One of the ways that SEEK helps students is by providing special projects and opportunities to develop their interests and talents outside of the classroom. Some examples of these are discussed below.

Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE): A National Honor Society

Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) is a national honor society for educational opportunity programs like SEEK. Its mission is to promote, support, and encourage academic excellence. For initial membership to XAE, a student must have a 3.0 GPA or higher for two or more consecutive semesters, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 or above, and must have completed at least 24 credits. The blue and white "honor cord" with tassel and "key pin" distinguish XAE members at graduation.

Some benefits of XAE membership include the following:

  • XAE membership is a credential that will be attractive to employers and/or graduate schools.
  • XAE membership will be attractive to scholarship boards.
  • XAE participation will make you visible to people who are willing to write excellent letters of recommendation to employers, scholarship boards, graduate schools, etc.
  • XAE membership connects you to other serious students like yourself.
  • XAE participation can be a motivator for even better grades through the pin upgrade system.

All students who are interested in learning more about XAE should contact us at 718.982.2410 or visit Building 1A, Room 112.

SEEK Research Assistants Project (RAP)

The SEEK Research Assistants Project (RAP) encourages SEEK students' interest in scientific and scholarly inquiry and provides hands-on experience in research methods. The students receive a small stipend, enabling them to serve as research assistants to faculty involved in research projects at CSI. Since the program began in 2004, students have assisted faculty and staff members in many disciplines, including biology, business, chemistry, engineering science, English, history, nursing, psychology, sociology and more.

To apply, students must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and at least 27 credits. Students who are interested in learning more about RAP should contact Ms. Jean Como, Coordinator, at 718.982.2410 or visit Building 1A, Room 112.