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Undergraduate Research


In an effort to encourage and support the connections between undergraduate student learning and faculty scholarship, the Office of Academic Affairs will provide support for faculty-mentored student scholarship through the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program. Support will be provided for activities that create new knowledge or works in ways commensurate with practices in the discipline. The expectation of this program is to further the education experience of our students through active participation in their field of study. This program is open to all faculty wishing to mentor students in projects that enable the student to achieve beyond that which is possible in the classroom.

Faculty mentors will direct and provide guidance to participating students as they work on a specific project (which may be a particular aspect of the faculty's research program) during the course of a semester. Each student will meet weekly with their faculty mentor to discuss progress and problems that may arise during the semester. This interaction will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in communicating their plans and questions associated with their project. Graduate students and undergraduates may also apply for research funds through the Student Association's Research Project line.

» Download the AYURE call for proposals- spring 2017 (.docx)
** Please contact the RSCA Director (morrowm@newpaltz.edu, X3776) with your proposal application questions.

Deadlines for AYURE proposals are typically in the 12th-13th week of the semester. A second call for fall proposals is typically sent out at the beginning of the fall semester with an early September deadline.

Download the AYURE proposal evaluation sheet (Word)

ayureexample. This proposal was considered excellent by all members of the RSCA Advisory Board.

The fall 2017 AYURE Projects:

John Kuhling, Electrical Engineering, ‘17 (Mentor: Reena Dahle, Electrical Engineering)
Wireless Power Transfer for Powering Passive Implantable Biological Devices

Brianna Best, English/Creative Writing, ‘17 (Mentor: Vicki Tromanhauser, English)
A Relative Canon:  Twentieth-Century Woman Writers and the Discourse of Physics

Reshma Gheevarghese, Biology, ‘19 (Mentors: Kara Belinsky, Jennifer Waldo, both Biology)
Using DNA Fingerprinting to Understand Songbird Family Structure

Colin Wakeford, ’17, and Robert Weiland, ’16, both Computer Science (Mentor: Min Chen, Computer Science)
Applications of k-means Algorithm on Experiment Analysis

Aakriti Ramayani, Biochemistry, ‘17 (Mentor: Preeti Dhar, Chemistry)
Facile Ring Opening of Cyclic Ethers Using Sodium Borohydride/Iodine

Andrew Zlotnick, Chemistry, ‘17 (Mentor: Megan Ferguson, Chemistry)
Preparing and Characterizing LPS Monolayers by AFM

Caitlynn Barrett, Theatre Arts/Communications, ‘16 (Mentor: Ken Goldstein, Theatre Arts)
Set Design for Department of Theatre Arts’ Production of Oklahoma!

Matthew Cattani, Physics, ‘19 (Mentor: Catherine Herne, Physics and Astronomy)
Implementing a Position-Sensitive Detector for Optical Manipulation

Lucas Tracy, Physics, ‘18 (Mentor: Catherine Herne, Physics and Astronomy)
Measuring Rotation Rates of Graphite Flakes in Laguerre-Gauss Modes

Ani Coram, Anthropology, ‘17 (Mentor: Benjamin Junge, Anthropology)
PrEP and Masculinity

Bethany O’Hara, Biology, ‘17 (Mentor: Maureen Morrow, Biology)
The Effect of Atrazine on the Cytoskeletal structure of Jurkat Cells

Jessica Piga, Biology, ‘16 (Mentor: Maureen Morrow, Biology)
Microbial Source Tracking of Enterococci from Local Waterways

Gabrielle Jones, Chemistry, ’16, and Brett Pinsky, Biochemistry, ’18 (Mentors: Maureen Morrow, Biology, Preeti Dhar, Chemistry)
Stimulation of B16 Cells by PC and HM Plant Extracts

Jessica Mortensen, Anthropology/Biochemistry, ‘17 (Mentor: Kenneth Nystrom, Anthropology)
Reconstructing Faunal Diet at the Site of Nadin, Croatia

Hailee Edwards, Anthony Hollander, Heather Wander, all three Biology, ’18, and Kayla Reid, Biochemistry, ’18 (Mentor: David Richardson, Biology)
Nutrient Limitation of Algal Growth and Food Webs in Lake Minnewaska

Samantha Guglielmo, Theatre Arts/Art History, ‘17 (Mentor: Andrea Varga, Theatre Arts)
Costume Design for Theatre Arts production of The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey

Matthew Ryan Limerick, Theatre Arts, ‘17 (Mentor: Andrea Varga, Theatre Arts)
Costume Design for an original play “Mask’s Off” by student playwright Raine Grayson

The spring 2016 AYURE Projects:

Joseph Dunstan, Chemistry, ‘17 (Mentor: Frantz Folmer-Anderson, Chemistry)
Investigation of Molecular Recognition by Novel Macrocycles

Elizabeth Levy, Psychology/Sociology, ’17 (Mentor: Glenn Geher, Psychology)
Behavioral Correlates of Neanderthal Genetic Overlap 

Tobin Mathew, Biology/Physics, ’17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Comparative Kinematics of Gait in Ambystomoid Salamanders

Jaclyn Greco, Secondary Education, ‘18 (Mentor: Kate McCoy, Educational Studies)
Understanding the Impact of Charter Schools: A Preliminary Study

Steven Roberts, Contemporary Music Studies, ‘17 (Mentor: Alex Peh, Music)
Karl Heinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis Arranged for Piano Duet

The fall 2015 AYURE Projects:

Elizabeth Mallinson, Theatre Arts: Design and Technology, ‘16 (Mentor: Ken Goldstein, Theatre Arts)
Projection Design for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Dana Weintraub, Theatre Arts/English Literature, ‘16 (Mentor: Ken Goldstein, Theatre Arts)
Scenic Design and Research for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Maddie-Blair Wright, Biology, ‘16 (Mentor: Aaron Haselton, Biology)
A Comparative Investigation of Thermal Stress Resistance in the Invasive Paper Wasp, Polistes dominulus, and its Native Counterpart, Polistes fuscatus

Chevonne McInnis, Physics, ‘16 (Mentor: Catherine Herne, Physics and Astronomy)
Measuring Rotation Rates of Optically Rotating Asymmetrical Absorbing Objects

Ann O’Brien, Physics/Mathematics, ‘16 (Mentor: Catherine Herne, Physics and Astronomy)
Manipulating Birefringent Crystals with Polarization Singularity Modes

Christina Johnson, Biology, ’16, Alvin Mathew, Biology, ‘16 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Developing Planarian Blastemal Cell Culture Techniques for Confocal Imaging

Renato Lúcio de Carvalho, Chemistry, ’16, Isadora Maria Vicente da Silva, Chemistry, ’16,
John Hoffman, Biochemistry, ‘16 (Mentors: Maureen Morrow, Biology, Preeti Dhar, Chemistry)
Phytochemical and Antimicrobial Evaluation of Heracleum maximum Extracts

Bethany O’Hara, Biology, ‘17 (Mentors: Maureen Morrow, Biology, Frantz Folmer-Anderson, Chemistry)
Purification and Characterization of an Antifungal Metabolite

Jessica Mortensen, Anthropology/Biochemistry, ‘17 (Mentor: Kenneth Nystrom, Anthropology)
Dietary Reconstruction of the Impact of Romanization at the site of Nadin, Croatia

Rachel Marra, Physics/Astronomy, 16 (Mentor: Anca Radulescu, Mathematics)
A Systems Model of Brain Dynamics in Compulsive Behavior

Ari Pignattelli, Mechanical Engineering, ‘17 (Mentor: Anca Radulescu, Mathematics)
Dynamic Behavior for Networks of Coupled Complex Logistic Maps

Angela Chen, ’15, Matthew Farragher, ’16, both Environmental Geochemical Science (Mentor: David Richardson, Biology)
Water Chemistry and Zooplankton Dynamics Across the Sky Lakes

Kyle F. Law, Psychology/Economics, ‘16 (Mentor: Corwin Senko, Psychology)
Math Magic Study

Gabrielle Buck, Environmental Geochemical Science, ‘16 (Mentor: Ekaterina Shemyakova, Mathematics)
Orbits of Darboux Transformations of Type I

Simon Li, Economics/Mathematics, ‘17 (Mentor: Ekaterina Shemyakova, Mathematics)
Darboux Transformations and Berezinians

Abigail Fagan, Chemistry, 17 (Mentor: Pamela St. John, Chemistry)
Fluorescence Detection of Xenoestrogens Using HPLC

Nicholas Golom, Biology, ‘16 (Mentor: Jason Valens, Biology)
Comparison of Metagenomic Representations of Biofilm Populations with Confocal Visualization using Species-specific Fluorescent DNA Probes

Krista Arena, Theatre Arts, ‘16 (Mentor: Andrea Varga, Theatre Arts)
Costume Design & Illustrations for A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller: A production of the Theatre Arts Department

Rachel Amelia Rienecker, Theatre Arts, ‘17 (Mentor: Andrea Varga, Theatre Arts)
Costume Design & Illustrations for The Great Gatsby: A Blackbox production of the Theatre Arts Department

Julie Planke, Psychology, ‘16 (Mentor: Sarah Shuwairi, Psychology)
Developmental Differences in Oculomotor Activity toward Possible and Impossible Figures

David Weddle, History, ‘16 (Mentor: Heinz Insu Fenkl, English)
Korean History for Babos (Babo is the Korean word for “dummy”)


AYURE award list _2016 pdf 

Download a list of AYURE projects since fall 2007 (Excel)

Students who have participated in the SURE and AYURE programs will be invited to apply for the Travel Award for Undergraduates. This award supports attendance at a professional conference to present the faculty-mentored research results. Attendance at professional conference will continue the research experience by enabling the student to participate in the professional environment of sharing knowledge and creative projects. The Travel Award application and information can be found at the RSCA Conference Travel Funds page.


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