Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC)

Office for Student Research & Creativity (OSRC)

Meet the OSRC staff:

Hi all! My name is Yan Shan Yu (full bio) and I am a junior in the Honors Program majoring in forensic psychology and minoring in criminology. I recently joined the OSRC team as a Research and Administrative Assistant. I am excited to work with the team to learn more about the different aspects of research and to plan events centered around research for those who are interested. Research is an essential part to my major and hopefully to you all because it allows us to explore and evaluate the information we receive. If any of you are interested in research, please do not hesitate to come by our office. I hope to see you guys during the variety of events we host and also in our office as we are committed to help you all!

Hello All! My name is Yareli Perez (full bio) and I am a junior majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in Criminology at JJC. I am also in the Honors Program, INSPIRE Lab, McNair Program, and now happily part of the OSRC. Since I have a deep passion for learning about human behavior, specifically the reasoning behind criminals’ actions, there is much I need to learn about the research process. I would like to conduct research on violent crimes such as sexual assault and its connection to gender. Therefore, I cannot wait to see how my experience in OSRC further strengthens my relationship with research and enhances my knowledge of other academic processes.

Hey Hey! I am Meena Jagdeo and was a part of the OSRC office. I am presently pursuing Forensic Psychology, with a focus in Mental Health Counseling, so that I may eventually obtain licensure and certifications. As part of the OSRC, I was able to expand my experiences with regard to research and creativity, including working with the diverse student community. I participated in the various events as well as the Research & Creativity Expo in spring, which showcased the OSRC student work among many more. The OSRC scholarship program is an amazing cohort program opportunity for everyone who is interested in adding to their research interests while working with a faculty mentor.

Hey! My name is Juan Pineros and was a Research and Administrative Assistant at the OSRC for about two years. I am a junior student at JJC majoring in Political Science and Public Administration. I enjoy reading and talking about politics, especially at the international level. Research has played an important role through my undergraduate studies as well as when choosing my career interests after graduation. The OSRC office will help you explore new paths and if you are into research, this might be the place to start for you! If you stop by one day just to explore the program, let one of us know and we will be happy to assist you! You will be joining a team of dedicated and diverse set of students and faculty that will help with your path through your undergraduate career and beyond!

Hi all! My name is Nicole Sofia Campodonico and I am a graduate student at JJC in the BA/MA Forensic Psychology Program. I worked as a Research and Administrative Assistant for two years at the OSRC under Bettina’s supervision. I was a member of the 2018-2019 CUNY Service Corps and participated in the 2020 Uncommon Schools-Teaching Fellowship Program. Working in the OSRC allowed me to make multiple friends and the many  skills I learned will continue to help me academically and professionally. My favorite experience was the 2019 Research & Creativity Expo Opening Day when I got to moderate selected student presentations and attend the faculty mentor reception where the cohort students presented their work.

Hi all! My name is Kyle Goetz and I worked in the OSRC for two years (2018-2020). I just graduated from JJC with my MA in Forensic Psychology and plan to work with State Troopers or the FBI before eventually pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. As Research and Administrative Assistant with OSRC, I had a bunch of different and fun responsibilities and assignments but my favorite aspects about working there were the endless laughs that Bettina, my co-workers, and myself had while working and the amazing networking opportunities this Office presents by working directly with numerous students and the wonderful faculty at John Jay!

If your receive Federal Work Study awards and are interested in joining the OSRC team,
contact the Assistant Director ( to make an appointment. 

Here are our three major objectives:

Early engagement

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Do not underestimate the power of the inquiry and the life-long benefits of conducting research/creative work early in your college career. And, remember - anyone can do research! In fact, we all conduct research every day. How? By asking vital questions, engaging in systematic processes to find truths, and sharing our findings with those around us. The critical thinking skills you acquire through the research/creative process will help you thrive in any classroom or work environment. Research connects and is connected to everything: Policy, scholarship, public service, journalism, to name a few, all rely on the facts derived from rigorous research. Without the information garnered through research, effective learning and educated decision-making are impossible.

What are you waiting for? Get started now!




effective Mentorship

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Research shows that long term mentoring relationships with faculty and/or participation in research labs improve students’ academic adjustment, retention, and academic success; develops their team work and leadership skills; hones their communication, writing, and presentation skills; and is overall associated with a wide range of favorable behavioral, health-related, motivational, and career outcomes. It is also a life-altering experience that is fun, engaging, and challenging.

So stop by my office and let’s find your mentor match!

community building

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True to the New York spirit, John Jay proudly has the most diverse student body among CUNY’s senior colleges, representing 130+ nationalities and with 42% of students who are first in their family to attend college. We understand that finding new friends and creating community can be a challenge in such a new and distinct environment. Our research/creativity community is vast, robust, and vibrant. We will connect you to cohorts and labs, inform you of cross campus trainings, and invite you to workshops and seminars relevant to your research or creative project. We also help you network beyond the John Jay College setting, in order to maximize your chances of finding just the right internship or volunteer placement and prepare you for your academic and professional future.

Get into the team spirit and join us!