BMCC-NYU Pipeline Opportunities for Intercollegiate STEM Education (POISE)

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The Pipeline Opportunities for Inter- Collegiate Stem Education (POISE) Program is a collaboration between the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and the College of Arts and Science (CAS) at New York University (NYU) to create a pipeline for sophomore-standing BMCC students from underrepresented minority groups[1] pursuing STEM (specifically science, computer science, and math) disciplines.

BMCC and NYU Mentors for Students

These students will be supported and mentored by BMCC and NYU faculty, staff, and students, in addition to the ongoing support provided by BMCC. Each year, BMCC will identify a cadre of prospective students who will be invited to submit an application to participate in the POISE program. The preferred student will have an overall 3.5 or higher GPA and is eligible for graduation from BMCC in spring semester. Applicants should be US citizens/permanent residents.

NYU Activities

Selected students will participate in a variety of NYU activities aimed at helping them continue to succeed academically and to transfer to four-year colleges. Some of these activities include

  • Workshops and specialized advising related to applying, gaining admission, and financing the Bachelor of Arts degree
  • Access to course-based tutoring support
  • Access to the NYU Bobst library
  • Active participation in the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) and its subsidiary groups Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) and Women of Excellence, Strength, and Tenacity (WEST)
  • Participation in other NYU wide activities

NYU Peer Mentors

Participating students will be assigned to an NYU student peer mentor, have access to a CAS advisor and, where applicable, have a faculty research mentor.

The objective of the POISE program is for BMCC students to become connected and engaged with the AAP community and to introduce them to all that NYU has to offer. Additionally, POISE will strive to help students prepare for and be successful in their transition to four-year colleges. Students completing the program who apply and are admitted to NYUCAS will be eligible to receive full need funding (up to five fully funded student scholarships).


If you have any questions regarding the POISE program, contact Dean Michael Hutmaker or Provost Erwin Wong.

[1] Groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences include students who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

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