• Peer-Assisted Learning

    Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is a form of instruction adapted from the Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) student-centered instructional model where students actively learn in a small group facilitated by a peer leader. In a typical workshop, six to eight students meet with a peer leader for one to two hours per week and work as a team to solve carefully structured problems that are designed to foster both critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. The faculty is closely involved by creating workshop problems and activities geared to students’ ability levels. The modules utilize key course concepts, channel student efforts into effective collaboration, and provide demonstrations of applications that are meaningful and relevant to the students.

    The Peer-Assisted Learning program provides undergraduates an opportunity to develop their leadership skills through facilitating mathematics and science workshops. The peer leaders are students who have recently taken the course and received a grade of B+ or higher. They are selected for their academic ability, usually a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and their interpersonal and communication skills are also factors which are considered. They are trained in a one-credit course, MEDU 2901: Peer Leader Training in Mathematics.

    Benefits of a peer leader:

    • Develop strong mastery of the subject area

    • Learn to create an academic community

    • Train in facilitation and group management skills

    • Develop deeper sense on how to approach the process of learning

    • Learn to motivate and stimulate peers

    • Communicate effectively

    • Gain self-confidence

    Peer-Assisted Learning in Mathematics and Science workshops are offered every fall and spring semesters. For more information, please contact Ms. Julia Rivera.

    Gosser, D., Cracolice, M., Kampmeier, J., Roth, V., Strozak, (2001). Peer-Led Team Learning: A Guidebook. Upper Saddle
    River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

    Quitadamo, I.J., Brahler, C.J., Crouch, G.J. (2009). Peer-Led Team Learning: A Prospective Method for Increasing
    Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Science Courses. Science Educator, 18, 1 (Spring), 29-39.

  • Leadership Seminar

    The Leadership Seminars are designed to enhance the leadership development of a network of Teaching Assistants and Peer Leaders. The weekly meetings address several core competencies required at all levels of leadership.

    Leadership Competencies


    • Expressing oneself effectively both orally and in written form

    • Introducing oneself formally

    • Negotiating by using a win-win approach in order to maintain relationships

    • Listening to others


    • Allocating responsibilities to appropriate individuals

    • Organizing resources

    • Steering team members towards achieving goals

    Interpersonal Skills

    • Promoting integrity

    • Building respect and trust

    Self Direction

    • Establishing goals, timelines, and deliveables

    • Building relationships with peers from other disciplines

    • Creating diverse teams to implement projects

  • Math Prep Courses

    The goal of the Bridge to College Mathematics Preparatory Program was to provide incoming freshmen majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline and continuing City Tech students an opportunity to learn key concepts prior to taking the mathematics course. The following workshops are offered:

    • Introduction to Intermediate Algebra (Preparation for MAT 1175: Fundamentals of Mathematics)

      Topics: linear equations, parallel and perpendicular lines, systems of equations, exponents, factoring polynomials,
      and quadratic equations.

    • Introduction to Trigonometry (Preparation for MAT 1275: College Algebra and Trigonometry).

      Topics: angles, radians and degrees, trigonometric functions, trigonometric function of special angles, reference
      angles, proving identities, and solving trigonometric equations.

    • Introduction to Precalculus (Preparation for MAT 1375: Precalculus)

      Topics: types of functions (quadratic, polynomial, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic).

    • Introduction to Calculus I (Preparation for MAT 1475: Calculus I)

      Topics: limits, continuity and derivatives.

    • Introduction to Calculus II (Preparation for MAT 1575: Calculus II)

      Topics: integration and volume.

    For more information, please contact Prof. Janet Liou-Mark at

  • Graduate School

    The Honors Scholars program sponsors the Graduate School Fair each semester where students can visit various graduate school booths to learn more about their programs and opportunities. The Honors Scholars program offers several workshops each year that focus on developing successful graduate school applications as well as how to prepare for interviews and materials such as resumes. See the calendar of events for more information.

  • Black Male Initiative (BMI)

    Black Male Initiative (BMI) is a CUNY-wide program to increase enrollment and success of underrepresented students, particularly African-American male students. View Website

  • ePortfolios for Academic and Career Advancement

    Registration required.

    These workshops were designed for those students participating in the Honors Scholars Program, but all students taking classes where ePortfolios are required by their professors are invited to attend. To register please email itec@citytech.cuny.edu

    Visit iTEC for upcoming workshops.

  • Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


    National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant provides scholarships to high achieving financially needy students. View Website

  • Undergraduate Research Program

    Participating in mentored research is one of the unique opportunities for college students. City Tech’s faculty are actively engaged in research in such fields as astronomy, biology, chemistry, communication, health sciences, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, robotics, sociology, and theater. Most people learn about these fields only through books, television and museums, long after research has been completed. Students who participate in undergraduate research get to take part in creating knowledge!

    Visit Undergraduate Research on OpenLab

  • Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

    The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at the New York City College of Technology, funded by the National Institutes of Health provides support to underrepresented students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. In partnership with Brooklyn College, CUNY, the program provides a variety of services including intensive academic advisement, peer mentoring and paid authentic research experiences.

    Visit Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

Upcoming Events

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Contact Information

Location: Midway Building, room 308 • Phone: 718.254.8668 • Email: CNavarrete@citytech.cuny.edu

Program Administration

Dr. Reneta D. Lansiquot
Interim Director of the Honors Scholars Program rlansiquot@citytech.cuny.edu

Dr. Jean Hillstrom
Assistant Director of the Honors Scholars Program jhillstrom@citytech.cuny.edu

Mr. Christopher Navarrete
Coordinator of the Honors Scholars Program CNavarrete@citytech.cuny.edu

Dr. Diana Samaroo
Chapter Advisor, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) dsamaroo@citytech.cuny.edu

Dr. Janet Liou-Mark
Founding Director of the Honors Scholars Program JLiou-Mark@citytech.cuny.edu