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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. Students can also qualify to participate in a special C-STEP summer program.

Prof. Abdramane Serme is currently the C-STEP coordinator for the math department. Students who are interested in participating in the program but who do not yet have a mentor, or faculty who are interested in mentoring students but who do not yet have a student to mentor, may contact Prof. Serme, and he will try to match students with faculty.

To Qualify:

To qualify for the program, a student must:

  • Be a member of an underrepresented minority (African American, Hispanic or American Indian) OR qualify by economic guidelines  (Please see the application for a table with the economic guidelines for the current academic year);
  • Be a full-time (12 credits), degree-seeking student at BMCC;
  • Maintain at least a 3.00 GPA; and
  • Have lived in the state of New York for at least one year (be a resident of NY State).

Upon successful completion of the project, the student will receive a stipend.


In order to receive the stipend, a student must:

  • spend 5-10 hours per week working on a research project;
  • email the C-STEP coordinator a one paragraph description/progress report each semester; and
  • give an oral PowerPoint presentation at the end of each semester, and a poster presentation at BMCC Scholars Day, in March each year.


Click here to download the C-STEP application in Microsoft Word Format.

Faculty who have mentored a C-STEP student:

In the math department, the following faculty have mentored C-STEP students in the past:

  • Nkechi Agwu
  • Annie Han
  • Sofia Nayer
  • Elena Nogina

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