Please consider serving as a mentor in the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP). You may be approached by students interested in conducting research or contact promising students yourself to advance your scholarly endeavors.

The CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is a year-long program that provides full-time students enrolled in associate’s degree programs with funded opportunities for research with a faculty mentor. In addition to participation in research, the program includes mandatory workshops on lab safety, responsible conduct in research, and other research-related skills. Students must also complete training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), submit an abstract, prepare a poster, and participate in the CSI Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring semester, as well as participate in the CUNY-wide summer symposium at the conclusion of the program.

Participating students commit to one full academic year plus the summer program, ~400 hours* of research/independent study. The following is the program’s suggested hourly commitment for students:


Fall semester:                        60 hours or ~ six hours/week                              $1,000

Spring semester:                   60 hours or ~ six hours/week                              $1,000

Summer:                                 280 hours – 35 hours/weeks – eight wks           $3,000


*The student and mentor should come to an agreement about how to distribute the 400 hours.

The funding for CSI CRSP students will support 20 students (at $5,000 per student).

There is funding support for CRSP faculty mentors ($1,200 per student) for research equipment/supplies or summer salary.


Full-time associate’s degree students at any stage in their academic career can participate. To maintain eligibility, students must be full-time, and engage in research experiences in the Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) disciplines. At this time, nursing is not considered a STEM discipline.

Student Application Procedure:

Students must submit an online application and provide a commitment to mentor letter from the research mentor specified in the application.


For any questions regarding the application and the program, please contact the program coordinator Maria Ivanova at

Thank you for willingness to be a research mentor and considering this opportunity for our students.