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Undergraduate research is an excellent and a risk-free way for you to try out being a mathematician. Many students are unaware of the multiple benefits of a research experience for their future career. Here are just some of them:

  1. Expanding your knowledge and learning certain techniques and methods that cannot be taught in a regular classroom;
  2. Having a special one-on-one mentoring experience with your professor;
  3. Being involved in real scientific research even if you don't feel that you are prepared to do it on your own;
  4. Getting additional writing and verbal practice while preparing for your presentation (in front of your classmates, other faculty members, club members, conferences, professional meetings, poster presentations, etc.);
  5. Getting excellent letters of recommendations from your mentors;
  6. Being able to write about your research experience in your application, resume, etc.;
  7. Getting research experience that is absolutely invaluable for your future time at a four-year college and in graduate school.

There are several possibilities for you to get involved in research projects. Some of them even have a monetary award or stipend.

Student Research and Internship Opportunities at BMCC

At BMCC, there are many different programs that give students the opportunity to work on a mathematical research project with a faculty mentor. Many of them come with research stipends.

Honors Program
The Honors Program at BMCC provides eligible students with academic challenges beyond the normal parameters of a particular course's requirements. Qualified students, working in close conjunction with a faculty member, on an honors Committee approved project, extend their knowledge of the theoretical or practical aspects of the course and develop or enhance their writing, critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills. To qualify for the program, a student needs to be free of all remediation and have GPA of 3.2. If students successfully complete all the requirements of the program, they receive an "H" designation for the course on their transcripts at the end of the term.

S-STEM program
The S-STEM program is a year-long program for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors. An S-STEM student completes a project or conducts advanced work in an area that is supervised by a faculty member. In order to participate, the student must be a STEM major, be enrolled full-time, be a US citizen or permanent resident, have at least a 3.0 gpa (or a 2.5 in some cases) and be in financial need. Should the student finish the project successfully, the student receives a stipend of $1500 each semester, including the summer.

C-STEP Program
Research C-STEP students participate in a one-to-one research project with a mentor from the BMCC faculty. The mentor and the student agree on a research project, and the student dedicates from 5-10 hours a week on the project. The student and the mentor meet on a regular basis through the semester. Every Research C-STEP student gives an oral presentation of his/her project at the end of the semester. In March, Research C-STEP students participate in the BMCC Scholars Day poster presentation.

In order to participate in the C-STEP program, a student must be a member of an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic, or American Indian) or qualify by economic guidelines. Students must also maintain a 3.0 gpa, be a resident of New York state, and be a full-time degree-seeking student at BMCC. After the end of each semester, if all research and presentation requirements have been completed, Research C-STEP students receive a stipend.

LSAMP Program
The Borough of Manhattan Community College Louis Stokes Alliance for the Minority Participation (BMCC-LSAMP) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a federally funded research and training program offered in all the CUNY institutions. It is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the City University of New York. Vice President Bragg is the main person at BMCC overseeing this initiative. The main aim of the BMCC-LSAMP program is to encourage participation by providing research assistantships and academic support in the science, mathematics, engineering and technology fields.

BMCC-LSAMP will like to increase the number of associate degree recipients from the populations who have traditionally been underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. To participate in the program,the student must be a member of an historically underrepresented group (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native), must be a full-time student with at least 12 credits (with one course in a STEM field with a grade of B or higher), and must have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Qualifying students receive $1000-$2000 per year, depending upon the number of credits earned, and students have the opportunity to participate in a summer program as well.

Internship Opportunities
The BMCC Center for Career Development has a number of internships opportunities for math majors or students with strong mathematics skills. They receive postings from a variety of industries such as Business, Media and Communications, Social Service/Non-profit, Government, and Medical (i.e. Hospitals). There are usually a number of positions available in the different departments such as Accounting, Human Resources, Finance, and even teaching assistant positions.

Some of the companies who post internship positions are:

  • Brant Publications
  • The Council of the City of New York
  • NYC Office of Management and Budget
  • CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development
  • Gouverneur Healthcare Services
  • State of New York Office of the Attorney General
  • NYC Department of Homeless Services

Some of these positions, like the SONY BMG internships, are unique in that students can design what they would like the learning outcomes of the internship to be.  

If you are interested in Internships in Mathematics, contact the Center by email, phone, or drop by during their business hours. You will be welcome to review the job listings once your resume has been reviewed by a career counselor.

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