Happy 10th Anniversary
The 2016–17 academic year brought milestones for three important undergraduate programs, with the Pre-Law Institute, the John Jay-Vera Fellows program, and the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM) all celebrating 10 years of serving the College community. Each in its way has helped pave the way for students’ personal, academic, and professional success.
The Pre-Law Institute helps students pursue and realize their goals of attending law school. To support this mission, PLI offers a comprehensive array of programs and activities: pre-law boot camps; an LSAT prep program; a law school prep program; judicial internships; and the centerpiece, the annual Law Day at John Jay. In one recent cohort, participants in PLI programs were admitted to more than 84 law schools nationwide and received more than $13 million in scholarship aid.
On Oct. 19, 2016, John Jay students, alumni, staff, trustees, and numerous dignitaries gathered at the Yale Club in Manhattan to celebrate the PLI anniversary. For more information, visit: www.jjay.cuny.edu/pre-law-institute
The Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math represents a quantum leap for John Jay’s historical commitment to the sciences as part of its Educating for Justice mission. Pairing aspiring science and math students with faculty research mentors, PRISM provides a comprehensive array of programs designed to foster academic excellence and increased opportunities for success in graduate school and careers. PRISM allows undergraduate researchers to benefit from mentored research partnerships, academic and professional advisement, financially supported opportunities to participate in professional conferences, group and one-on-one study support, and more. In 2011, PRISM was recognized by President Barack Obama as a national model of excellence, with a 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring. For more information, visit: http://prismatjjay.org
The John Jay-Vera Fellows program is a dynamic collaboration between the College, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Vera’s spinoff agencies, providing internships and academic experience for up to 10 exceptional undergraduates each year.
Through Vera and its partners, Fellows intern 10 hours per week for two semesters, working with the homeless, with ex-offenders reentering society, with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and with the disabled, immigrants, at-risk juveniles, and the mentally ill. In return, they earn six academic credits and a $3,000 annual stipend. To date, more than 100 students have benefited from this unique partnership. For more information, visit: www.jjay.cuny.edu/vera-fellows-program