The JJC Research & Creativity Community

The JJC Research & Creativity Community


The John Jay College Research & Creativity Community consists of established programs and initiatives that serve undergraduate and graduate students in their pursuit to conduct in-depths, long-term research or creative projects with faculty. The Community offers research/creative related events as well as professional development workshops that are crucial for students’ successful entry into the workforce and competitive Ph.D. programs.

The following are the current Research & Creativity Community member programs:

The Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) brings together various initiatives that support science and math students at John Jay College. Our Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides FOS, CMB, TOX, MATH and CSIS majors the opportunity to conduct research with John Jay faculty mentors.


  • Students find and select faculty mentors, join their lab where they conduct hands-on research.
  • Students receive academic advisement, attend professional development activities, and are encouraged to pursue post-graduate education.
  • Students prepare to conduct research by attending our annual Research Training Workshop and crafting a research proposal with  help of their faculty mentors and program staff.

The Honors Program is an achievement and academic support program with a curricular focus on justice, advocacy, and the common good, and an emphasis on excellence in academic research and writing.


  • Students are trained in skills development in academic research and writing. 
  • Students are prepared for graduate and professional schools. 
  • Students are provided with faculty-mentored research experiences.

John Jay’s Finest is an annual publication honoring outstanding student writing from across the undergraduate curriculum. Writings featured in each anthology have been nominated by the student-writers' professor and vetted by the publication’s editors.


  • Students are included in the annual book, which speaks of the fine effort of the student, of the class, and of the professor.
  • Students work very closely with their professor to refine their essay, analysis or creative work and are inspired to produce even better writing going forward.
  • Students are recognized at the annual John Jay's Finest reception and gain a wider readership as they join a community of writers.

The Master's Student Research Group (MSRG) is an organization of current MA Forensic Psychology graduate students who work to facilitate and promote student research at the graduate level. MSRG also act as a liaison between the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral student body, as well as faculty. 


  • Students’ awareness and involvement in research is maximized and research and professional development skills are honed at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Incoming and current graduate students receive support and peer mentoring, while being informed about important professional events and panels.
  • Students have the opportunity to present their research at the annual MA student research conference.

The objective of the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program is to encourage and prepare low-income and first-generation students, as well as students from underrepresented populations, to pursue graduate study.


  • ​​Students conduct an independent research project guided by a faculty mentor.
  • Students receive one-on-one research, academic, and professional development advisement.
  • Students are offered opportunities to travel to conferences to present their research and network.

The Pre-Law Institute and the Center of Post Graduate Opportunities are deeply invested in student success academic, professional, and personal, offering direct advisement and an array of more than 60 programs which support students’ efforts to compete successfully for internships and admission to law schools and other post-graduate institutions.


  • Students receive individualized advising and LSAT preparation courses to position them for admissions to law schools.
  • Students are assisted at every level to capitalize on their academic experience and to prepare them for Ph.D. programs.
  • Students are supported with internship programs, specific skills-building programs and other experiential opportunities.

    OSRC assists, supports, and guides students through the exciting steps of getting started with research and creative projects. Whether incoming undergraduate students with no research experience, graduate students searching for a faculty mentor or a transfer students wanting to connect with the community – research/creative experience will be an invaluable asset for students’ academic and professional careers and OSRC is here to help.


  • Students are engaged early in their academic careers with a focus on underrepresented groups in research & creativity.
  • Students are matched with faculty mentors for long term effective research/creative mentorships.
  • Students are exposed to and participate in a growing research/creative community opening up new opportunities on and off campus.

The Annual Research & Creativity Community Workshop Series

Fall 2020

Summer UG Research Programs                                               How to do a Literature Review










         Power Point Presentation                                                           Power Point Presentation
               Zoom Workshop                                                                                                      Zoom Workshop


Research Ethics and the IRB Process                                                               JJC Scholarships










Power Point Presentation                                                                                         Scholarship Webpage
                                                                                                                                           Power Point Presentation

Spring 2020

The Value of Faculty-Student Mentoring                        PRISM Professional Development










Preparing Effective Research Poster Boards

Fall 2019

 Center for Post Graduate Opportunities                                             Research Ethics & IRB Process









How to Do a Literature Review                                                                          Poetry Workshop










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Presentation materials

(Where applicable, workshop materials can be accessed through the links below the flyers.)

Other Programs at JJC

General Services & Programs:

Special Programs: John Jay College offers a variety of special academic and financial support programs.  The programs provide a variety of benefits, including academic, financial, personal and post-graduate support.