P.O.I.S.E. Program

(Pipeline Opportunities for Inter-Collegiate Stem Education)


"The POISE Program literally changed my life by opening doors that I could not. When I am in the real world, I know that I will be ready to tackle the challenges at hand."

- Gregory (Class of 2017) Mathematics major, Computer Science and Judaic Studies double minor



The P.O.I.S.E. Program is administered in collaboration with the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). The purpose of the program is to create a pipeline for promising sophomore-standing BMCC students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, psychology, and math) related majors.

Selected students may receive at least 10 unique benefits as a result of participating in the P.O.I.S.E Program:

  • Automatic membership to the prestigious Academic Achievement Program (AAP) (On-going)
  • Specialized advising with a professional CAS advisor (On-going)
  • Personal connections with NYU Faculty members in STEM departments (On-going)
  • Individual peer-mentoring with an accomplished NYU, STEM student (September)
  • Participation in the AAP Fall Leadership Retreat (October)
  • Specialized workshops with Admission counselors regarding the transfer process and pertinent financial aid information (January)
  • Workshops by the Wasserman Career Center focusing on resume building and professional development (November)
  • Potential access to the H.E.A.L.T.H. Educator seminar-series in conjunction with NYU Medical School (February)
  • Access to NYU’s Learning Center (ULC) tutoring and academic workshops(On-going)
  • Access to NYU’s Bobst Library (On-going)


In the Spring semester, POISE participants will compete for one of five full scholarships to the College of Arts and Science at New York University. Scholarship recipients will receive funding for 2 years (Fall and Spring semesters only) and must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

If you are a BMCC student interested in the program contact Michael Hutmaker at mhutmaker@bmcc.cuny.edu.

For more information, contact Fatiah Touray at fatiah@nyu.edu or Kristen Bush at kristen.bush@nyu.edu.


POISE FAQs

BMCC-NYU Pipeline Opportunities for Inter-College Stem Education (P.O.I.S.E)
Frequently Asked Questions



Q1: What is the Pipeline Opportunities for Inter-College Stem Education Program?

A: It is a collaborative effort between the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and the College of Arts and Science (CAS) at New York University (NYU) to create a pipeline for promising sophomore-standing BMCC students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, psychology, and math) related majors.

Q2: What are the benefits of being a POISE student?
A: There are several benefits of being a POISE student such as automatic membership to the Academic Achievement Program, specialized advising from CAS Advisor, individual peer-mentoring from NYU, STEM student, access to the University Learning Center (ULC) tutoring and academic workshops, access to NYU Bobst Library, participate in Fall AAP Leadership retreat, and much more. Students have the opportunity to compete for a full scholarship at NYU. For more information, visit http://aap.cas.nyu.edu/page/partnerships

Q3: What is a competitive GPA?
A: Admission is competitive. Applicants have are most competitive with an overall A to A- (90-95) average.

Q4: Besides GPA, what other activities I should be involved to be competitive?
A: You should be an active participant in the AAP community. While we understand that class schedules may prohibit students from attending every AAP event, we expect students to come when they can and be engaged participants.

Q5: What other important criteria is admission looking for besides my academic history?
A: Admissions evaluates students based on their academic record, student involvement, and recommendations.

Q6: How can I increase my chances of being selected?
A: You can increase your chances by maintaining excellent grades at BMCC and being active in the BMCC and NYU communities.

Q7: Can you still be selected to attend NYU and not receive the scholarship as POISE student?
A: Yes. NYU will work to offer you a competitive package.

Q8: Can POISE students audit classes at NYU?
A: Yes, pending instructor permission.

Q9: When will I hear about decisions?
A: In January, all POISE students will receive a tour and Admissions’ session from NYU Admissions. The application process is explained during this session. Students can expect to hear a decision from the Admissions office in May.

Q10: Once selected into the program, do I have to maintain a certain GPA to keep my scholarship?
A: Students must stay in good academic standing in the College.