2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

PRISM: Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math

Room 5.61.00, New Building
Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin (212.393.6489

THE PROGRAM FOR RESEARCH INITIATIVES IN SCIENCE AND MATH (PRISM) groups various initiatives aimed to support science and math students at John Jay College. The goal of PRISM is to provide support in students’ development toward becoming professional scientists. The PRISM Undergraduate Research Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in long-term, close mentoring relationships with faculty who provide training, personal and career advisement, and professional encouragement. Our newest initiative, The Junior Scholars Program, offers academic advisement, tutoring, and professional development activities to science and math students. In addition, we support the CUNY Justice Academy (CJA), a series of articulation agreements with partner CUNY Community Colleges, by providing academic advisement and outreach activities to CJA students transitioning to our forensic science major.

Each program has different eligibility requirements, but all students of any year majoring in forensic science, cell & molecular biology, toxicology, applied math, and computer science should explore our different programs by visiting our website, where they can make appointments with a member of our staff to discuss their plans and how each program could benefit them.

In the decade since its founding, 50 of the over 250 undergraduates that have participated in PRISM Undergraduate Research Program have gained admission to doctoral programs in STEM. If we expand this to include admission to any post-graduate education program (medical school, masters degrees, etc.), 120 PRISM graduates have gone on to these programs. PRISM has been recognized by CUNY, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Sciences as a model of excellence for improving the number of underrepresented students in the STEM pipeline.

For more information about PRISM and our incredible students, visit: http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/PRISM. You can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @JJCPRISM.