Faculty in the Natural Sciences Department conduct research work here at LaGuardia and in collaboration with external institutions within the CUNY system and beyond. The Department hosts a research lab, which houses state of the art instruments and facilities. Students interested in conducting research are advised to discuss the opportunities available with individual professors in the Department. Click here to see the list of Faculty in the Department, check the research interests and activities of each Professor.
The Natural Sciences Department at LaGuardia attaches great importance to Undergraduate Research, and opportunities for such research activities are regularly available in the Department. Undergraduate research is a key element of science education in the modern world, and it provides a unique learning experience, which goes beyond the classroom, for students to progress toward their academic and/or professional careers. The success of the program in the Natural Sciences Department can be seen from the research presentations given by our students at many national conferences and symposia (New York State CSTEP conference, CUNY-AGEP Science Fair, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, American Physical Society meetings, and more), as well as research publications in high impact journals.
While conducting leading edge research, students gain valuable experience and a deeper understanding of the processes involved in conducting scientific investigations. Students also acquire new skills, such as learning how to ask questions that are relevant to the phenomenon being studied, creating working hypotheses, designing significant experiments, problem solving, interpreting and rationalizing data generated and effectively disseminating the results to others. The latter can range from informal communications within the Department to the exciting opportunity of students presenting their work at conferences or publishing manuscripts in journals. All these activities are great to enhance the students’ CV and, thus, improve future career prospects. Lastly, and by no means the least, through conducting research projects, students gain self-satisfaction, a great sense of achievement and contribute to knowledge generation in the world.
The CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) provides funded laboratory experiences for Associate degree students over a one-year period. The goal of the program is to encourage undergraduate participation in authentic research and to increase persistence in STEM disciplines. Students receive 400 hours of mentoring from faculty members and participate in programming offered at their campuses, including sessions on laboratory safety, public speaking and poster preparation. Please email Dr. Allyson Sheffield at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
LaGuardia Community College's 'Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program' provides mentored research experiences to qualified minority, disadvantaged or disabled students. The LaGuardia Bridges program has formed a consortium with three exceptional four year colleges, the City College of New York, Hunter College, and Queens College, to provide challenging research experiences in the biomedical and behavioral sciences for the STEM underrepresented college students (underrepresented minorities, the disabled, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds) that LaGuardia serves. Please contact Dr. Hendrick Delcham at email@example.com for more details.
Wnt Scientific, an NYC-based pre-clinical stage biotechnology company specialized in regenerative medicine, is looking for a funded internship for minorities, students with disabilities, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds to work on NIH-funded projects at company site. The goal of the internship is to address underrepresentation in the scientific research workforce, to encourage undergraduate participation in research at the biotechnology industry, and to enhance the education and career outcome of supported individuals. A candidate needs to submit a CV, transcript, and a personal statement describing the achievements and career goal for further review. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Na Xu at Natural Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Goldwater Scholarship supports outstanding students interested in research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The scholarship covers undergraduate eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per academic year up to 2 years. Please email Dr. Howard Motoike at email@example.com with any questions.
The Udall Foundation awards scholarship to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment. In 2020, the Udall Foundation awarded 55 scholarships of up to $7,000 each. Please email Dr. Amit Aggarwal at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Elsevier Women in S.T.E.M program is part of LaGuardia's broader effort to expand and strengthen STEM education. This long-term initiative seeks to provide new opportunities to LAGCC students and encourage diversity within S.T.E.M. fields. The scholarships include research scholarships to conduct research with a S.T.E.M mentor, child-care assistance and incentive to graduate scholarships. International students are eligible and should apply. Applications are open every Spring I semester. Please email Dr. Preethi Radhakrishnan at email@example.com with any questions.