On May 9, the 2018 Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Annual Research Symposium (BARS) highlighted the research projects of 92 students working with faculty mentors in a wide variety of fields, and presenting 68 posters highlighting their projects.
Guided by their professors, the students have been examining kinetic recycling, robotic navigation, virtual reality, graph theory, the bioactivity of medicinal plants, solar panels, human memory and a number of other topics.
“The 2018 poster presentations showcase the unique undergraduate research opportunities at BMCC, made possible by the dedication and academic excellence of our faculty, as well as the talent and commitment of our students,” said Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “I am thoroughly impressed with the caliber and significant outcomes of these research projects. They not only expand and develop the students’ education and career preparation, but also contribute to a rich and thriving research community at BMCC.”
The BARS posters were judged by 44 volunteers; staff and faculty members who followed a rubric focused on the quality of communication and other elements.
"This event is an impeccable illustration of students connecting to academics, faculty and the BMCC campus, which are the most promising ways to keep students engaged and on track to graduation," said Sara Crosby, Director of the BMCC Learning Academy and a volunteer poster judge. "I left the event feeling very proud of BMCC students, faculty, and staff, and with my brain full of magnetic catalysts, wobble bots, protein distance maps and reiki’s effect on C. elegans!"
At BMCC, students benefit from multiple research opportunities housed in departments as varied as the Center for Ethnic studies, Health Education, Modern Languages, Science and Business.
These opportunities often provide stipends for student researchers who work closely with their professors who are principal investigators on state- and federally funded grants provided through the BMCC Foundation Fund for Undergraduate Research, the Louis Stokes Allied Minority Participation (LSAMP), the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) and others.
Resources for faculty researchers include the BMCC Office of Research and Scholarly Inquiry, which provides training and support for faculty and student researchers. For more information, call (212) 220-8320, Ext. 7980.
Another resource is the BMCC Office of Sponsored Programs, which offers a wide range of resources to faculty and staff as they search for external funding, develop proposals and manage funded projects. For more information, call (212) 220-8010.