The CUNY Research Scholars Program at Queensborough Community College

CRSP scholars and mentors for 2020-2021

CUNY Research Scholars 2020-2021 Cohort
Student Name Research Mentor(s) Department Project Title
Arnab Sharma Dr. Moni Chauhan Chemistry Metal Mediated Redox Reactions to PolyRhodanine Synthesis and its Application in Catalysis and Removal of Azo Dyes from Wastewater
Austin Hwang Dr. Mangala Tawde Biology Antibiotic resistance in environmental bacteria post- COVID 19
Benjamin Menchell Dr. Rommel Robertson Social Sciences Coronavirus Pandemic and Quarantine Measures Impact on Psychological Well-being and Sleep Quality in College Students
Christian Gomez Dr. Kimberly Riegel Physics Sonic boom propagation in a non-homogeneous atmosphere
Devani Mahabir Dr. David Sarno Chemistry Optimizing the formation of polyaniline nanofiber-ruthenium nanoparticle composites for the catalytic degradation of congo red
Edwin Goodridge Ramdhan Dr. Merlinda Drini Prelvukaj Engineering Technology The Applications of Raspberry PI in Exploring Internet of Things IoT
Feruza Turobova Dr. Sujun Wei Chemistry Synthesis & Characterization of X-Shaped Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells
James Hardat Dr. Joan Petersen Biology Monitoring birds in NYC Parks via field observations and eBird database analyses
Janice Williams Dr. Regina Sullivan Biology Investigation of genes involved in breast cancer cell migration
Jiajun Gao Dr. Yusuf Danisman Math and Computer Sciences Covid-19 Mortality Prediction with Machine Learning
Kainat Mughal Dr. Sunil Dehipawala Physics X-ray absorption study of iron in different plant species
Kaylyn Kelly Dr. Amy Traver Social Sciences "His back turned squarely on the city:" Child Emigration in the Empire State, 1853-1929
Madison Otway Dr. Celia Sporer Social Sciences Myth and Truths of Capital Punishment - Can Undergraduate Students Tell the Difference
Magnola Pierre Dr. Maria Mercedes Franco Math and Computer Sciences High-Impact practices in the mathematics classroom: what differences do they make?
Mehreen Mughal Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Chemistry Synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids bearing thioether side chains
Miaolan Chen Weng Dr. David Sarno Chemistry Porous microspheres of polyaniline and its derivatives for payload encapsulation
Natasha McGowan Dr. Sarbani Ghoshal Biology Inositol hexakisphosphate kinase 1 (IP6K1) is a novel target in obesity, insulin resistance and Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Nell Flores Dr. Dugwon Seo Engineering Technology Estimation of uncertainty calculation for Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements in unsteady pipe flow
Nicole Paulescu Dr. Urszula Golebiewska Biology Effects of Toxins on Action Potentials in Neurons - Computational Approach
Ornima Tyeshi Dr. Huixin Wu Engineering Technology Smart Virtual Room App
Paul Park Dr. Corey Stalerman Physics Designing and building an electronics data acquisition system for a cosmic ray detector
Sara Khan Dr. Andrew Nguyen Biology Study the interaction between STAT3 and estrogen receptor in osteoclast
Shorn Grant Dr. Raul Armendariz Physics Designing and assembling an electronics enclosure-housing for a data acquisition system
Siying li Dr. Wenjian Liu Math and Computer Sciences Big Data Information Reconstruction for the Multi-State Hard Core Model
Sumaiya Nasrin Dr. Andrew Nguyen Biology Examining the presence of Enterococcus spp. in water around NYC using loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), an alternative method to PCR.
Tamara Areizaga Dr. Monica Trujillo Biology Detection of the genetic signal of SARS-CoV-2 in NYC sewage water
Tyra Volney Dr. Paul Sideris Chemistry Preparation and Characterization of Composite Polyimide Substrates for Laser-induced Graphene Capacitors
Vanessa Iheme Dr. Celia Sporer Social Sciences The Worsening of the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and the African America Community.
Yingxin Liang Dr. Zhou Zhou Chemistry Study towards the Concise Synthesis of Hydrophilic Cyanine Dyes with Two Orthogonal Reactive Groups
Yingying Zhang Dr. Sasan Karimi Chemistry Synthesis of antimycobacterial pyrroles
Yvonne Rodriguez Dr. Jody Resko Social Sciences The Impact of COVID-19?Non-Traditional Commencements on High School Graduates' Academic Motivation and Post-formal Goals
Zheyong Piao Dr. Tirandai Hemraj-Benny Chemistry Investigating the Interactions between Imidazolium Ionic Liquids and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube for Supercapacitors Application

CRSP Events Fall 2020

Date / Location Event Description
Friday, Oct. 2nd 3-5 pm on Zoom CRSP Orientation Faculty-student teams will attend program orientation and review program requirements and event schedule. Students will submit photo release form.
Monday Oct. 5th – 9th All students complete online portion of the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training.
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Training
E-mail certificate to and
Monday, Oct. 5th – 19th Award letters sent to faculty and students Letters will include information about all forms due for Stipend: Acceptance letter, photo release form, W-9 and I-9
October 19th – 26th All CRSP student stipend and program paperwork due Upload to QCC Dropbox link provided by CRSP College Assistant: Ms. Ashley Mercado (
Fri, Oct. 9th 1-2 pm or Fri. Oct. 16th 3-4 pm; Location: Blackboard Library Research Workshop – Project Specific 2 groups: beginners & returning/advanced.

Faculty will be provided with a blackboard research course that will remain active for the entire year.
Presented by Prof. Christine (Miseon) Kim. Take your CRSP project title. Learn how to find scholarly sources using library databases and how to cite sources in a proper format.
Wednesday, October 14th 1-2 pm or Wednesday, October 21st 12-1 pm Location: Blackboard Writing workshop
Resources available in the Center for Tutoring and Academic Support (CTAS) for writing.

Follow up with CTAS weekly or bi-weekly to develop research paper. Introduction to the QCC Undergraduate Research Journal
Presented by Mr. Joseph Labozzetta and Ms. Jennifer Negovetti. Learn the difference between a traditional research paper and a review article. Discover how to get additional help and guidance writing your paper throughout the semester. Learn about the QCC Undergraduate Research Journal. Presented by QCC URJ Editor in Chief Dr. Rochelle Nelson
Fri., Oct. 23rd 3:10-4:10 pm on Zoom
Wed., Nov. 11th 1:10-2:10 pm on Zoom
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Workshop
E-mail certificate for Online portion by Friday, October 9th 1:00 pm.
Complete Part 1 Online by program orientation. Complete Part 2 with Ms. Jacinta Patrice-George.

E-mail certificate to and
Wed., November 11th 12:10 – 1:10 pm on Zoom Presentation Preparation – for Virtual UR day Presented by Dr. Paul Sideris
Learn how to prepare and deliver presentations virtually.
Tuesday, December 1st Outline / Draft of research paper due for review: Details provided in writing workshop Submit on Blackboard as instructed
Friday, December 4th Location: Zoom Undergraduate Research (UR) day Presentations All QCC students/faculty present posters on UR projects

The CUNY Research Scholars Program at Queensborough Community College

Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed. Applications will reopen in August 2021.

The Office of Research at Queensborough invites faculty-student teams to apply for the 2020-2021 CUNY Research Scholars Program. The application must be submitted by a QCC faculty member. This program provides funding for students to engage in individual research projects with faculty mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Social science. Full-time associate degree students at any level of their academic career with a minimum GPA of 2.7 can participate.

The 2020-2021 cycle of the program will provide funding for approximately thirty-two student-faculty pairs in the form of a $4,000 stipend for each student and $1,000 for the faculty mentor. Faculty will be funded to mentor or co-mentor a maximum of two students.

Remote research projects should include some type of laboratory/research skills training (using videos, lab software, computations, simulations or literature analysis/review leading to the development/design of planned experiments if possible).

Successful student applicants are expected to participate in the laboratory (or computer laboratory) experience for one full academic year plus summer 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 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 summer symposium. Student interns who do not complete the entire program and attend the program events will not qualify for the entire stipend.

STEM and Social Sciences faculty members who plan to mentor undergraduate research students this year are invited to apply for these scholarships together with their student mentees. Guidelines for mentor applications and Information sessions will be held prior to the application deadline. Student mentees are welcome to attend these events.

The deadline for submitting completed applications with faculty and student information is 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Faculty will be provided with a link to faculty applications. Research students will be e-mailed a separate link to submit their information upon submission of the faculty application. A review process will be conducted and the recipients of the scholarships will be announced no later than Wednesday, September 30th.

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