In an effort to encourage and support the involvement of undergraduate students in a research experience, the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities program encourages faculty mentors to participate in the SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). The focus of this research program is to encourage student participation in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative activities that generate new knowledge or works. The application and related information can be found below in the call for proposals. Previous proposals and criteria for evaluation are available at the bottom of this page.
Faculty mentors will direct and provide guidance to participating students as they work on a particular aspect of the faculty’s research program. As a goal of this program is to encourage ongoing faculty-student collaboration, graduating seniors are given low priority in the funding decision. Students will receive a stipend to work full time on the project over the eight-week summer period. Early in the subsequent fall semester, all SURE students are required to present the results of their work. The date and format of the presentations will be determined. Student participants are also encouraged to present their work at appropriate regional and national meetings.
SURE students will meet with their faculty mentors during regularly during the award period to discuss the progress and problems that may evolve during the course of the research engagement. This interaction will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in communicating their plans and questions involved with their project. Additionally, students will attend workshops on writing and presentation of research results.
SURE students commit to:
-work full time for eight weeks (cannot be taking summer classes)
-provide assessment information (two surveys)
-attend three lunch-time meetings during the SURE award period
-present the results of the summer project in the fall semester
-complete all paperwork in a timely fashion
» Download the call for proposals- summer 2013 (Word)
Due Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The next SURE proposals will be due in mid-to-late March.
*New* opportunity for first year students
The RSCA program is excited to announce a new funding opportunity for undergraduate researchers. The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program supports an undergraduate and faculty mentor in the pursuit of a research or creative project. Due to the level of experience generally required for such a project, SURE funds are typically awarded to more advanced students. To provide first year students with research experience opportunities, we will offer a supplementary SURE award. This award will support a rising sophomore who will work with a faculty mentor and upper class SURE student. This second SURE student will also receive a $3,100 stipend (hourly rate) and the mentor a supplementary stipend of $300. The supplementary award is not a stand alone award; it must be associated with a funded SURE project.
Supplementary SURE proposals will be submitted with a SURE proposal (due Tuesday, April 2, 2013). If the SURE proposal is funded, the supplementary proposal will be considered. The supplementary proposal format is described below. It is expected that supplemental project will be a project that parallels or is a subproject of the SURE project. The supplemental work should expose the student to work that is appropriate for the discipline and will require higher level analysis appropriate to the discipline.
» Download the SURE supplemental application (Word)
Due Tuesday, April 2, 2013 with a SURE proposal.
2012 SURE Presentations Schedule
Click here to see the 2012 SURE abstract book.
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
1:45 p.m. Introductions
2 p.m. Joseph Bacchi, Philosophy, 2013 (Bruce Milem, Philosophy)
Overcoming "Man": The Great Health & Nietzsche's Zarathustra
2:20 p.m. Elizabeth Koza, History, 2013 (Michael Vargas, History)
The Emergence of Converso Identities in Late Medieval Spain
2:40 p.m. Jade Quinn, Theatre Arts, Creative Writing, 2014 (Cyrus Mulready, English)
The Four Prentices of London and the Conquest of the Modern Stage
3 p.m. Brianna Murphy, Ceramics, Art Education, 2013 (Bryan Czibesz, Art)
New Modes of Visualizing the Human Form: DICOM Digital Technologies and the Arts
3:20 p.m. Daniel SanGiacomo, Ceramics, 2013 (Jennifer Woodin, Art)
Designing Toys: An Exploration of Digital Fabrication Technologies
3:40 p.m. Sarath Manuel, Psychology, 2013 (Navin Viswanathan, Psychology)
Effects of accented speech backgrounds on speech perception
4 p.m. Elizabeth Sacchi, Psychology 2013 (Giordana Grossi, Psychology)
Second language learning in late bilinguals: an ERP study
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012
11:30 a.m. Introductions
11:40 a.m. Cody Saraceno, Molecular Biology 2013 (Jeffrey L. Reinking, Biology)
Is paxilline a human Estrogen Receptor alpha?
12 p.m. David Charifson, Biology: Organismal Track, 2013 (David C. Richardson, Biology)
Increased Productivity in Lake Minnewaska by Trophic Cascade
12:20 p.m. Nicole Dimisko, Biology: Organismal/Environment, 2012 (Spencer M. Mass, Biology)
Preparation and study of planarian tissue exposed to BPA
12:40 p.m. Kyle Dailey, Mathematics, 2013 (David M. Clark, Mathematics)
Exposition of Murskiĭ's Theorem
1 p.m. Eric Van Vlack, Chemistry, 2013(Frantz Folmer-Andersen, Chemistry)
Covalent equilibria of acylhydrazone formation
1:20 p.m. Kathleen Westervelt, pre-Chemistry, 2015 (Pamela St. John, Chemistry)
The interactions of DNA in the presence of CTAB
» Download the evaluation criteria for SURE proposals (Word)
» Download a laboratory science example proposal (Word)
» Download a social science example proposal (Word)
» Download another social science example proposal (Word)
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. Please go the the Research Opportunities page to find the Travel Award application and information.