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Chemistry professor’s $5M NSF grant will create new center


Dr. Maria Tamargo

One of Chemistry Professor Maria Tamargo’s missions is to ensure that the City College of New York is recognized as being in the forefront of materials science research. The other is to increase minority participation in the field. A $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation won by Tamargo and her colleagues will help to achieve both of those goals.

The five-year grant from the NSF’s Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology will go toward creating the new CREST Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low-dimensional Systems. Known by the acronym IDEALS, the Center will be devoted to increasing minority participation and diversity in the field of materials science.



Science Division at CCNY


The Division of Science at City College has a proud legacy and a proud future.  Ten Nobel Laureates studied science and mathematics at CCNY.  World-renowned physicists like Myriam Sarachik, who serves on the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences, and well-known author Michio Kaku teach our students, and distinguished professors conduct cutting edge research on everything from climate change to structural biology to sustainable energy, and everything in between.  City College students, even as undergraduates, have an unprecedented opportunity to work in these labs.  In the past 8 years the Division has produced two Rhodes Scholars and several Goldwater and Truman scholars, as well as graduates who have gone on to the most prestigious graduate schools, supported by grants from the National Science Foundation to pursue their research.

Science students at City College have a wide array of degree choices.  They enroll in Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in the fields and programs listed below.  The PHD is offered jointly by the City University of New York and City College in the laboratory-based sciences: biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physics.



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