Biology major Johnny Groeling, of Bohemia. LI, received a summer research fellowship from Boston University. He is the latest Queens College MARC U-STAR participant. Groeling is one of about 20 undergraduates nationwide who will participate in the 10-week BU program.
The MARC U-STAR pays for 60 percent of the total tuition plus close to a $11,000 stipend each year for two years.
QC has several programs to help low-income students: The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program and Project ExCEL, which helps groups — particularly African-American males who historically have high college dropout rates, according to QC.
Education Trust named Queens College as one of five colleges selected from a sample of 1,200 four-year colleges that adequately serves low-income students. Education Trust based its assessment on graduation rate, low tuition and the amount of financial aid.
Jamar Whaley, 35, orginally from Flushing, graduated from Queens College with a double major in psychology and neuroscience with help from Project ExCEL and MARC U-STAR. Whaley conducted laboratory research in drug addiction at Yale and Boston universities. He is currently awaiting notification on his PhD applications.