Scholarship and Honors Programs

Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Office, currently located within the Institutional Advancement offices, provides guidance and oversight to the scholarship process and maintains a website of available scholarships.

Please visit the Scholarship Office websitefor more information.

Scholarship applications and the required letters of recommendation formare available on the website.

If you have questions, please contact the Scholarship Office at x. 5244 or visit AC-2H03.

Honor Societies

  • Liberal Arts Honor Society of York College: The purpose of this organization is to recognize students for academic excellence and broad intellectual interests and integrity and to encourage scholarly pursuits. Every spring the Society elects to membership from the graduating class, and in exceptional cases from the junior class, those students who excel in the above respects.
  • Phi Alpha Theta, International History Honor Society
  • Psi Chi, National Psychology Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society
  • Kappa Delta Pi, National Honor Society in Education

York College Honors Program

The York College Honors Program provides the opportunity to learn and grow within a small community of students who share a love of learning and strong academic skills. The program will prepare students for graduate study and exciting professional careers through research experience and individualized attention from faculty members. The interaction between students and faculty within the program will enrich the college experience and help guide students throughout their college career.

Benefits of Program Membership

Honors students are eligible for a number of scholarships at York College, as well as generous fellowship programs funded by federal grants. Honors courses will be designated on the student's transcript. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be noted on the student's diploma and final transcript, and Honors students will be recognized at a special awards ceremony and at commencement. Students in the program will receive other special benefits on campus, such as early registration so that they can choose courses that best fit their schedules. Most important, Honors students will receive the individualized attention of their faculty mentor, as well as the support of the other students within the Honors Program community.

Each Honors student will work closely with a faculty mentor in his or her area of interest. This mentor will guide the student through college, developing an individualized academic program and helping the student prepare for graduate study and professional success. Honors students will participate in small interdisciplinary honors seminars on topics of timely interest and attend special programs with visiting scholars.

Students will develop independent honors projects within their major subject. In the senior year, they will complete an independent study project and honors thesis under the guidance of their faculty mentor. Honors students will attend cultural and performing arts programs each semester to make the most of our rich and culturally exciting city.

Criteria for Admission to the Honors Program

Students can apply to the Honors Program as incoming first-year students, or prior to their Sophomore and Junior years. Students must spend at least 2 years in the program. To be considered for the program, students must meet the following criteria:

High School Students:

  • 85% average or higher (official transcript required);
  • academic course of study, including science and math courses;
  • complete application with essay;
  • two letters of recommendation.

Current York Students/Transfer Students (12-72 credits on entering the program ):

  • 3.5 GPA average or higher (copy of transcript required);
  • Complete application with essay;
  • two letters of recommendation (must include college faculty).

For more information please visit the Honors Program Website.

Certificates and Awards

The following are just a few departmental awards given annually at the College's Honors Program:

  • African American Association Award: For distinction in student development and leadership. Sponsored by the York College African-American Association.
  • Biology Honors Program Certificate
  • Simon Bolivar Award: For scholarship and service to the Latino Community. Given by the Latino Faculty Caucus.
  • English Honors Program Certificate
  • Political Science Special Award: To the outstanding senior majoring in Political Science who shows the greatest potential for scholarship in the field of Political Science.
  • Psychology Special Award: To the outstanding senior majoring in Psychology who shows the greatest potential for scholarship in the field of Psychology.
  • SEEK Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • Sigma Xi Award: For distinctive aptitude, academic achievement, and maturity. To a graduating senior who majors in mathematics, philosophy, psychology or one of the natural science disciplines. Sponsored by the York College Sigma Xi Club.
  • Social Work Honors Certificate
  • Student Development Award: For excellence in college service.

Office of Undergraduate Research

Program Mission

To promote and facilitate student engagement in research and other creative activities in order to demystify research, increase knowledge about its nature and methodologies, and secure competitive advantage for graduate and professional school and the workforce.

Getting Involved In Research

There are several ways to get involved with undergraduate research at York College. The York College Honors Program provides opportunities to enhance the intellectual development of motivated students. The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in STEM. York College conducts a federally funded Summer Research Program. The CUNY Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academy through a six-week summer research institute at the Graduate Center and research projects conducted with a CUNY faculty member. The Systems Biology Center New York (SBCNY) Undergraduate Research Program offers summer research fellowships to City University of New York (CUNY) undergraduates who are planning to pursue PhD or MD/PhD degree programs after graduation and who are interested in incorporating systems biology approaches into the research that they pursue. The CUNY Summer Undergraduate Research Program (C-SURP) provides students with 10 weeks of hands-on research experience in a CUNY laboratory. Students are matched with a faculty mentor and research team based on their expressed interests. To find a mentor or program that suits you, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at uresearch@york.cuny.edu. To contact the LSAMP program, e-mail Lyndon Haynes at lhaynes@york.cuny.edu. To contact the Honors Program coordinator, e-mail honors-program@york.cuny.edu. For scholarship opportunities and general announcements, follow us on Facebook(c) and Twitter(c).

Student Research Day

Every April, York College students engaged in undergraduate research present their findings through poster and panel presentations. In 2011, the 2nd Annual Student Research Day involved more than 200 participants, including keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, performer and Co-writer of Russel Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, The Other Side Of Paradise. In 2012, the 3rd Annual Student Research Day involved more than 250 students, and featured award-winning novelist Hari Kunzru, author of "Gods Without Men." Participation continued to grow to nearly 300 students for our 4th Annual Research day, which featured Dr. Partha P. Mitra, Professor of Neuroscience and Theoretical Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Program History

The launch of a York College Undergraduate Research Program was first announced by Provost Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith at the CUNY Academic Council on January 6th, 2010. He subsequently named Dr. Rishi Nath, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at York College, as the first Director. The first annual Student Research Day was held on April 15th, 2010 with over 150 participants. The York College Office of Undergraduate Research, located in room AC-3E07b, was opened on September 30th, 2010. Dr. Robert O. Duncan, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences, was appointed as the second director on July 1, 2013.

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