• News,  This Week's Paper

    QC STEM Academy grants opportunities for NYC high schoolers

    Working in a collegiate research lab while still in high school may seem a bit out of the ordinary, but the Queens College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Research Academy provides an opportunity for those who’d like to pursue those interests, regardless of age. The Academy states, “[The program] recruits high schools that lack a strong science research program and serve large, low income, underrepresented and minority populations.” High school juniors are recruited and selected to participate based on regents exam scores, GPA, submission of a general interest essay and review of their high school transcript. The QC STEM Research Academy offers a great opportunity for high school students…

  • News

    The Women in Tech Club present: A day in the life of a STEM major

    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was the question that guided The Women in Tech Club’s “A Day in the Life of a STEM Major” event on March 16. Female students from John Bowne High School and the Young Women’s Leadership School were invited to Queens College to learn more about the science and technology programs that the college has to offer. Over the course of the event’s two hours, the club’s President and Vice President, Charusmita Madan and Liza Liutova, as well as other female students pursuing math and science degrees, discussed both the opportunities and challenges that come with working in a field that…

  • Op-Eds,  This Week's Paper

    Op-Ed: Project START

    Project START is a nonprofit organization that exists at multiple undergraduate and graduate schools. Our initiative is to spark a science interest in fourth grade students through fun and interactive science experiments. Our program currently runs at one school, and it is working phenomenally. We taught four classes this past fall semester and are completing the rest of the grade in the spring semester. The fourth graders love our experiments and are eagerly expressing interest in most of the experiments we conduct. Furthermore, the faculty members enjoy our time there for two reasons: it gives them a chance to take a break in their busy work day and they get…

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Building Blocks: Colorful Mind, A Conversation On STEM

    “Wow Elaine, you’re allowed to sit at the big kid table with all the boys!?” was a part of the opening dialogue of Building Blocks: Colorful Mind which took place inside Colden Auditorium at Queens College. Written and acted out by several high school students from Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan public schools, the short play aimed to tackle the question of how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is taught and what impact it has on the diversity within the field. By interviewing around 36 people who work in various STEM related jobs, we are given insight not only into the mentality within the field but also the feelings of…

  • News

    Challenging sexism in the scientific field

    A survey released last month found just 13 percent of women are members at the National Academy of Sciences, a private, non-profit founded in 1863. Throughout the world, less than one-eighth of women are members of scientific academies. Dorothy Ngila, a researcher who worked on the study, said scientific bodies should reflect the diverse amount of people in the world. “They should make sure their panels and reports are reflective of the diversity of our world,” Ngila said. “You cannot provide advice to government using only half the team.” At Queens College, women interested in the hard sciences face a field where the lack of diversity may cause problems, such…