The ASRC offers opportunities for students and the general public to learn about the work taking place at the center. Members of the community are welcome to attend our events, conferences and symposia including the City of Science series at the CUNY Graduate Center.


  • Core Facility User: Graduate students studying at any research institution are encouraged to utilize the ASRC’s high-end core facilities and instrumentation. Our expert, on-site core facility managers provide valuable training to ensure researchers make the best use of our tools using the latest procedures and techniques. More information about our core facilities and how to apply can be found here: 
  • Faculty Mentorship: Graduate students seeking to study under the supervision of an ASRC faculty member should visit the Graduate Center’s Office of Admissions website to learn more about programs in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Neuroscience, and Physics.  


  • CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (C-SURP): a ten-week program that offers a hands-on research experience and is open to students interested in five key research areas: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.
  • CUNY TRELLIS Summer Intensive: Community colleges are an increasingly important gateway to high-skill careers in STEM. In partnership with IBM and the Business Higher Education Forum, the ASRC is piloting programming to support students transferring from CUNY community colleges to The City College of New York (CCNY). The CUNY TRELLIS Program offers a summer bridge experience for STEM students transferring to CCNY and funding for academic-year research for CCNY seniors that started their college education at community college. The ASRC also provides career development workshops and networking opportunities with industry representatives throughout the year. Program Manager: Dr. Bernice Rosenzweig, Research Associate, ASRC
  • Joint Materials Research Center Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: the joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University, The City College of New York (CCNY), and ASRC supports outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year.  Selected students participate in an interdisciplinary research program that draws faculty from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and industry (IBM).
  • ASRC Science Explainers: Undergraduate students interested in science education, outreach, and communication may apply to lead field trips via the CUNY Service Corps.
  • Our ASRC Explainers are CUNY undergraduates who conduct tours of the well-equipped and impressive facilities at the ASRC, give informative overviews of the five initiatives and some of the research housed at the ASRC, as well as give comprehensive demos and even offer some fun and engaging experimental lab activities to high school students with the ASRC Scientists and Researchers.

High School

  • Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, sponsored by IBM: A free seven-week program for current 10th-11th grade girls to learn coding and get exposure to tech jobs. Financial partners for our program have included AOL Charitable Foundation and IBM. Program Manager: Camille Santistevan, Associate Director of Public Relations, ASRC
  • Rising Scientist Awards, co-sponsored by the Child Mind Institute: The Rising Scientist Awards are given annually to outstanding high school students in the New York metro area who show exceptional promise in research in the fields of child and adolescent mental health and/or pediatric neuroscience. Each spring the Child Mind Institute and the ASRC invite New York-area high schools to nominate one exemplary 11th grade science student candidate for this honor. Awards are presented in the fall, as the winners enter their senior year, at our annual On the Shoulders of Giants scientific symposium. Program Manager: Camille Santistevan, Associate Director of Public Relations, ASRC
  • Research in Material Science Summer Program (RIMS):  students are awarded a stipend to conduct original research for 8 weeks at the ASRC. Our students are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants provided by our local Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF). Funded by National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and American Chemical Society Project SEED. Program Managers: Dr. Adam Braunschweig, Associate Professor, ASRC & Andrew Levine, PhD Candidate, Graduate Center/ASRC
  • World Science Festival partner: the ASRC has partnered with the World Science Festival since 2015 to host events for the general public and tours for students in the World Science Academy, a pre-college program for New York City high school students and educators that provides exclusive access to renowned scientists in a multitude of environments. Program Manager: Camille Santistevan, Associate Director of Public Relations, ASRC

Interested in bringing in a group for an educational tour of the CUNY ASRC?

Please fill out this form to schedule a visit to the CUNY ASRC for your elementary, middle, or high school group.

What is the Science Discovery & Education Center?

Our interactive learning space features dazzling media and hands-on displays that showcase the fundamental elements and real-world applications of the research being conducted at the ASRC. Each initiative boasts its own immersive exhibit, while a massive 25-foot wall will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of modern science and how this research is relevant to daily life. Planned opening: Spring 2018.

Other questions?

Please contact Camille Santistevan, Associate Director of Public Relations, if you have any other questions about student opportunities available at the CUNY ASRC.

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