Below you can find applications to the Undergraduate Research Program and the Junior Scholars Programs at PRISM.

JJ_PRISM_logo_undergradThank you for your interest in applying to PRISM’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP). You can follow this link to our on-line application. Please be aware, our new application has several short answer questions including one asking you to describe why are you applying to PRISM URP. If you prefer, you can work on these questions on your own (using Microsoft Word or Google Docs, for example) before starting your application and then copy and paste your responses into the application.

The deadline to apply for the 2018-19 academic year will be February 1, 2018.

APPLY TO PRISM Undergraduate Research Program HERE

The questions you will be asked are:

  • Have you discussed, or are you planning to discuss, with a prospective mentor(s) about joining her/his lab? If so, with whom?
  • Please describe a science project you have done, a science topic you are interested in, a technical training or lab experience, a science class experience, or a research experience you have participated on.What did you learn about the process of science from this experience?
  • What are your professional/career interests (what do you want to do after John Jay)? Why do you want to do/study/join this field?
  • How will being part of PRISM’s Undergraduate Research Program help you achieve those goals?

You will also need to upload a PDF of your transcript. You can do so on CUNYfirst.


PRISM Undergraduate Research Program is open to all science and math students at John Jay College.  In order to be eligible for this Program, you must have:

  • officially declared your major as either forensic science (FOS), cell & molecular biology (CMB), toxicology (TOX), or computer science (CSIS) by the end of the 2017-18 academic year;
  • earned a minimum GPA of 2.5 (FOS, CMB & TOX majors) or 3.0 (CSIS majors) by the end of the 2017-18 academic year;
  • successfully completed your first year introductory coursework (modern biology and general chemistry for FOS, CMB & TOX majors) or object-oriented computing (CSIS majors) by the end of the 2017-18 academic year;
  • identified one or two prospective labs to join before applying (you can learn more about our faculty’s research projects here and here), and discussed your plans with your prospective faculty mentor(s) (by the end of the 2018 spring semester);

Candidates are evaluated on their academic performance, career goals, and preparation to become an undergraduate researcher. Students at John Jay or at one of our partnering colleges may apply as early as their freshman year to begin in the summer before their sophomore year, though preference is given to students completing their sophomore year.  Admission to our Program is competitive.

APPLY TO PRISM Undergraduate Research Program HERE



JJ_PRISM_logo_juniorIn this page you can find the application for the PRISM Junior Scholars Program. Only finalized applications will be recorded and evaluated, you cannot come back to complete it at a later time. Completing the application will take you between 15-20 minutes. Before you begin, you should also download a copy of your FAFSA as one of our grants requires we report information present there.

**Applications to PRISM Junior Scholars are in a first come-first served, as our funding is limited. Due to our successful enrollment, we can no longer guarantee stipends to students applying. We still recommend you fill out the application as we are trying to secure further funds to serve our students and we would like to give priority to students applying on our website.


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