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City College of New York

Elaine Johnson

Elaine Johnson, the 2017 City College Salutatorian and Valedictorian of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, also received the Anthony and Marian Belli Outstanding SEEK Graduate of the Year award.  During her four years at City College she accumulated numerous honors and awards. Among the honors that she earned as an undergraduate are the Colin Powell and Jeanette K. Watson Fellowships, the Bernard R. Ackerman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology, membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, and SEEK Scholar status.  Elaine was also a Dean’s List student regularly.

While maintaining her excellent academic record, Elaine found time for community service. As a freshman, she began volunteering with the Peer Health Exchange, an organization devoted to empowering young people to make better health-related choices and thereby improve their health outcomes.   She has continued her volunteer work with that organization and is also active in her church.  Elaine has served as a SEEK mentor and tutor, eagerly sharing her knowledge and success strategies with other students. She plans to continue to work to empower the youth in her community by mentoring, tutoring, and spreading motivational messages through her website and offering online support. After graduating, Elaine will spend the summer at the University of Cambridge in England where she will be a research assistant on a project that focuses on the development of resilience in youth who have faced repetitive traumas. She later plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Safat Chowdhury

Safat Chowdhury graduated in 2017 with a major in environmental engineering.  Safat is passionate about service and political engagement and his activities as a CCNY undergraduate reflect those passions. He attended the Student Leadership Academy his freshman year and was inspired to take on a leadership position within the SEEK Club at CCNY. Safat provided guidance to assist with the revitalization the SEEK Club. He subsequently became an Undergraduate Student Government Senator (USG) and later USG President.

Safat’s many honors and awards include membership in Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society, attaining a SEEK Scholar and Dean’s list status, becoming a recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Renee Guttman Scholarship for Leadership, and the Distinguished SEEK Mentor award, amongst others.  Safat has interned with the Department of Environmental Protection for the last two summers and worked in a Con Edison co-op program as an Engineering Aide.  His most recent endeavor is a start-up that uses technology to connect students who are at risk of being homeless and helping them find jobs, housing and resources. One of Safat’s post-graduation plans is to start a SEEK Alumni Association and create a structure for connecting current students and alumni.

In his community Safat previously served as a board member for Queens Community Board 4 and a board member for New Visions Democratic Club.  In speaking of SEEK, Safat has said “The SEEK program gave the opportunity for financially disadvantaged students to pursue a lifetime opportunity when no one else did. It is through the SEEK program where I was able to define my life goals, and most importantly discover myself and who I really am.”


Anileyda, a first-generation college student, graduated in June with a B.S. degree.  She majored in biology and completed a minor in chemistry. A summer cum laude graduate, she was among a small group of students interviewed by the committee that selected the college’s valedictorian and salutatorian.  After graduation, Anileyda plans to take a year off to prepare for the MCAT exam and apply to medical school in pursuit of her goal to become a surgeon.  During her years at City College, she became an America Needs You Fellow, a SEEK Scholar, a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and a SEEK tutor. She has also gained experience with the health care system through patient advocacy and research. As a Latina majoring in STEM, she is keenly aware of the underrepresentation of Latinas in the sciences and in the medical profession. Anileyda hopes to contribute to the field of medicine and, as a physician, be an example to other minority students of what they too can achieve with hard work and guidance.

Jun Li

In addition to his role as a computer engineering student at the City College of New York, Jun Li has been actively involved in community service through his volunteer work at a local high school.  His coursework was enhanced by the valuable experience he gained through his research in the nanotechnology lab at the college. Jun has distinguished himself academically and graduated in four years with summa cum laude honors.  He was the third SEEK student interviewed and considered this years for top honors as the class valedictorian or salutatorian. Jun received the SEEK Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award and top honors in the computer engineering department. A SEEK Scholar and a tutor in the SEEK Peer Academic Learning Center, Jun has helped his SEEK peers achieve their academic goals as well.  He is grateful for the “tremendous help from SEEK counselors and the SEEK PAL Center” that he has received during his four years of enrollment.  Jun hopes to work in software development after graduation. His ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D. and work in a university teaching and conducting research.


Born in Accra, Ghana, Bassit immigrated to this country in 2002.  He graduated from City College this past June with a BS degree in psychology.  He selected this career path because it enabled him to combine his interests in science and psychology. He worked closely with a member of the psychology faculty and helped create a psychology peer mentoring program. Bassit also worked as an assistant in the autism research lab of a biology faculty member and as a student volunteer in the Harlem Hospital Health Leads Program.

While managing the demands of his coursework and other commitments, Bassit was a standout member of the CCNY Track and Field team for five years, winning several medals during that period. In addition, he co- founded the Medical Roots Project chapter at CCNY, a student organization that educates the public about self-care as a form of primary care. In acknowledgement of his extensive volunteer work, Bassit was given the SEEK Community Service award in 2017. Since graduating he is working in a research center at Columbia University, teaching a course at Bronx Community College through their College Now Program, and working as a Success Coach with Creative Connections, a youth development organization.

Baruch College

Shantel Deleon

Shantel is currently pursuing a BBA in Accounting, with a double minor in Communications and Political Science at Baruch College. As a High School student she gained three years of experience as a graphic designer and public speaker.

York College

Katsiaryna Hud

For three consecutive year York’s valedictorian was a Chemistry major and aspiring physician. Katsiaryna Hud was the 2014 deserving scholar who attended York as a SEEK student.

Lehman College

Albaro Guzman

Albaro Guzman graduated from Lehman College in 2015 with a GPA of 3.7 and a major in Mathematics. While at Lehman he was awarded an NSF funded Computer Science and Mathematics scholarship and a La Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx Scholarship. He received Magna Cum Laude honors and was a Presidential Scholar and Dean’s List Scholar. Subsequently, Albaro earned a Masters of Science in Teaching with a focus on Adolescent Mathematics Education from Fordham University under a Robert Noyce Scholarship. He is a NYS Certified Teacher of Mathematics 7-12 with a Bilingual Extension.  Since graduating from Lehman Albaro has been teaching fulltime for the New York City Department of Education. He has also taught for the Lehman College Mathematics and Computer Science department and  Fordham’s STEP program and tutored for SEEK at Lehman.

Julian Adames

Julian Adames is a former Lehman College SEEK student who graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics in spring 2016 earning a cumulative GPA of 3.57. He has been hired as a full-time Lecturer by the Math Department at Lehman. Julian continues to be affiliated with SEEK.

Tiffany Coke

Tiffany Coke is a Lehman College SEEK student who graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in spring 2016 with a cumulative GPA of 3.27. For the summer of 2017 she worked as an Adjunct Lecturer with Lehman College’s Freshman Year Initiative Program to teach preparatory workshops in general science and biology for incoming SEEK freshman students. Aspiring to attend medical school, Tiffany is studying for the MCATs as she continues to work with SEEK as an academic tutor and workshop leader.

Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela (Gabby) Rodriguez is a Lehman College SEEK student who graduated with honors in spring 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology and Public Health. Her cumulative 3.73 GPA is indicative of the tremendous hard work she put into her studies. Upon graduating, Gabby was hired as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Biology Department and later as a Non-Teaching Adjunct by the SEEK Department. Gabby also received the Sweeny Award, one of the Chemistry Department’s prestigious awards. Gabby has been an inspirational member of the SEEK community as a dedicated Academic Tutor because of her extraordinary success in many extracurricular student activities including internships, study aboard, and leadership in pre-med student activities. With aspirations to become a heart surgeon, Gabby is currently studying for the MCAT and plans to start medical school in the fall of 2018.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Naomi Mackliff

Naomi Mackliff graduated from BMCC with a major in Liberal Arts. She plans to attend Hunter College this fall.  With a double major in Religion and Early Childhood Education, she wants to become a NYC Pre-K school teacher. Some of her achievements at BMCC included maintaining a 4.0 GPA in two years. She is a recipient of the BMCC Foundation Scholarship, member of Phi Theta Kappa, Chi Alpha Epsilon and CD Valedictorian for 2017. Ms. Mackliff was a peer mentor and during her freshman year at BMCC, studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Raj Rana

Raj Rana graduated from BMCC with a major in Business Administration and is transferring to Baruch College, where he will be pursuing a degree in Finance. Mr. Rana aims to work on Wall Street.

Iman Mohammed

Iman Mohammed graduated from BMCC with a major in Science. She is transferring to Hunter College where she will pursue a degree in Human Biology. After completing her studies at Hunter College, Ms. Mohammed plans to enroll in the Master’s Physician Assistant program at The City College of New York.

Rafael Gell

Rafael Gell graduated from BMCC with a major in Theatre. He was awarded the Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP) scholarship from NYU to attend in Fall 2017 to study Media Culture and Communications, with a second major in Film and Television, and a minor in Sociology.


Lhamo completed her Associates degree in Business Management in fall 2016. She is presently attending Baruch College pursuing a degree in Business Communications with a specialization in Graphics Communication and a minor in Technology, Business and the Internet.

Kingsborough Community College

Shawon Bhuiyan

As a result of her perfect 4.00 GPA, Shawon Bhuiyan was one of three finalists for KBCC’s Class 2017 Valedictorian.   Although she was not chosen by the institution, she was acknowledged by the College Discovery Program as its 2017 CD Valedictorian.  In addition to her high GPA, Shawon earned the Guttman Transfer Scholarship, the KBCC Presidential Scholarship, and the Chemistry Major Award. In the spring 2017, Shawon completed her first semester of Chemical Engineering at City College. Despite English being her second language, Shawon excelled academically. It is especially commendable to point out that she managed to begin at the English 91 developmental level at KBCC after 2 years in the USA.  In her farewell speech at the CD Graduation Ceremony, Shawon thanked her College Discovery counselor for the support and encouragement she received. She named each supplemental instructor who worked with her and gave credit to the director and the front office staff for aligning the structure for her success.

Yamena Taha

Yamena Taha is a transfer student from College of Staten Island. According to her counselor, during his interactions with Yamena, she revealed how difficult it was adjusting to college life while at CSI. The hope of trying to figure life out while trying to please her parents became a burden for her. Because of these challenges, she decided turn to a new chapter in her life by transferring to Kingsborough Community College. Yamena and her CD counselor, Mr. Alexandre, had an instant career related connection which was able to guide her. Yamena was still hesitant about committing to any degree outside of the medical field. However, through her candid conversations with her counselor, Yamena realized she had a passion for helping people outside of medicine and healthcare. As they began narrowing down her choices, it was clear a career in Human Services was where she felt comfortable. One of her favorite quotes is “sometimes you have to take a step back to see if you are moving in the right direction”.

Sudirman Guaw, a Sports Fitness and Recreation major won The Physical Education, Recreation, and Recreation Therapy Award.

Kisha Hernandez, a Liberal Arts major won the Behavioral Sciences Award -the Bilingual Student of the Year Award.

Alma McCloud, is a Kingsborough Liberal Arts graduate and recipient of the 2005 College Discovery Student of the Year award.  Alma published her book What Is The Color of Madness. Born in Trinidad and a resident of Brooklyn, NY, Alma is a widow and mother of three.  She attended Brooklyn College, majoring in English with a minor in Education.

Gina Marie Montijo, a Mental Health major won The Mental Health and Human Services Award. 

Manimegalai Nadajarah, an Accounting major maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA and achieved:

The President’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship in honor of President Regina S. Peruggi;

The Accounting Program Award; The Lucille Nieporent Memorial Award; and The College Discovery Student of the Year Award.

Cynthia Rivera, a Bilingual Studies Program graduate of Cornell and the University of Virginia Law School is practicing in Washington DC.

Hostos Community College

Angelica Collazo is a Liberal Arts major who enrolled in Fall 2007. Her painting graces the cover of the Fall 2008 Hostos Community College Course Catalog.

Freddy Campos, was engaged in the Black and Latino Male Mentoring Program and was nominated to attend the Institute for Leadership Development Honors Institute.  The Honors Institute is a prelude to the Hostos Honors Program/Serrano Scholars Program. Serrano Scholars leave Hostos and attend Columbia University.

Mathew Pink graduated in 4 semesters in June 2006 with a GPA of 2.75 and received an athletic scholarship to Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.

Baruch College – Liberal Arts Academy

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM, July 9 – August 16

At the Baruch College Now Liberal Arts Institute you may choose from five (5) credit-bearing cohort courses and co-curricular, afternoon workshops that will focus upon on the completion of a culminating project. Courses include:

  • BUS 1011 – Introduction to Business (Marketing Focus)
  • BUS 1011 – Introduction to Business (Entrepreneurship Focus)
  • ANT 1001 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • JRN 3050 – Journalistic Writing
  • HED 1911 – Critical Health Issues

At the Institute you will receive a firsthand glimpse of what is needed to succeed in a college course and learn how to think independently and critically while promoting your intellectual and personal growth. Each course will award three college credits. Attendance at the afternoon workshop will be mandatory to receive credit for the morning course. All accepted students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation and maintain satisfactory attendance and academic performance.

Bronx Community College – EST 11: An Introduction to Energy Technology (Or How Things Work)

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

Have you ever wondered how many French fries it would take to fill a car’s gas tank? Or how much sun you would need to charge your phone every day? Or how much wind you would need to power homes? Or what makes an autonomous truck or Tesla car “go”? This exciting, hands-on, two-credit summer course introduces students to the basic features of what makes most things in the world do what they do: ENERGY. And when not learning about what makes energy so important for sustaining life they will most surely be creating and experimenting with it, for every day they will be in a laboratory learning about ballistics, turning cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, creating solar panels, building wind turbines, and manufacturing the kind of fuel cells modeled on the electric car. All along students will learn the nature of alternative energy sources so they can play a role in keeping the planet safer, sounder, and healthier.

Bronx Community College – New Media Arts: Youth ReMixing History

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

In the morning FYS 11 Course, students will have the opportunity to learn and better understand college options and careers .  They will engage in social topics, academic themes and college application and finally to recognize ideas that can enhance their academic abilities now and while in college through time management skills, note-taking approaches, and stress management.  In the afternoon, student will work with the Educational Video Center and collaborate on making a documentary.

Bronx Community College – Summer Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

In an increasingly high-tech and competitive world, learning computer skills has become not only an asset, but a necessity. Computer literacy helps to establish both analytical and technical skills required for interactive learning and student achievement. This five-week program helps students develop 21st century computer and entrepreneurial skills. In the morning college level course ELC 15: Computer Applications in Technology (2 credits), students will learn how to create business documents, spreadsheets, graphs, databases and presentations.  In the afternoon, in our exciting virtual enterprise workshop students learn to work in teams within a simulated business environment.   Students will gain valuable experience in exploring various job and career opportunities in a virtual business setting.

Borough of Manhattan Community College – Health Education

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

HED 100 – Health Education: This course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and behavioral models to enhance their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health as well as facilitate their health decision-making ability. The primary areas of instruction include: health and wellness; stress; human sexuality; alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse; nutrition and weight management; and physical fitness. In the afternoon, students will participate in daily discipline related workshops, sponsored by BMCC’s Heath Education and STEP departments.


Borough of Manhattan Community College – Sociology: Chronicles of Consciousness

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

PSY/SOC 100 – The inclusion of a Psychology/Sociology course with a focus on “Chronicles of Consciousness” will raise awareness of social and emotional issues that students will confront throughout their collegiate and adult lives. Students will synthesize these concepts and approaches as tools for articulating their own chronicles of consciousness (and crisis). The course also aims to provide students the opportunity to model best practices in writing, reading, analysis, and in the use of data, information, and digital technology for critical inquiry.


Borough of Manhattan Community College – Video Arts Technology

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

If you have ever walked by a movie or television show filming on the street and wondered what it would be like to be a part of that world, Introduction to TV Production is for you. VAT 100: Introduction to Television Production is combined with an afternoon workshop in which you will learn the ins and outs of video production and writing scripts in BMCC’s state-of-the-art television and audio studios and digital editing suites. In addition, you will meet industry professionals who will answer your questions about working in television; go on a field trip; and tour New York’s own Hollywood-style studio complex, Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. This summer, get ready for Lights, Camera, Action!

Brooklyn College – Aquatic Ecology Institute (AREAC)

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 2

Did you know that New York has more than 500 miles of shore? With that come lots of fish, crabs, seaweed, and other marine life you might not expect to find in a big city. As a student enrolled in Brooklyn College’s Urban Marine Ecology Institute, you will spend four wet weeks taking a hands-on 3-credit college course in urban marine ecology/environmental studies (the study of watery city environments) and conducting field and/or lab research. Along the way, you will also develop your scientific writing and formal presentation skills. Faculty and staff from BC’s cutting-edge Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC) will teach the course and supervise research. They will also lead field trips to salt marshes, an oyster farm, a wildlife refuge, and the ocean beach, among other destinations.

Brooklyn College – Urban Eco-Justice (Community Roots)

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, July 9 – August 16

Can a garden change how you see the world? This summer, you can earn three college credits in Environmental Studies (General Science 2050) as you work along with a team of students to transform unused space into green oases. You will spend time in gardens, farm markets and other inspiring, urban-outdoor spaces, learning about where your food comes from, where your garbage goes and why your actions matter. And you will use digital and social media to investigate, share and teach others about the ecological issues that matter to you. A green thumb is not required, just the ability to learn.

Brooklyn College – Pre-calculus Math Intensive

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:55 AM to 2:00 PM, July 12 – August 16

Are you a math whiz, excellent in trig and looking for a head start preparing for calculus? Then enroll in Brooklyn College’s Pre-Calculus Intensive program and study the concept of function, including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions. Learn about limit ideas. With personalized tutoring and college awareness component. Open to qualifying, rising seniors.

City College of New York – Summer Architecture Program

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, July 2 – August 9

CCNY’s College Now Summer Architecture Program offers rigorous coursework on the basics of architecture; critical thinking, aesthetics, structural integrity and the inherent properties of material. Drawing exercises and formal architectural theory provide a full immersion in this exciting field. Visits to sites of architectural interest and museums, such as The Cloisters and the Museum of Modern Art, round out the semester. In the 6-credit General Architecture Elective you will be assigned two major and concurrent design projects. The first involves studying and mapping two places in a comparison and contrast that culminates in a visual presentation. The second is a more traditional architectural design project in which you will build a model of a site, and then design a “habitat” for a particular client.

College of Staten Island – Summer College Experience

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, July 2 – July 30

Get a taste of college life and the credits that go with it this summer at the College of Staten Island. You will spend the morning in a college credit course of your choice and then apply that knowledge during a fun, hands-on lab/workshop in the afternoon. Courses include:

  • Astronomy 102/103: Theories of the Universe and Lab Mathematics
  • Mathematics 113: Introduction to Probability & Statistics with Computer Applications
  • Mathematics 130: Precalculus
  • Psychology 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology

Hostos Community College – Bronx Civic Scholars Institute (BCSI)

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, July 2 – August 9

When you see government officials in the news, do you ever wonder how the decisions made there affect you, your family and your neighborhood? Would you like to learn more about how you can be involved in local government, and community organizations? Then the Bronx Civic Scholars Institute at Hostos Community College is for you. In this summer program, you will develop leadership skills, knowledge and experience while gaining an academic and practical understanding of how local government works. As a Bronx Civic Scholar you will:

  • Take a college-credit course in Government: POL101 American Government
  • Work as an intern in a Bronx community-based organization (CBO) that specializes in youth activism
  • Get ready for work and college through a workshop that helps you set career goals, prepare for interviews, and get a handle on financial aid, scholarships, essays, and more
  • See local government in action by taking trips to various civic sites and attending special events featuring distinguished guest speakers


Hostos Community College – Summer Intensive English Language Program (SIELP)

Students entering 10th grade

Monday – Thursday + Friday Fieldtrips, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 2 – August 9

What was it like to be a young person living during the American Revolution? This summer, experience what it was like to live during that time. Partake in weekly field trips, expand your knowledge of the Revolutionary War, and be introduced to different parts of the city. The goal of SIELP is to improve your English language skills in preparation for high school and college and prepare for the Regents Comprehensive Examination in English through literacy and supplemental activities. Develop your ELA skills through intensive reading and writing activities including group discussions, guided reading, grammar lessons, and low-stakes writing.

Hunter College – Summer Science Institute

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 1:50 PM (for COMHE330) otherwise

9:30 AM to 3:50 PM, July 16 – August 16

Spend this summer at Hunter’s College Now Science Institute and you will: earn college credit in math or science by taking rigorous classes and labs that you ordinarily wouldn’t have the time for during the regular academic year; expand your horizons with non-credit correlating workshop in the subject of your choice; become familiar and comfortable with a college campus, its facilities, staff, and students. You may choose from five courses:

  • CHEM100/101 Essentials of General Chemistry and Lab
  • COMHE330 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PHYS100/101 Basic Concepts of Physics and Lab
  • GEOL105 Introduction to Environmental Geosciences
  • STAT113 Elementary Probability & Statistics

John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Law and Criminal Justice Summer Institute (CJSI)

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

Gain an increased understanding of cultural and historical underpinnings of the American criminal justice system through the 3-credit course Criminal Justice 101. In the afternoon Criminal Law Seminar/Workshop, you will explore the occupational roles played by various actors within the criminal justice apparatus and learned about educational pathways towards acquiring necessary training and educational credentials required for entry into specific criminal justice occupations. You also get to make a trip to the NYPD Crime Lab in Jamaica, Queens to meet professional crime scene investigators. Ballistics experts in the facilities firearm’s lab provide a live demonstration of firearm investigative techniques.

Kingsborough Community College – Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, July 9 – August 6

Attention High School Juniors: Are you interested in becoming a science innovator and/or prospective entrepreneur? Join us at Kingsborough Community College to take a credit-bearing science course, Science 70: The Science of Nutrition, coupled with a non-credit Virtual Enterprise experience. Students in the program will also use the KCC Farm as a lab to research various topics which include organic soil amendments and pest control, soil-microbial health, erosion, composting systems and nutrient plant uptake, as well as the economics of organic farming and local production. In the Virtual Enterprise (VE) experience, students work in teams to create and operate a business development platform.  Examples might include the development and marketing of testing equipment, the use of sustainable soil, citywide compost collection or the production and distribution of more nutritive produce. The summer will culminate with a project showcase for students to present their businesses to an audience.


Kingsborough Community College – Career Exploration Maritime Technology

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday + 2 Friday Fieldtrips, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

July 9 – August 3

Think “classroom” means a rectangular room with four walls on dry land? Think again, mates, and ready your sea legs. This summer you can study with an experienced sea captain, learning how to operate and navigate a boat and sail the waters of New York harbor and Long Island Sound! Along the way, visit professionals working in the field as you explore the various career options that exist at sea. There is some of that dry-land classroom stuff…but you get four transferable college credits for it. Ship ahoy! ALL eligible students take the following class, in addition to required hands-on sailing instruction, tutoring, and field trips. MT 46: Coastal Piloting and Seamanship. This college-level course introduces students to nautical chart work, coastal piloting, and the principles of general seamanship. Coastal piloting topics include: the marine compass, nautical charts, piloting, tides and currents, position determination, navigational aids, and electronic navigation.

LaGuardia Community College – Making a World of Difference: Social and Political Philosophy

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

HUP106 – Are you a chocolate lover? Ever wonder where your chocolate comes from? How it’s produced? What factors affect that production, and the impact this has on the chocolate you eat? This summer, we invite you to join College Now at LaGuardia for HUP106: Social and Political Philosophy / Making a World of Difference (3 credits). In this program, you will:

Learn social and political philosophical theories which will guide your exploration of global issues and their connection to you; read global authors; complete the Chocolate Project, as well as a Current Events and a Social Media Advocacy Project, on issues of your choice; work with two highly qualified and experienced instructors; be treated to some great chocolate!

LaGuardia Community College – Introductory Nutrition: Campaigning for a Healthier Community

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

SCD200 – Introductory Nutrition integrates nutrition science with the physical and life sciences: chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology. You will learn about digestion, absorption and the metabolism of nutrients; the physical and chemical properties of nutrients; their metabolic functions; and food sources. You will also investigate the socioeconomic and behavioral factors that influence food selection and accessibility. In this program, two clinical dietitians will introduce the dietetics profession and engage in a discussion of healthy lifestyles. In the experiential afternoon workshop, you will apply the knowledge they gain regarding nutrition to a variety of media platforms. This will include creating public service announcements, YouTube videos, and social media posts that will help to engage their peers in learning about healthy eating. You will present their information campaigns in class and on campus, and hopefully, continue their campaigns in the fall at your respective high schools.

LaGuardia Community College – Critical Thinking: Thinking Critically about Social Justice

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

HUP102 – The goal of this course is to help you become a thoughtful and effective critical thinker, to apply your intellectual abilities and specialized reasoning skills to yourself and your society. You will gain self-awareness and a deeper knowledge of the ways in which you interact, change, and are changed by society in order to analyze your role as responsible citizens in a globalized world. The afternoon workshops will focus on social justice issues including inequities in education, mass incarceration, the prison industrial complex, gender inequality, athletes and activism, and income inequality. Activities will include discussing documentaries and videos, researching and debating issues, making oral presentations, writing for a variety of purposes, and sharing their knowledge on campus.

LaGuardia Community College – College Algebra & Trig: Real World Engineering Problems and Solutions

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

MAT115 – This course will start with a review of basic algebra (factoring, solving linear equations, and equalities, etc.) and proceed to a study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. These functions will be used in applications involving simple mathematical modeling where students will engage in inquiry activities aimed at improving critical thinking skills. Each afternoon will then be devoted to an engineering lab focused on project-based learning to answer questions like “How does surface area or type of surface affect friction?”, “What factors affect the air resistance of a launched projectile?”, “How can the acceleration due to gravity be determined for falling objects?” Students will have the opportunity to design their own experiments, carry out the experiments, then report and present their findings.

LaGuardia Community College – Reading the Biography: Scientists, Science and STEM Sampler

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

CSE120 – The goals of this course will be to: evaluate claims to truth and truthful recollections; examine historical claims through first person accounts; develop awareness of the methods and techniques of biographical and autobiographical writing; understand the uses of biographical writing and its place in society; explore biographies and autobiographies as vehicles for the creation of the self. To introduce students to STEM, we will offer 4 week-long workshops led by four different LaGuardia professors from the Natural Science and Social Science Departments: Biology, Physics, Astronomy, and Psychology. Each workshop will include hands-on activities and a focus on majors and career options in the particular discipline. Each workshop will also be linked to readings covered in the morning sessions of CSE120.

LaGuardia Community College – College Success Initiatives

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 2

Join us this summer and you can qualify for college before you graduate high school!

Did you know that you need a score of 70+ on the Common Core Algebra I or Geometry Regents to take a college credit math course?  Or that you need it to qualify for a four-year CUNY college?  If you have not achieved this score you should take advantage of the College Focus Summer Program @ LaGuardia Community College.  Passing the test you’ll prepare for in this free summer program will exempt you from remedial math courses at CUNY and qualify you for college credit courses in your senior year of high school.  Participants will receive a Student MetroCard, snacks and lunch.

Lehman College – Summer Multimedia Arts Academy

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 9

The Lehman College Summer Multimedia Arts Academy offers high school students the opportunity to study with the Lehman College faculty in the multimedia arts, theatre and multimedia journalism on the Lehman College campus and get “hands on” experience with audio-visual productions and on-line journalism. Students will be able to explore these new forms of social media which are becoming more dominant in our culture and changing the traditional forms of mass communication. Courses offered include:

  • ART112 Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • FTS 215 Camera and Lighting
  • FTS 224 Fundamentals of Editing
  • THE200 Theatre Workshop
  • THE235 Stagecraft
  • THE241 The Art of the Theatre


Lehman College – Summer Science Academy

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, July 9 – August 9

Considering a science degree? Get a head start at the Summer Science Academy at Lehman College. Choose from:

  • BIO 166: Principles of Biology- Cells and Genes (6 hours, 4 credits),
  • GEP 205: Principles of Geographic Information Science (3 credits), or
  • CHE 137/138: General Chemistry 1 and Laboratory (5 credits)

Biology and Chemistry are prerequisites for premedical, pre-veterinary, and pre-dental programs, and physics is a foundation for studying engineering. Mornings will be spent in a lecture, and afternoons working in Lehman’s state-of-the-art science labs. These six week intensives will prepare you for rigor of college science courses, and help you get on track to complete your degree.

Medgar Evers College – Summer Science Bridge Program

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 10 – August 10

Do you ever think about how climate change, industrial waste and even wildlife may impact the health of people living in New York City? If so, come to Medgar Evers this summer and study environmental health issues in your community.  At the Medgar Evers College Now Environmental Science Program you will take a choice of college credit Basic Chemistry or Environmental Health Issues in the morning and in the afternoon you will participate in data analysis/problem solving workshops, go on field trips, conduct supervised laboratory and field research and hear presentations from science professionals and faculty.

New York City College of Technology – Careers in Engineering and Computer Technologies

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, July 5 – August 17

Students in the New York City College of Technology’s Summer Program in Careers in Engineering and Computer Technologies will earn college credit in the course “Introduction to Engineering and Computer Technologies”. This course will introduce them to four engineering disciplines through an exploration of basic concepts in mechanical engineering and industrial design technology; computer systems technology; electrical engineering technology; and electromechanical and computer engineering technology. Every Thursday trips are scheduled to expose students to career information at local industries and government labs, including Linda Tools, the Electronic Maintenance Division of MTA, and the NY Hall of Science.

Queensborough Community College – Robotics

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM, July 5 – August 4

This program is designed to introduce students to robotics within a hands-on four college credit course, ET 375 (Introduction to Robotics), to robotic construction, programming, operation, and basic design theory. Throughout the summer, students will work in teams to design, construct, and program autonomous mobile robots by learning and using the C programming language within the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robotics System among other components. Robotics projects will include behaviors such as line-following, random roaming with obstacle avoidance using IR sensors and ultrasonic range finding sensors, and rotate until a path is clear using the data from the ultrasonic range finders. Students will also attend a math workshop each day from 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM.

Queensborough Community College – Theater Production

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 2 – August 2

Open Call: Looking for aspiring and would-be actors, costumers, makeup artists, set designers, and other theatre hopefuls to hone their craft and mount a fully-staged production (for college credit) at Queensborough Community College’s Summer Theatre Production Workshop. TH124 is a 3-credit college course that uses a hands-on approach to stagecraft construction where participants design and build all sets for the production. This year students will perform various scenes from one act plays that they have written themselves under the tutelage of both of the instructors and accomplished playwright, C. Julian Jimenez. The performance of “The Short Play Festival” will take place in the Shadowbox Theatre on August 1, 2018. Students will also take a trip to see “School of Rock” on Broadway.

Queensborough Community College – College Success Initiatives

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 2 – August 6

Join us this summer and you can qualify for college before you graduate high school!

Did you know that you need a score of 75+ on the ELA Regents exam to take most college-credit humanities courses or a 70+ on the Common Core Algebra I or Geometry Regents to take a college credit math course?  Or that you need both to qualify for a four-year CUNY college?  If you have not achieved either of these scores, you should take advantage of the College Focus Summer Program @ Queensborough Community College.  Passing the tests you’ll prepare for in this free summer program will exempt you from remedial courses at CUNY and qualify you for college credit courses in your senior year of high school.  Participants will receive a Student MetroCard, snacks and lunch.

Queens College – Summer Science Program

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, July 23 – August 3

This program has provided me with the knowledge needed for college, but it has also provided me with an experience that I will cherish for a long time.  It is one thing to learn about topics that you have never heard of before, but to have fun while doing it is another!. That is a direct quote from a participant in last year’s Queens College Summer Science Program. So what’s in store for Summer Science Program participants?  Here’s a small sampling: mind-bending puzzles that wake students up each morning of the program’s 10 days; the drama of dissecting Copenhagen, an award-winning play in which physics intersects with history and morality; lectures on topics ranging from cognition and the brain to expeditions to Antarctica and more; hands-on activities in physics, computer science, biology, and neuroscience.  If you want the opportunity to touch a human brain, row a boat on the Bronx River, or simply get a feel for life on a college campus, the Queens College Summer Science Program may be the perfect fit.

Queens College – The Summer Institute for the Humanities & Social Sciences

Students entering 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 25 – August 13

“I enjoyed the whole experience: the work, the friends, the trips; everything was memorable. If I could do it again, I would.” That is a direct quote from a participant in last year’s Queens College Summer Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Students in this six-week program earn college credits by taking courses in acting, classical mythology, or urban studies, in addition to a course in college writing; they engage with the writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other artists who come to Queens College to share their work and their life stories; they explore the arts and culture of New York City on field trips to museums and plays; and with the help of Queens College students whose job is to mentor and assist Summer Institute participants, they begin the transition from high school to college.

York College – Music Production

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 16

Join us for an introduction to a major component of the multi-billion-dollar music industry. Learn the basic concepts of music production and work with professional recording equipment and software. In addition to creating your own computer-generated music and recording live big band performances, the classes will also focus on the historical background and evolution of the role of technology in music.

York College – Jazz

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 16

Jazz is a uniquely American genre with roots stretching back to Africa. It has reached beyond music to make its mark on literature and the visual arts, not to mention being the origin of hip-hop and R&B. College Now Jazz Program at York College provides students with an opportunity to grow as jazz musicians and work with jazz professionals in the context of a professionally-run big band.   In the 3- credit course Music 253: History of Jazz, students learn some of the fascinating history and theory of jazz, and have the opportunity to deepen their skills and grow as an artist.

York College – Fine Arts – Computer Graphics

Students entering 11th or 12th grade

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, July 9 – August 16

A hands-on introduction to the systems and resources of the Macintosh computer. Investigation of the image-making and text-handling capabilities of generic software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Painter. Development of original imagery from direct invention, digitized pictorial sources and selected type fonts. Final projects incorporate all course material and provide a basic experience of the computer as a comprehensive design instrument.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a talented and motivated individual whose academic record does not reflect your full potential, and you are from a low-income family, the SEEK or CD Program may be for you.

A student must meet all of the following criteria in order to be considered for admission to the SEEK or CD Program:

  • Must be a high school graduate or have a New York State approved General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or its equivalent.
  • Must have not previously attended a college or university, except in the case of students enrolled in the State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), or the independent colleges’ Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
  • Must be a resident of New York State for SEEK admission or a resident of New York City for CD program admission.
  • Must have an admissions index score that is below the cutoff point for regular admissions to a particular senior college (for SEEK admission) or have a college admissions average of less than 80 percent for admission to a community college CD program.
  • Must have a family income and other available financial resources fall within guidelines established by New York State.
  • Must attend a pre-freshman summer session if you do not satisfy the University criteria on one or more of the University Skills Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics.

To Apply

You must complete the Special Programs (SEEK and College Discovery) section of the CUNY Freshman Admission Application. You must also complete the Financial Aid Student Application (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted in paper form or (for a faster response) electronically through the FASFA application website. You should list all of the CUNY colleges you are considering in step 6 of your FAFSA. Be aware that not all eligible students are accepted to SEEK; therefore, you should submit your applications early to increase your chances of being accepted.

If you are a first-time freshman and you believe you meet the eligibility requirements, complete the CUNY application. Be sure to fill out the SEEK/CD section.

Applications are also available from the admissions office at the campus you wish to attend and from your high school counselor. If you have been enrolled in EOP, HEOP, SEEK or CD, you must also complete the CUNY Special Programs Transfer Request Form and send it to the SEEK/CD Director at the campus you wish to attend.

Common Application Questions

No. Unfortunately, there are many cases where eligible students were not aware of the Program when they applied to college or who didn’t know that SEEK is designed for first time college students. If you’ve earned college credits since graduating high school, you are not eligible to receive SEEK support services.

Yes. Students who were previously enrolled in another New York State higher education opportunity program–College Discovery (at CUNY two-year colleges), HEOP (at private colleges), or EOP(at SUNY colleges)–are eligible to transfer into SEEK provided they have remaining semesters of eligibility. You will need to complete a transfer request form at your home college.

In addition to the services the college provides to regularly admitted students, SEEK offers an array of instructional, financial, and counseling support services to its students. Program activities are designed to assist students in meeting the challenges of college and to provide a supportive environment in which they will flourish.

Yes. The Program is committed to your success and will expect you to use the services it provides to help you earn a degree. While specific program offerings differ, all campuses have requirements regarding participation in academic and counseling support activities. The overwhelming majority of Program students who excel give credit to SEEK for the academic and personal support it gives.

Each of the eleven senior CUNY campuses has a SEEK Program. Their websites can be accessed at SEEK offices are welcoming places. Visit the SEEK Program on your campus of choice.

Program Model


Upon admission, a student is assigned to a SEEK/CD counselor who is available throughout the student’s stay in college. Counseling services assist program students with issues that might be an impediment to their academic success and retention. Through individual and group sessions, counselors actively engage their students and assist them in identifying and setting goals for achieving their personal, academic, and career aspirations. Some of the special counseling workshops and seminar topics offered include:

  • Time Management
  • Selecting a Major
  • Coping with Stress
  • Understanding College Policies and Procedures
  • Maintaining Wellness
  • Choosing a Career
  • Applying to Graduate School

For many students, the counseling office serves as a “home away from home.” The relationships they develop with their SEEK/CD counselor are usually close. Many counselors continue to serve as mentors and friends even beyond graduation.


The SEEK/CD Programs offer students a variety of academic support services aimed at strengthening their basic skills, bolstering their academic success in all upper level college courses, and maximizing their retention and persistence through to graduation. Supplemental instruction and tutoring support services are available, such as individual, group, and classroom tutoring; supplemental instruction hours attached to high-risk academic courses; peer study groups; course review groups; and computer assisted academic instruction.

SEEK/CD Programs collaborate with college academic departments in order to create learning communities and to identify specific courses where the attachment of supplemental instruction would most benefit SEEK/CD students. Various SEEK/CD programs also integrate classroom instruction with such activities as field trips, cultural events, leadership training workshops, and student presentations at academic conferences.


The SEEK/CD programs award supplemental financial assistance for educational expenses such as transportation, books, supplies, and college fees to students who are economically eligible to receive such additional aid. This is in addition to financial aid available to regularly admitted students. More financial aid information is available here.

Student walking on the Brooklyn College campus for College initiative providing free comprehensive social, legal, and financial services to CUNY students.

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Over 46 million Americans live in poverty. The Single Stop College Initiative provides free comprehensive social, legal and financial services to students at several CUNY colleges.

Program Features/ Eligibility

On each of the participating CUNY college campuses counselors use a computerized screening tool that condenses thousands of pages of eligibility rules into a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Single Stop counselors interview students (and, in some circumstances, immediate family members) and provide them with information about which federal, state or local benefits they are eligible to receive. This screening tool identifies public benefits (e.g., health insurance programs, nutrition programs, housing assistance, subsidies for childcare, energy assistance) as well as tax credits. The campus-based Single Stop counselors then use this information to guide students through the process of applying for benefits.

In addition, The Single Stop College Initiative provides free, on-site tax preparation services during tax season (January – April); one-on-one financial counseling services throughout the year; and legal services.

Campus Programs

Single Stop helps communities break the intergenerational cycle of poverty one family at a time. Working through food pantries, schools, criminal justice and health care centers, senior centers, and libraries, Single Stop connects families to the resources they need to thrive.  Improvements in family finance have been shown to keep families in their homes and put food on the table. This also helps their children stay healthy and do better in school. In fact, parental income is the #1 predictor of college graduation.

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REPS Facilitates Symposium for Foster Care Youth Researchers

The Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support (REPS) facilitated a symposium November 7, 2017, to convene faculty fellows conducting research on current and former foster care youth and their transition to college. REPS selected the fellows in summer 2016 through an RFP process; funds for the two-year fellowships were provided by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and were designed to increase the understanding of pathways of postsecondary success for youth in foster care, particularly within the CUNY context. The symposium marked the culmination of the first year of the fellowship.

Following introductions and a charge by REPS Director Carol Ripple to listen for thematic synergies across the presentations, Hyein Lee and Simon Sandh presented the REPS team’s research on high-school experiences among CUNY students in care. The data described high college aspirations and histories of domestic and academic instability; student surveys captured the importance of caseworkers, educational specialists, and high school counselors as resources for youth in care applying to college.

Mia Simon, Aabha Adhiya, and Zenobia Johnson (CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative) (FCI) provided program updates on two initiatives. FCI, which partners with 23 foster-care agencies and provides student services to support academic success, is on track to meet this year’s enrollment goal of 100 CUNY Start students. The CUNY/ACS Fostering College Success Initiative provides college residential housing and support to youth in care through a partnership between CUNY and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).

Kathleen M. Cumiskey (College of Staten Island) and Michelle Fine (CUNY Graduate Center) presented preliminary findings on students transitioning to college out of foster care. The researchers are focusing largely on documenting the students’ lives and asking students to share barriers and supports they have encountered in pursuing their education. Barriers included mental health issues and a lack of financial support; common supports included family, which encompasses extended family and even close friends, and counselors. Cumiskey and Fine are also learning about the gifts the students bring to CUNY: many students cited creative expression as one of these gifts. Cumiskey and Fine have engaged students in designing a mobile media app to help support former foster care students.

Susan A. Dumais and Naomi Spence, both from Lehman College, presented initial findings from quantitative research on former foster care youth in college and interviews with former foster care youth at CUNY. Their research focuses on three risk factors facing youth pursuing college degrees, including maltreatment and wanting to leave home, and ten protective factors that contribute to college success, including self-esteem and the likelihood of having a mentor. Dumais and Spence are preparing data to share at spring 2018 conferences and are proceeding with additional interviews.

For her project, Colleen Cary Katz (Silberman School of Social Work) connected with emancipated foster youth through the NYC Court Appointed Special Advocates program (CASA). Themes across 13 interviews with emancipated foster youth students included the balancing act of work, school, and (sometimes) parenting, with pursuing their college dreams and aspirations. Her research includes a focus on access to employment, housing, health, and social support one year after emancipation. One of Katz’s goals is to incorporate student perspectives interrelate to help develop a more holistic understanding of the emancipated foster care youth student experience.

The symposium closed with a lively exchange of ideas on how best to share findings at the culmination of the fellowships a year from now.

The fellowships, FCI program, and FCI research conducted by REPS are made possible through the generosity of funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.