Bronx Community College Awarded $5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

$5M STEM for Minorities Grant to BCCBronx Community College will receive one of the largest grants ever awarded to a community college by the National Science Foundation—$5 million to fund scholarships for traditionally underrepresented students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The NSF “S-STEM” grant will fund a collaboration between Bronx Community and Lehman College to help support scholarships for 575 talented, low-income CUNY students. The program, which begins October 1, will provide students with paid research opportunities, internships and faculty mentoring as they earn associate’s degrees at BCC. Students in the program can transfer to Lehman and continue their scholarships and work with new mentors, earn bachelor’s degrees and prepare for STEM careers. The S-STEM scholarships will supplement the students’ existing Pell Grants.

“This National Science Foundation grant is yet another example of how our gifted faculty and dedicated staff work consistently to find new and innovative opportunities that benefit CUNY students,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “I’m particularly proud that this grant will fund the studies of students from diverse backgrounds who aspire to careers in the STEM fields.”

“This NSF S-STEM grant will help BCC as it builds a community of excellence,” said Bronx Community College President Thomas A. Isekenegbe. “The grant will leverage proven resources – on both campuses – to provide academically talented, low-income students with academic, financial, advisement, mentoring, career and enrichment supports intended to help them to secure a degree, further their education and enter the STEM workforce.”

“This NSF S-STEM grant will reduce financial barriers and create greater access to STEM fields for talented women and minority students,” said Vicki Flaris, a professor at Bronx Community College’s chemistry department, who will oversee the program along with other faculty mentors.

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 23 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.

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