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Undergraduate Student Research

Undergraduate Students Creating
New Knowledge and Works


The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) program has been established to enable undergraduate students to experience the excitement of creating new knowledge or works. Learn more with the fall 2014 Newsletter. Like us on Facebook®.


September 2014

Congratulations to the twelve students that received a fall semester AYURE award! These students are majoring in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Education, Evolutionary Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics. Details can be found on our AYURE webpage.

August 2014

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) presentations are approaching.  For a list of presentation dates and times visit our SURE webpage.  

-Upcoming RSCA Deadlines:
-Fall 2014 AYURE: September 4, 2014
-Posters on the Hill: November 5, 2014
-NCUR: December 2, 2014
-Spring 2015 AYURE: December 4, 2014
-SURE 2015: April 2, 2015
-Faculty Mentor Award: April 16, 2015

June 2014

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) is proud to announce the 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award recipients!  For more information on SURE and titles to the research projects please visit
the SURE webpage.  Congratulations students and mentors!

SURE student group photo












Top row - Josh Johnikutty '17, Biology, Christina Covington '14, Psychology, Adam Noach '16, Chemistry,
Brandon Bera '16, Envtl. Geochemical Science, Jake Carias '15, Sociology.

Middle row - Alexandra Hobby '15, Mathematics, Emily Rouse '14, Biochemistry, Izabella Mlynarska '15, Biology.

Bottom row - Briana Dabroski '14, BFA Sculpture, Valerie Stanson '15, Biology/Black Studies, Ali Immel '15, Mathematics, Ana Bennet, Psychology '15.

May 2014

Minds at Work: A Student Achievement Celebration

Friday, May 2nd, 1-6:30pm


This event celebrates student writing across the disciplines. The Writing Board wishes to recognize the effort students have put into course assignments and other writing endeavors. Participants will read an excerpt of their writing and selected pieces will be published in the Writing Board Newsletter. Approximately 30 students will participate in this event.


4-4:30 pm - Introductory remarks & Faculty mentor award announcement

The Student Research Symposium will feature the work of 120 students who have participated with faculty or under faculty supervision in original, independent research, critical reviews, laboratory projects or field studies, etc. The poster presentations represent research from 17 different departments. The SRS abstract book with a description of each project will be made available on-line at Original student music compositions will also be featured during the event.

THE FOUNDATION ART EXHIBITION 4-6:00 pm Fine Arts Building Rotunda

An integral aspect for creating community is to show one's work publicly. The Foundation Art Exhibition provides first year students the opportunity to present a culmination of their creative research and studio practice from the semester. The show represents the best work from of more than 180 students. The students are responsible for creating, curating and preparing the work for this display that celebrates and welcomes the college community.


Select students will discuss and show recent documentaries produced in a Communications and Media course: and as a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) project

ART STUDIO BFA THESIS EXHIBITION II opening 5-7:00pm, Dorsky Museum

Work of the candidates for the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree will be on display through May 6th.

Honors Thesis presentations 1-3, Honors Center

Seven graduating students in the Honors Program will present thesis projects as part of the Thesis Presentation Series.

April 2014 

Four SUNY New Paltz students were accepted to present the results of their faculty mentored research projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky which took place April 3-5, 2014.  For more details see below (January 2014) and stay posted for our upcoming spring newsletter.

Pictured from lncur14eft to right -
Katherine Betuel '14, Cellular/Molecular Biology/Chemistry
Emma Lagle '14, History/Sociology
Rui Wang '14, Economics
Chen Zhou '16, Linguistics. 

For more information on NCUR, click here.








February 2014

Upcoming events and deadlines:

January 2014

RSCA is proud to announce that four New Paltz students have been accepted to present the results of their faculty mentored research projects at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky. The conference will be held April 3-5, 2014. NCUR is very competitive and New Paltz students had a 100 percent acceptance rate! Congratulations to all!

Below is a list of students and mentors who have been chosen to participate:

Rui Wang '14, Economics, (mentor: Simin Mozayeni, Economics)
Solar Photovoltiac Panels Industry Structure and Market Power

Katherine Betuel '14, Cellular/Molecular Biology/Chemistry (mentors: Maureen Morrow, Biology, and Hon Ho, Biology)
Characterization and Effectiveness of the Antifungal Metabolite Produced by the Isaria Fungus

Emma Lagle '14, History/Sociology (mentor: Andrew Evans, History)
Internment and Repatriation: The Gendered British Policy Concerning German Immigrants in the First World War

Chen Zhou '16, Linguistics, (mentor: Oksana Laleko, Linguistics)
Transfer from Second Language to Third Language: Role of Second Language in Third Language Acquisition

For more information on NCUR, click here.


December 2013

Congratulations to the students who were selected for a spring semester AYURE award! These students are majoring/minoring in Asian Studies, Biology, Computer Science, Evolutionary Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science-Theory and Theatre Arts & Technology/Scenic Design. Details can be found at the AYURE site.

October 2013

The RSCA program is happy to announce two special conference travel awards. Students who apply to the Posters on the Hill (Washington, DC, instructions) and the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (University of Kentucky, instructions) are eligible for these travel awards that will cover the costs of attendance (including travel, lodging and food). Both programs require an abstract in the application process. The RSCA program will host an abstract writing workshop on Wed., Nov. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Students must RSVP to with 'workshop' in the subject line by Mon., Nov. 11.

Summary of upcoming deadlines
-Posters on the Hill, Deadline: Nov. 4, 2013/ Event:Mid-March 2014
-Abstract writing workshop: Deadline for RSVP: Mon., Nov. 11/ Event: Wed., Nov. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
-Spring 2014 AYURE: Dec. 2, 2013
-NCUR, Deadline: Dec. 6, 2013/ Event: April 3-5, 2014

 September 2013

Congratulations to the seven students selected for fall semester AYURE awards. These students are majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Cellular/Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geochemical Science, Printmaking and Psychology. Details can be found at the AYURE site.

The SURE student presentations are scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12.  Go to the SURE web site for the detailed schedule and a copy of the abstract book.

June 2013

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities (RSCA) is proud to announce the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award recipients!

SURE photo











Top row - Steven DiMeglio '14, Envtl. Geochemical  Science, Adam Rimawi '15, Biology, Jonathan Valle '14, Geology, James Baglia '14, Geology/Envtl. Geoscience, Michael Carey '14, Biochemistry, Erich Stern '14, Biology, Alexis Tellefsen '14, Ceramics.

Middle row - Joshua Angehr '14, Graphic Design, Hannah Miller '14, Biology, Savannah Blum '14, Sculpture, Margaret Dawson '14, Psych/Disaster Studies, Michael Facelle '15, Comp. Engineering.

Bottom row - Adam Simone '14, Comp. Science, Rachel Silverbloom '14, Philosophy, Hannah Powers '14, Chemistry, Samantha Schiffman, Psychology '13, Jordan White '14, Secondary Ed/English.

For more information on SURE and titles to the research projects please visit the SURE webpage.
Congratulations students and mentors!

May 2013

Yesterday, while visiting the New Paltz campus, the SUNY Chancellor was asked what she thought made New Paltz special among the 64 SUNY campuses.  In response, she noted the faculty's scholarly accomplishments and the inclusion of undergraduates in these intellectual endeavors.  I agree wholeheartedly with this perception of our campus and would like to recognize this year's RSCA Faculty Mentor awardee, Professor Michael Vargas (History).  The RSCA program recognizes one faculty mentor each year and the decision is always made difficult by the exceptional quality of the nominees. Congratulations to Michael, our previous awardees, and all the mentors who make New Paltz special.

Maureen Morrow, RSCA Director