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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 2013 Newsletter. Like us on Facebook®.

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 listed above 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

April 2013

Minds at Work- a celebration of student achievement across the disciplines
1:30-6:30 p.m. Friday May 3, 2013

This year, M@W includes:
•    Senior Design Presentations, Engineering
•    Celebration of Writing,
•    Student Research Symposium,
•    Foundations Art Exhibition,
•    Student Documentaries, and
•    Theater Arts- Communication and Media collaboration.
•    BFAII Thesis Exhibition

Engineering students will present the results of a two-semester design project as well as co-op and fieldwork experiences.  A schedule of presentations can be found here.

Students will read an excerpt of their writing.  Awards are given for the best writing in each category.

STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM INFORMATION 4-6:30 p.m.  Library Main Reading Room,
The Student Research Symposium is an event for the presentation and recognition of student scholarship (both graduate and undergraduate). Student will present research and creative project results in poster format.  The abstract book is available here.

THE FOUNDATION ART EXHIBITION: PATTERNS & SYSTEMS  Exhibition Opening, 4:30-6 p.m., Fine Art Building Rotunda and Smiley Arts Building
The Foundation Art Exhibition provides first year students the opportunity to present a culmination of their creative research and studio practice from the semester.

STUDENT DOCUMENTARIES  4:15-6:15 p.m. Library M42
Select students will discuss and show recent documentaries produced as class projects.  Documentary titles and descriptions can be found here.

Selected students from the course collaboration between THE 441 Directing and CMM 340 TV Studio Production courses will present videos of their work.  Theatre directing students staged monologues and scenes for a theatrical space, and then adapted the scenes for recording within the television studio.

BFA candidates' art work will be on display during the opening and through May 7.

March 2013

Upcoming events and deadlines

  • Call for Faculty Mentor Award nominations, due April 17. The awardee will be announced at the Student Research Symposium.
  • Student Research Symposium (May 3): abstracts due April 3. Abstract writing workshops are offered for interested students: Wednesday March 20. Two sessions will be offered: 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. (RSVP:
  • Celebration of Writing submissions are due April 18.
  • Fall 2013 AYURE, due April 24.

Minds at Work
May 3, 2013
3-4:30 p.m. Celebration of Writing, Library Lobby
4-6:30 p.m. Student Research Symposium, Library Main Reading Room
4-6 p.m. Art Foundations Show, Fine Art Building Rotunda and Smiley Arts Building
4:15-6 p.m. Student Documentaries, Library M42
4:30-5:30 p.m. Collaborative Student Directed Scenes, Library Lobby
5-7 p.m. BFA shows, Dorsky Museum