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Hostos Professor Dr. Mohammad A. Sohel Earns Research FellowshipWednesday, April 24, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - Hostos Community College is pleased to announce that Professor Mohammad A. Sohel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physical Sciences, has been selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) this summer.

Dr. Sohel, who has been at Hostos for six years as a member of the Natural Sciences Department, said the $18,000 fellowship award will allow him to continue his research in nanotechnology, specifically biomimetic solar energy conversion and nanoarchitectures for energy storage.

“This unique research opportunity will allow me to collaborate with some of the most talented scientists in the world and strengthen my current research interests and professional development opportunities in solar energy conversion.” VFP fellowships are highly competitive and require the submission of research proposals.

Dr. Sohel has been serving as a co-principal investigator for two National Science Foundation supported grants in collaboration with City College to integrate nanotechnology within curriculum. He also has been instrumental in enhancing STEM education through faculty training.

The Visiting Faculty Program, formerly called Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas.

As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on research projects of mutual interest. Faculty participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research.

The Visiting Faculty Program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories.

The benefits from the fellowship include:

  • Selected faculty and participating students spend 10 weeks (Summer Term) at a DOE national laboratory engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist.
  • Faculty members build collaborative relationships with DOE research scientists, become familiar with DOE sponsored research programs, scientific user facilities, and potential funding opportunities.
  • Students participate in enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops (e.g. technical and scientific writing skills development, poster, or oral presentation activities, etc.), laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars.
  • Host laboratories may provide laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars, workshops on accessing DOE scientific user facilities.

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Rich Pietras – rpietras@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097

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