BCC Students Win at Research Scholars Symposium

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CRSP Virtual SymposiumThree Bronx Community College Students were winners at the 2021 summer symposium of the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP).  Bismark Yirenkyi, Miranda Marte and Olivia Williams were recognized for their project on the biological causes of autism. In addition, BCC’s Zouberou Sayibou was a featured graduate and Miguel Belen was a featured speaker at the virtual event held on July 26, July 28 and August 2.

CRSP funds year-long research experiences for associate degree students at all seven CUNY community colleges and three comprehensive schools. Students receive 320 hours of mentoring from faculty members and participate in biweekly workshops, public speaking, and poster preparation. Students receive stipends for their participation and present their work at a symposium each July.

To qualify for CRSP, “you don’t have to be a STEM major,” points out Katherine Acevedo-Coppa, director of the program at BCC. “And you can apply no matter where you are in your academic journey — from freshman to about-to-graduate, it doesn’t matter.”

Director Acevedo-Coppa knows the secret of the winning team’s success. “Bismark, Miranda and Olivia didn’t miss one workshop, they asked questions, they were very diligent. At the mock presentation before the symposium, they weren’t satisfied, so they presented a second time. Their mentor, Professor Rujin Tian, is really good with her students every year, making sure that they follow through, and it showed.”

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