Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC)

Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC)

Dear John Jay students:

Welcome to the world of research at John Jay!

Our office is here to assist, support, and guide you through the exciting steps of getting started with research. Or, if you are already engaged in a fascinating research project working with a faculty member, we can help you explore your funding support options and future opportunities.

Regularly check our webpage for updates on events and explore our updated postings on research scholarships. If you have specific questions, please schedule an individual advisement session with me (see contact to the left). Whether you are an incoming undergraduate student with no research experience, a graduate student searching for a faculty mentor or a transfer student wanting to connect with the community – your research experience will be an invaluable asset for your academic and professional career and we are here to help.

Here are our three major objectives:

1. Fostering early engagement to support future academic and professional success:

woman holding a sign that says "Your journey starts here"Do not underestimate the power of the inquiry and the life-long benefits of conducting research early in your college career. And, remember - anyone can do research! In fact, we all conduct research every day. How? By asking vital questions, engaging in systematic processes to find truths, and sharing our findings with those around us. The critical thinking skills you acquire through the research process will help you thrive in any classroom or work environment. Research connects and is connected to everything: Policy, scholarship, public service, journalism, to name a few, all rely on the facts derived from rigorous research. Without the information garnered through research, effective learning and educated decision-making are impossible.

What are you waiting for? Get started now!

2. Developing effective research mentorship:

illustration of white paper planes following a red paper planeResearch shows that long term mentoring relationships with faculty and/or participation in research labs improve students’ academic adjustment, retention, and academic success; develops their team work and leadership skills; hones their communication, writing, and presentation skills; and is overall associated with a wide range of favorable behavioral, health-related, motivational, and career outcomes. It is also a life-altering experience that is fun, engaging, and challenging.

So stop by my office and let’s find your mentor match!

3. Building community through opportunities:

many hands bumping fistsTrue to the New York spirit, John Jay proudly has the most diverse student body among CUNY’s senior colleges, representing 130+ nationalities and with 42% of students who are first in their family to attend college. We understand that finding new friends and creating community can be a challenge in such a new and distinct environment. Our research community is vast, robust, and vibrant. We will connect you to research cohorts and labs, inform you of cross campus research trainings, and invite you to workshops and seminars relevant to your research. We also help you network beyond the John Jay College setting, in order to maximize your chances of finding just the right internship or volunteer placement and prepare you for your academic and professional future.

Get into the team spirit and join us!


Contact the Assistant Director (osrc@jjay.cuny.edu) to make an appointment.

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