium. 

Each year, the program culminates in a CUNY-wide symposium where students display and present their work to peers and mentors.

Student interns who do not complete the entire program and attend the program events will not qualify for the entire stipend.

Student Eligibility

Full-time associate degree students at any stage in their academic career can participate in research projects in the STEM and Social Science disciplines. Student researchers must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and commit to being an active participant in the program for one full academic year.

Student Support

Students are awarded a $5,000 stipend (paid in installments), conduct 320-400 hours of faculty-mentored research, and participate in structured activities on campus, including sessions on laboratory safety, library research, public speaking, and poster preparation.

Faculty Support

The program also provides compensation for faculty mentors in the amount of $1000 per student mentee. This amount is for one full academic year of the program. Faculty are funded to mentor or co-mentor a maximum of two students. Mentors commit to meeting regularly with their student researcher, overseeing their research, and fostering the student’s interest in their academic field.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 cycle of the program closed at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Applications for the 2024-25 cycle will open in August 2024.

Acceptance to the Program

The application process is competitive, as CRSP usually receives many more applications than we can fund. An external review process is conducted and informs cohort selection. Please refer to the rubric that is used in scoring faculty/student applications and selecting finalists. 


For more information contact:

Dr. Regina Sullivan,
CRSP Director for 2023-2024

CRSP 2023-2024 Scholars and Mentors

Student Name Research Mentor(s) Department Project Title
Alondra Rodriguez Jody Resko Social Sciences The Power of Autonomy: Exploring the Link Between Self Governance, Self-Direction and Academic & Career Goal Realization in Recent NYC Public High School Graduates at Queensborough Community College
Anna Liu David Sarno Chemistry Polyaniline as an adsorbent for the removal of metal cations from aqueous solution [Spring 2024]
Ashar Malik Andrew Nguyen Biological Sciences & Geology Analysis of the anti-inflammatory effect of tea extracts
Carlos Cordero Huixin Wu Engineering Technology Smart Oximeter
Davia Willis Celia Sporer Social Sciences Punitive, Punishment and Politics from the College Student Perspective
David Cen Cen Ousmane Sy Savane Engineering Technology Monitoring Chlorine residual and other quality parameters of water from internal plumbing system by season and water demand
David Han Guozhen An Engineering Technology Personality Recognition using MBTI model
Eunji Ahn Jun Shin Chemistry Determination of the Refractive Index of Solid Compound, Sodium Thiocyanate, by Newly Developed Extension Method
HanFeng Zhang Guozhen An Engineering Technology Personality Recognition Using Big Five Model
Ieesha Ansar 
Sharon Lall-Ramnarine  Chemistry Probing the Nanostructure of Hydroxyl-Functionalized Imidazolium Ionic Liquids [Spring 2024]
Jake Jacobo Mangala Tawde Biological Sciences & Geology Antimicrobial Resistance in Environmental Microbes
Jalen Nicolas Rondi Davies Biological Sciences & Geology Glacial History of Long Island, NY: Zircon Populations and Ages
Manisha Sarbani Ghoshal Biological Sciences & Geology Anticancer Effects of PolyRhodanine Copper Nanocomposite
Martina Hove Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Chemistry Designing Solvate Ionic Liquid-Ionic Liquid mixtures for Improved Li-Metal Battery Electrolytes [Spring 2024]
Mohab Hussein Esma Yildirim Math & Computer Science Network-aware Load Balancing for Cloud Storage Systems using Time Series Forecasting Models
Oscar Enamorado Dugwon Seo & Harold Gamarro Engineering Technology Leveraging High-Resolution Urban Canopy Datasets in New York City for Enhanced Weather Prediction
Shackeyb Baguaei Yusuf Danisman Math & Computer Science Comparing the performance of different machine learning algorithms on the prediction of stock prices
Shaman Mahmud (Tech Fellow) Wenjian Liu Math & Computer Science Probability Concentration Bounds and Applications
Shantal Edwards Jody Resko Social Sciences Investigating the Relationship Between Age, Gender, Social Media Use Frequency, and Body Positivity Reporting in College Students
Shelby Brage Susana Pinheiro Math & Computer Science Mathematical Modeling of Infectious Diseases
Stephanie Koester Esma Yildirim Math & Computer Science Positive and Negative Mood Detection Using Sentiment Analysis on Literary Work of Middle Grade Students
Yen Yi Shak David Sarno Chemistry Encapsulation and triggered release of fluorescein from porous polymermicrospheres
Yilong Xiao Andrew Bulawa Math & Computer Science Generalizations of Pell's Equation and Properties of Integer Solutions [Fall 2023]
Yosra Agouray Urszula Golebiewska Biological Sciences & Geology Electrical Signals in Mimosa pudica [Fall 2023]
Zebin Zhang Kostas Stroumbakis Math & Computer Science Secondary Statistical Research

Meet the Students and Mentors

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