Research at Brooklyn College extends far beyond the laboratories and offices of our professors. It is an intrinsic part of the college’s mission to involve you in assisting with the faculty’s research and to start you on the path toward your own.
Our faculty research a vast array of topics, from the potential curative qualities of gold for leukemia patients to political satire in America. They invite postdoctoral, graduate, undergraduate and even motivated high school students from the neighborhood to work alongside them, regardless of their field, whether it’s the natural or social sciences, the liberal or performing arts.
We encourage all our students to participate in our wide-ranging research opportunities, a scholarly endeavor that allows you to grow, expand your horizons, meet new challenges, acquire critical skills, and pose new questions that will define and shape our faculty and students as scholars of the future.
In 2011–12, our faculty secured nearly $13 million in external funding for research and program implementation from such prestigious public institutions as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the National Parks Service and the New York Department of Education, among others. Private foundations and corporations have also invested in research at Brooklyn College, including the National Geographic Society, the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Biothera Inc., SunHarmonics Ltd. and the Potts Memorial Foundation. Our faculty's research has resulted in Pulitzer Prizes, award-winning books and films, and breakthroughs in the fields of science and medicine.
Every year our students garner fellowships and scholarships of national prestige, such as fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Beinecke Scholarship Program, the Salk Institute, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and many others. In addition, thanks to an endowment by alumna Florence Cohen Rosen ’59, up to 10 new fellowships of $5,000 each were established in 2011 exclusively for Brooklyn College students. These fellowships allow you to execute projects that position you as a leading authority in your chosen field. In 2011, 2005 and 1992, our students won perhaps the most prestigious honor of all to continue their research — the Rhodes Scholarship.