Hunter College is committed to supporting undergraduates who are interested in participating in research. The Office of the Provost coordinates several initiatives to support undergraduate research including: the Undergraduate Research Initiatve which supports student-faculty research collaborations; an annual Undergraduate Research Conference that recognizes and celebrates student-faculty research; and Presidential funding initiatives for summer and semester-long research experiences within and outside Hunter. Hunter faculty strive to expose and socialize students to the broader research community by taking them to scientific meetings and co-authoring publications in peer-reviewed journals, activities that foster the development of future scientific leaders.
Hunter currently has several large institutional grants that provide unique educational opportunities for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in research, particularly members of racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, women, those who are the first generation of their family to attend college, veterans, and students with demonstrated financial need. These programs offer students critical resources such as mentors, professional development workshops, tuition coverage, stipends, and much more to help them succeed as they pursue their undergraduate degree – and prepare them for graduate study and careers in research, teaching or the health professions. A list of current programs follows:
The AstroCom NYC program is for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in physics and astronomy. The program matches students with long-term mentors to work with peers on real astrophysics research. The program offers training on all aspects of the field, offering summer research experience, a fellowship that stretches through the academic year and summer, a personal research laptop, and support for travel to observatories and conferences around the world. For more information, please visit http://cunyastro.org/astrocom.html.
BEST 4.0 is a program for nursing students who are committed to academic excellence as a scholar. The program is designed to enhance academic achievement and graduate individuals from underrepresented groups in nursing. The program targets Hunter College students taking nursing pre-requisite courses and Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing students. The BEST model allows students to channel their professional experience, educational training, and academic ability to complete scholarly endeavors and assume leadership positions in the nursing workforce. For more information, please visit http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing/initiatives/best.
BP-ENDURE (Blueprint Program for Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Education)
The BP-ENDURE program is designed to encourage and prepare undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enter into and succeed in PhD programs in the neurosciences. The BP-ENDURE program, administered through Hunter College, is conducted in partnership with New York University, Brown University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University to expose BP-ENDURE-trainees to a research-intensive curriculum and an environment of active research. During the academic year students will work with a research mentor at Hunter or NYU and during the summer in one of the partnering institutions. The BP-ENDURE program selects students from both Hunter College and NYU to participate. Hunter students will receive funding in the form of tuition remission and a stipend during the academic year and will also receive summer funding. For more information, please visit http://www.bpendure.org.
DIDARP (Diversity-promoting Institutions Drug Abuse Research Program)
Through educational enrichment and research experience, DIDARP (formerly “MIDARP”) encourages minority students to pursue careers in drug abuse research. Students work in the laboratory of a DIDARP investigator. For additional information, please contact Vanya Quinones-Jenab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Hunter/HHMI offers economically disadvantaged undergraduate biology majors the opportunity to work in a faculty member’s research lab at Hunter College as Hunter/HHMI Undergraduate Scholars. Hunter/HHMI also offers two summer research internships for undergraduate biology majors: the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island. For more information, please contact Dan Kleinman at email@example.com and/or visit http://www.hunterhhmi.com
LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is an alliance of 17 CUNY colleges and the CUNY Graduate Center. Students participate in faculty research and receive mentoring from senior faculty. For additional information, please contact Angela Padilla at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or visit http://projectstem.net
MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers)
The MARC program trains talented students in biomedical research and encourages them to pursue PhDs in this field. Students are offered a short introductory course in biomedical research, the opportunity to participate in faculty research, and the opportunity to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. For additional information, please visit http://: http://marc.hunter.cuny.edu
MBRS-RISE (Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement)
The MBRS-RISE program offers research experience and academic and financial support for undergraduate and graduate students at Hunter. For additional information visit rise.hunter.cuny.edu.
McNair Scholars Program
The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program program prepares eligible undergraduates for doctoral studies through involvement in research and scholarly activity. Participants acquire the skills and knowledge required for admission to graduate school and the successful completion of graduate studies. For additional information, please visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/mcnair
McNulty Scholars Program
At the core of the McNulty Scholars (John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math) program is the determination to create challenging learning environments that will inspire ambitious young people to reach the top ranks of science and math professions. The McNulty Scholars program aims to encourage students who are motivated in science and math to aspire to leadership positions across industry and academia. The McNulty Scholars program endeavors to support students who have a commitment to the advancement of women in math and science. For more information please contact Latifa Fletcher at Lf708@hunter.cuny.edu.
Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)
The Mellon Foundation’s original purpose for establishing the MMUF Program has been to rectify the problem of the underrepresentation of Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans in the faculties of this country’s colleges and universities. Involvement in the program means one-on-one mentoring with a Hunter faculty member, collaborating with a mentor in research projects and teaching, and curriculum development, attending professional conferences, and having opportunities to study or conduct research either at other universities in the United States or in international settings abroad during the academic year or the summer months. The hope is that such an experience will give students an enjoyment in a field of study and an advanced working knowledge about graduate programs and the academic profession, all of which will encourage them to pursue and obtain a PhD and enter one of this nation’s colleges or universities as faculty members. For more information please visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/mmuf
RAISE-W (Resource Assisted Initiatives in Science Empowerment for Women)
The RAISE-W program seeks to address training, productivity, and skills acquisition in all students interested in the empowerment and retention of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Program participants engage in 15-20 hours weekly hands-on research training in laboratory experiments with a faculty mentor. Students also interact with successful scientists during workshop sessions and receive private one-on-one executive coaching. There will be a one-day program orientation during the month of August. Students will have 8 sessions with their executive coach, and must attend semi-annual group meetings (one fall, the other spring). The coaching sessions are scheduled based on individual student schedules and in consultation with coaches. This is a two year commitment. All students who are engaged in a research lab are eligible to apply. For additional information, please visit http://www.raisew.org.