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John Jay’s Program to Aid Science Majors Gets $600,000 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

September 16, 2010, New York, NY – The U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) has awarded $600,000 for the support and expansion of John Jay’s Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM). The grant will fund additional student research stipends, travel to conferences, an annual newsletter and a website that will keep current and former students involved in the program.

“The grant has really taken it to the next step in terms of formalizing PRISM,” said Anthony Carpi, one of three Principal Investigators on the grant, along with Nathan Lents and Lawrence Kobilinsky. All three are professors in the Department of Sciences. “I think what this will do is expand the success we’ve been having in moving students from John Jay onto graduate PhD and MD programs,” he said. “It’s just fantastic that we will be able to keep up that momentum.”

PRISM was created in 2006 with the goal of streamlining the process whereby promising forensic science undergraduates are awarded stipends to conduct research. In addition, gain experience working in a lab, PRISM participants also attend professional conferences where they get an opportunity to present their work. Former participants in PRISM have gained acceptance to top-tier science programs around the country including the University of Miami, McGill University and Stony Brook University.

To view the PRISM at John Jay video, click here.

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