ORCA — Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts — is a CCNY program that seeks to engage students in cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creativity at City College. The program provides an opportunity to work closely with a member of the City College full-time faculty in a 10-week summer immersion program.ORCA does not provide course credit but does provide financial support in the form of a stipend and a supply budget.

Past projects have included lab and archival research, textual 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. (For teams, each student member must apply individually). We particularly encourage interdisciplinary approaches to problems. Brief descriptions of last year’s projects can be found here.

The strongest applications allow the student to work in an apprentice role on the faculty member’s research, articulating a well-defined project for the student that makes a contribution to the faculty member’s research agenda.

Students are required to present their projects in the form of a poster, web-page, or video presentation at the ORCA symposium held the fall.

If you have any questions, please contact the ORCA Project team at  orcaproject@ccny.cuny.edu .

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For additional information, contact:

Professor David Jeruzalmi: dj@ccny.cuny.edu

Professor Renata Miller: remiller@ccny.cuny.edu

Professor Chris Li: cli@ccny.cuny.edu