Four Eugenio María de Hostos Community College science students recently gained invaluable experience by participating in the nationwide Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) Conference on Elevating Science and Education, which took place at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from June 8 to June 14, 2014.

Civil Engineering majors Feliberto Felíz, Bryan Ortega, and Luis Arias, along with Leopoldo Mejía from the Forensic Sciences program, gave a poster presentation on “Developing Quantitative Reasoning by Implementing E-Portfolios in Chemistry Class.”

These Hostos students also presented their work at the Bronx EdTech Showcase, which was held at Bronx Community College on May 9, 2014.

Students were accompanied by Hostos Professor Nelson Nuñez Rodríguez, IRACDA Program Coordinator at Hostos, and Dr. Na Xu, IRACDA Scholar at Hostos. Funding for this trip came from a $3,029,763 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant obtained by Professor Nuñez Rodríguez, in partnership with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Herbert H. Lehman College.

The NIH grant covers the cost of teacher training for STEM postdoctoral fellows at Hostos and Lehman while they are concurrently conducting research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. This grant also paid for new equipment for Hostos’ Science programs.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.

Hostos offers 29 associate degree programs and five certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY's four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's leading urban public university, which serves more than 480,000 students at 24 colleges.