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2018 Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts
(ORCA) Program at City College of New York


ORCA — Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts — is a CCNY program that seeks to engage students in exciting and cutting-edge work being done at City College. 
Students interested in the program are invited to contact faculty at City College to develop proposals for a summer immersion experience. Students are free to work with any member of the City College Faculty.
Past projects have included lab research, archival scholarship, service learning opportunities with community partners, and collaborative art.  Projects may be conducted either one-on-one with a faculty mentor or in small teams (but the students composing such a team must each apply individually).  We particularly encourage interdisciplinary approaches to problems. Brief descriptions of last year’s projects can be found here.
Students’ proposals, developed in consultation with the faculty mentor, should include a description (no longer than 250 words) of the project that the student will undertake, and a budget of up to $3,500 for the project. This budget includes a stipend of up to $3,000 for the student (20 hours/week @ $300/week, up to 10 weeks), as well as an $500 itemized budget for expenses that are essential to the success of the project, such as supplies or travel.
Students will present their research or creative arts project in the form of a poster, web-page, or video presentation at a symposium in the fall. 
If you have any questions, please contact the ORCA Project team at


Choice of Mentor:   

Applicants should seek a faculty mentor and develop a project in consultation with them.    


Undergraduates at any point in their studies who have completed their first year (or equivalent), have a CCNY grade point average of at least 3.0, and will be enrolled at City College in Summer or Fall 2018 are eligible for the summer ORCA program. 

Deadline: May 11, 2018 

Required information:  
  1. A brief description of experience relevant to the project, career goals, and reasons for applying to the ORCA program (250 words).
  2. A short description of the proposed research project (250 words).
  3. A one-page letter of support from the faculty mentor, indicating his or her willingness to supervise the project.
  4. A copy of your unofficial transcript, with an official transcript supplied on acceptance (email to


Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm that the faculty member submits the letter of support before the deadline.

For additional information, contact:

David Jeruzalmi
Chemistry & Biochemistry          
CDI 1316 • City College of New York • Graduate Center of the City University of New York   
85 St Nicholas Terrace • New York • NY • 10031
V: 212•650•6062