PRISM: The Program for Research Initiatives for Science and Math

Contact: Dr. Edgardo Sanabria-Valentin and Ms. Frances Jimenez, Program Coordinators
Website: PRISM
Twitter: @PRISMatJJay 
Phone: 212. 237.6489 
Room: 05.61.00 NB 
Program Directors: Drs. Anthony Carpi, Nathan Lents, and Lawrence Kobilinsky

To view the PRISM at John Jay video, click here.

The Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) at John Jay College provides opportunities for forensic science students to engage in the process of scientific research while completing their degree.

Early in the program, students attend seminars and training programs to better prepare them for research. At the beginning of their junior year, students are matched with a faculty mentor. Our PRISM faculty mentors work in a variety of research areas – from biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science, to molecular biology, and toxicology. Every effort is made to match students with advisors working in their particular area of interest.

In addition to direct research experience, PRISM students are eligible for monetary stipends for their research, travel grants for conferences, GRE preparatory help, advising on graduate and professional school applications, and career planning. They can also look forward to guest lectures and informal seminars with research faculty, scientists, and other professionals.

PRISM research experiences go beyond the traditional training students receive in the classroom. They include instruction on literature searches, project design, implementation, experimental sampling, data analysis, and scientific writing/presentation, as well as providing a community in which students are able to flourish. These experiences help to demonstrate that science is not exact, but an iterative process of questioning the world around us, and provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in science beyond the classroom, preparing them to join the global community of researchers.

For more information, visit the PRISM website at or come by the office in room 05.61.00 NB