Student Opportunities

The Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY is looking for talented scientists to join us in advancing interdisciplinary research and pursuing scientific breakthroughs that enhance our fundamental knowledge and support the public good.

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Graduate Academic Programs

Students enrolled in graduate-level science programs across CUNY may have the opportunity to train and conduct research at the CUNY ASRC.

Use the charts below to explore doctoral and masters programs offered by The Graduate Center, CUNY and The City College of New York, along with the their relevant ASRC Initiatives.

Doctoral (Ph.D.) Programs


Offered by The Graduate Center, CUNY

Program Application Deadline Nanoscience Photonics Structural Biology Neuroscience Environmental Sciences
Biochemistry January 1 X X X
Biology January 1 X X X
Chemistry January 1 X X X
Earth and Environmental Science December 15 X
Physics/Physics Photonics Track January 10 X X X X
Neuroscience Collaborative December 1 X
Computer Science January 8 X

Offered by The City College of New York

Program Application Deadline Nanoscience Photonics Structural Biology Neuroscience Environmental Sciences
Biomedical Engineering January 15 X
Chemical Engineering December 31 X X
Civil Engineering
(Environmental, Structure, Transportation)
May 1 X
Electrical Engineering February 15 X X X
Mechanical Engineering TBD X X

Masters (M.S.) Programs


Offered by The Graduate Center, CUNY

Program Application Deadline Nanoscience Photonics Structural Biology Neuroscience Environmental Sciences
Cognitive Neuroscience April 15 X
Data Analysis and Visualization April 15 X
Data Science April 15 X
Nanoscience TBA X

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP)

CSURP is a ten-week summer program that offers a hands-on research experience and is open to students interested in five key research areas: environmental science, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology.

In addition to hands-on research in one of the ASRC laboratories, CSURP students are offered limited free housing, metrocards and programming.  The programming includes research seminars, presentations on career development, a communications workshop and a behind the scenes tour of the American Museum of Natural History.

The program culminates in a poster session where all CSURP students present their work to faculty and research staff at the ASRC.

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CREST Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low Dimensional Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREST IDEALS REU) 

The NSF CREST Center IDEALS Research Experience for Undergraduates Program is a 10-week summer program at The City College of New York. The program offers hands on research in state-of-the-art facilities in the areas of Nanoscience and Materials Science hosted by faculty in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics.

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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Columbia University

The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and CCNY supports outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each summer. In addition, a joint REU program between Columbia and the ASRC may have additional openings. Those selected will participate fully in an interdisciplinary research program encompassing two research thrusts around the theme of building higher dimensional materials from lower dimensional structures with unprecedented levels of control. During the program, all REU students will also be involved in workshops, visits to local industry, training, recreational activities, a symposium of presentations by students, and other activities.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign (B3-REU) at The City College of New York (CCNY)

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program in Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Biodesign (B3-REU) is a research initiative at CCNY comprised of members of the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

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High School Research Opportunities

Research in Materials Science Program (RIMS)

The Research in Material Science (RIMS) program hosts high school students for summer internships to carry out hands-on research for 8 weeks in laboratories throughout the ASRC. Students are chosen from a competitive pool of applicants that are selected in partnership with the Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF). The students are provided a generous stipend to support them over the summer, and in addition to their research activity participate in a number of career development seminars. This program has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Army Research Office, and American Chemical Society Project SEED, and the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation. Program Managers: Prof. Adam Braunschweig, Associate Professor, ASRC & Andrew Levine, PhD Student, Graduate Center/ASRC.