Grants & Funding

The City University has received a host of important grants and gifts recently, including more than $4 million to encourage Hispanic and low-income students to enter the science-related fields. Among other awards are grants for research on breast cancer and safeguarding the economy from financial fraud. Grants totaling nearly $21 million were reported recently to the CUNY Board of Trustees.

Encouraging Hispanics in the Science-Related Fields

LaGuardia Community College received two U. S. Department of Education grants totaling about $4 million for programs to encourage Hispanic and low-income students to pursue degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The grants were secured with the help of Sen. Charles Schumer, former Sen. (now Secretary of State) Hillary Rodham Clinton and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan). Under a $2.25 million Department of Education grant, LaGuardia will partner with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology on a program that encourages high school students to pursue an associate degree in engineering at LaGuardia and a bachelor's degree in mechatronics from Vaughn. Mechatronics is an emerging field that combines mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and computer engineering. The program will recruit high school students for the LaGuardia Youth Center for Engineering Excellence (LYCEE), which will offer summer and after-school programs in robotics. The grant will also support construction of two state-of-the-art engineering labs at LaGuardia. The second Department of Education grant provides $1.8 million for Project "Promesa" (Promoting Math Excellence and Science Access) to expand LaGuardia's math and science programs and prepare students for careers in biology and environmental science.

Safeguarding the Economy From Fraud

At a time when the financial world is being rocked by news of Ponzi schemes and fraud, York College has received $500,000 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to provide an endowment for anti-fraud education. The gift establishes the ACFE Endowed Professor of Fraud Examination, the college's first endowed faculty position. It is the first such gift by the ACFE to any college or university and reflects the association's commitment to encourage anti-fraud education and research at leading higher education institutions around the world. ACFE Founder and Chairman Joseph T. Wells (CFE, CPA) said the endowment will lay the foundation for generations of students to learn the skills needed to fight fraud effectively and "help safeguard the economy from the ever-present threat of fraud."

Fighting Breast Cancer on Staten Island

Researchers at the College of Staten Island's Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative (SIBCRI) are working to discover why Staten Island has one of the highest breast cancer death rates in the state and the highest in New York City. The SIBCRI recently received $80,000 in funding for the project, which is attacking breast cancer on three fronts, according to Donna Gerstle, professor of environmental science and a co-principal CSI researcher in the SIBCRI. "The first is an epidemiological study that looks at individuals on Staten Island from 1980 to 2006 and compares their lifestyles and risk factors to a control set of individuals. The second is to evaluate how environmental factors actually influence breast tissue development; and the third is a breast cancer-prevention educational program in cooperation with health care providers, community-based organizations, elected officials, and schools." CSI students will join some 20 scientists, attorneys, sociologists, health department representatives, and three physicians who are taking part in the project.

Following are some other recent noteworthy grants to CUNY:

John Jay College of Criminal Justice  $830,066 from the National Institutes of Health for a study on the intergenerational transmission of neglect and abuse.

Queens College  $442,071 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Upward Bound Program, which offers support for high school students from low-income families in preparation for college entrance.

Brooklyn College $375,106 from the New York State Department of Education for a 21st Century community learning program at I.S. 291.

The Graduate School and University Center  $328,970 from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research on image processing in biological 3-D electron microscopy.

New York City College of Technology  $311,055 from the New York State Department of Education for a project concerning career and academic readiness pathways for economic development and increased educational mobility.

Kingsborough Community College  $219,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for petrologic-geochemical studies of reduced mineral assemblages in primitive meteorites.

Hunter College  $186,279 from the University of California-Berkeley for research on longevity and mortality in industrialized societies.