2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin

PRISM: Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math

Room 5.61.00, New Building

The Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) at John Jay College provides an opportunity for students in the natural, physical, and mathematical sciences to engage in the process of scientific research while completing their degree.

Early in the program, students attend seminars and training programs to better prepare them for research. Later, often in the sophomore year, students are matched with a faculty mentor whose research interests match their own. PRISM mentors work in a variety of areas. Students from biochemistry to environmental science, computer science, forensic science, mathematics, molecular biology, and toxicology; and students often spend multiple years working closely with their mentor to develop an independent research project.

In addition to direct research experience, PRISM students are eligible for monetary stipends for their work, travel grants for conferences, GRE preparatory help, and counseling on graduate and medical school applications and career planning. Students can also look forward to guest lectures and informal seminars with research faculty, scientists, and other professionals. The goal of PRISM is to provide support in students’ development toward becoming professional scientists.