A workforce with a strong understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is vital to future of the New York State economy. To this aim, the CUNY CAT takes an active role reaching out to students of all ages to encourage STEM learning.
The CUNY CAT engages CUNY undergraduate and graduate student researchers with professional development activities including resume writing workshops and networking opportunities where students can showcase their work to industry representatives. Students who are conducting research on CUNY CAT sponsored projects or who have an interest in optics or photonics may sign-up for our student newsletter by contacting our Education & Outreach Manager, Camille Santistevan. CUNY CAT also partners with the CCNY City Lights SPIE Student Chapter to arrange technical talks and educational trips.
CUNY CAT also engages younger students through partnerships with local elementary, middle, and high schools and existing STEM education organizations. This summer, the CUNY CAT will host a high school student researcher as part of the STEM Institute, an 6-week intensive educational program at CCNY. We participate in the annual Pre-College Engineering Day organized by Latin American Engineering Student Association Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (LAESA-SHPE). We are also working with the CCNY City Lights SPIE Chapter to develop optics and photonics educational activities for local elementary and middle school students.