Peer Mentor Office Hours

Starting on Tuesday, 9/5, Queens College and Queensborough Community College students can enjoy some additional support. Peer mentor office hours will allow students to consult with fellow biology and chemistry students who are all too familiar with the opportunities and challenges that undergraduates face.

Due to renovations this coming week, office hours will be held in Razran 360

Teaching mentors how to mentor

Peer Mentor Training Week

We’re very excited to begin training sessions next week with our talented team of peer mentors! With their biology and chemistry content knowledge and their shared experiences as students, this team will form an integral component of the HSI-STEM project’s ongoing efforts to unlock the potential of our STEM learners.

The training sessions will be held at the following locations, days, and times:

  • 8/21 Monday 10 – 2
  • 8/22 Tuesday 10 – 3:30
  • Razran 312 8/23 Wednesday 10 – 2 (with a reception at 2:30)
  • 8/24 Thursday 10 – 2

You can contact the HSI-STEM project team with any questions at HSI.STEM[at]

HSI-STEM Events Calendar


Summer Workshop

From June 5th through the 9th, the Bridges Across Eastern Queens team—as well as Queens College President Felix Rodríguez and several guest speakers—convened at the President’s Residence in Douglaston, Queens for a week of conversation, planning, and professional development supplemented by online activities.


Attendees discussed how to assess the state of student knowledge in order to decide how best to build on it, they compared notes on course climate and its effects, they discussed the implementation of tools like exam wrappers, and they made decisions on how to enrich target and landing courses in the coming semester.

Thank you to everyone who came out for sharing your pedagogical insights! We look forward to working with you in the coming semester on this important project.

Resources, including audio and video clips from the workshop can be reviewed here. Just scroll down.



HSI-STEM Presents at CUNY CUE Conference

The HSI-STEM team introduced the grant project and provided preliminary data for feedback at the Coordinated Undergraduate Education Conference, hosted by the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The presentation focused on the ways that classroom observations would inform the project’s goals of enriching landing and gateway STEM courses for the betterment of students.

Conference Program

Presentation abstract:

STEM Bridges Across Eastern Queens: A Cross-Campus Collaboration College

Queens College has partnered with Queensborough Community College in a project designed to increase STEM majors among underrepresented students. A key element of the project is a redesign of STEM gateway courses driven by data collected during classroom observations. These observations make use of two protocols, one segmented, the other holistic. The first is a modified version of the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM, run on the Generalized Observation and Reflection Platform, which categorizes discrete time periods according to instructor and student behavior. The second is a modification of the U Teach Observation Protocol that captures subjective assessments including evaluations of the class learning environment and instructor preparedness. Both observational tools are currently undergoing pretesting as part of the redesign phase of the project. During this interactive presentation, preliminary observational data will be summarized and participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use both protocols.

Meng Announces Nearly $1 Million Federal Grant for Queens College

From Congresswoman Grace Meng’s Website

“U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) announced today that Queens College has been awarded a nearly $1 million federal grant for its Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM Program, an initiative to improve and expand the school’s capacity to service Hispanic and other low-income students.

The funds, allocated by the U.S. Department of Education, total $968,562 and will be used to help more Hispanic and low-income students graduate with majors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The project is renewable annually for up to five years, with a projected budget totaling $5.6 million.

According to the Department of Education, colleges in the United States are not producing enough STEM graduates to meet workforce demands. The grant addresses the problem by targeting the decrease in STEM majors among traditionally underrepresented students.”

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Schumer, Gillibrand announce nearly $7 million in federal funds for science, technology, engineering & math education

From Senator Chuck Schumer’s Website:

“As our economy continues to transition to the 21st century we need our students and education system to keep pace, and that’s why this is a smart investment,” said Senator Schumer. “Young adults across the New York City region must be college- and career-ready to meet the demands of today’s specialized STEM industries. These funds will help provide our local colleges and Hispanic-serving institutions with the tools they need to provide quality education for our students. I will continue to do everything in my power to help New York students prepare for the future and reach their fullest potential.”

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