Quahog Cohorts: A Community of Student Scientists


The vision of the Rhode Island College S-STEM project is to create a small but sustainable interdisciplinary community of student scientists. The project is admitting a group of ten "Quahog Cohort" who are majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and/or physics annually. Each Cohort forms part of a Science, Computing and Mathematics Learning Community that take courses together for their first two years. S-STEM students are being introduced in a "Community of Practice" to research in their freshman year and join a research group as sophomores. As juniors and seniors, participants continue with courses in their respective majors, mentor younger Cohorts and help recruit new Cohorts, while becoming more deeply involved in their own research. Supplementary activities include organized social activities each semester, STEM internships, and student travel to conferences

Social Activities

Every fall and spring, the Quahog Cohorts (which include students and faculty from the STEM disciplines) along with Rhode Island College Administers attend a banquet together at a local restaurant.  This social activity provides a great opportunity for students to meet with Rhode Island College’s President and Academic Vice President, as well as their STEM professors in an informal setting.

Student Participation in Conferences

Every S-STEM student is provided with travel support to attend a regional S-STEM conference. Mathematics students have attended the Northeastern Regional Conference of the Mathematics Association of American (MAA) which was held at Western New England College (Springfield, MA) in 2010 , and at Providence College ( Providence, RI )in 20111. In 2012, Mathematics Students attended the National Joint Mathematics Meetings which were held in Boston, Massachusetts. Computer Science students have attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges — Northeastern Region (CCSCNE) conference which was held at the University of Hartford in 2010, at Western New England College (Springfield, MA) in 2011 and at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT in 2012. Rhode Island College students competed in the Programming Contest. In 2012, Biology students attended the 4th Annual Northeast Undergraduate Research Development Symposium (NURDS) which was held March 10-11, 2012 at University of New England's Biddeford campus in Maine.

Physics students attended the New England chapter of the Joint Meeting of the New England Sections of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers (APS/AAPT ). The topics for the meetings were "Climate Change and the Future of Nuclear Power"(2011) and "Space Science and the Future of Space Exploration" (2012).


Kathryn Sanders
(Principal Investigator)
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Ann Moskol
(Co-Principal Investigator)
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Glenisson deOliveira
(Co-Principal Investigator)
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Andrea Del Vecchio
(Co-Principal Investigator)
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Roland deGouvenain
(Co-Principal Investigator)
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