“We all know that there’s plenty of evidence that if you teach STEM a little bit differently, where your mind-set is not that of a gatekeeper … but your mind-set is to teach, students actually succeed. Everybody in the community is going to benefit, because we’re not just going to teach better to Latino students, we’re going to teach better to every student at Queens College.”

- President of Queens College, Felix Matos-Rodríguez

HSI-STEM Team and QC President Félix Matos Rodríguez at Queens College night at Mets game in summer 2018

"STEM plays an important role in our city, state, and nation and will continue to do so in the future. […] It is crucial that we attract students to the STEM fields, especially traditionally underrepresented students.”

Upcoming Presentations!

2018 American Association of College and Universities Conference in Atlanta, GA

November 8-10, 2018

The TEAM will discuss lessons learned to date in their work enhancing STEM progress in Hispanic undergraduates at two-year and four-year colleges.

17th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu, HI

January 5-8, 2019

The HSI-STEM Team will present two posters titled: "The impact of peer mentors on student performance in introductory STEM courses" and "Classroom behaviors of instructors and students in introductory math courses: A comparison of four-year and two-year colleges".

Past Presentations

2018 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in Atlanta, GA

October 6-8, 2018

The team joined a panel at HACU to tell the story of the first year partnership between two HSIs, QC and QCC, increasing student success in STEM at both institutions. The panel's title was, "STEM Bridges Across Eastern Queens: A Model Partnership"

Mentor poster presentations at undergraduate STEM conference at Queens College

May, 2018

PKAL Upstate NY Regional Network Meeting in Oneonta, NY

February 3, 2018

Two members of the team each presented posters at PKAL titled: "Using Peer Mentors to Enhance STEM Lab Performance: First Steps and Initial Findings" and "Changing Assessment Strategies to Help Improve Student Learning"

Webinar for the U.S. Department of Education

The team provided an overview of the grant and its activities and discussed implementation obstacles that had arisen so far. Team members also responded to questions from webinar participants around the country.

Association of American Colleges and Universities in San Francisco, CA

November 2-4, 2017

The team presented two posters providing preliminary information about classroom observations and course redesign in Biology and Chemistry introductory courses at QC and QCC.

CUNY Coordinated Undergraduate Education Conference

May 5, 2017

The team introduced the grant project and provided preliminary data for feedback at the CUNY CUE Conference, hosted by the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The presentation focused on the ways that classroom observations could inform project goals of enriching landing and gateway STEM courses to enhance minority students’ academic outcomes.