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Opportunities > Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

*See SURE award recipients and presentation lists below.

Click here to see the 2014 SURE abstract book

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 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. Mentors will be required to participate in a midpoint feedback process. The Safety Supplemental Stipend has been established to recognize the significant time commitment of faculty mentors to issues of student safety that is required for some projects (see the call for proposals). 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 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 and midpoint feedback)
  • attend three lunchtime 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 2015 (Word)

Due Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 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 first-year 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 $3,400 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.

Supplemental SURE proposals will be submitted with a SURE proposal. If the SURE proposal is funded, the supplemental proposal will be considered. The supplemental proposal format is described below.   It is expected that supplemental project will be a project that parallels or is a sub-project of the SURE project. The project should expose the student to work that is appropriate for the discipline and should contribute to the intellectual development of the student.

» Download the SURE supplemental application (Word)
» 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 Undergraduate Research Experience Travel Award (URETA). 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 Conference Travel Fundspage to find the URETA application and information.


Congratulations to all Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award recipients! See the list below for student names, mentors and titles to the SURE 2015 projects.

Jared Flagler, Geography, ’16 (Mentor: Huicheng Chien, Geography)
Combining Air Temperature and Streamflow to Estimate Stream Water Temperature

Sarah Sansone, ’16 and Sawyer McFadden ’18, both Environmental Geochemical Science
(Mentor: Shafiul Chowdhury, Geological Sciences)
Groundwater Flow Modeling to Evaluate the Potential for Stream Bank Erosion

Dante Peluso, Electrical Engineering, ’16 (Mentor: Reena Dahle, Electrical, Mechanical, & Computer Engineering)
The Use of 3D Printing to Design an Increased Bandwidth Microstrip Patch Antenna

Maddie-Blair Wright, Biology, ’16 (Mentor: Aaron Haselton, Biology)
Challenging Invasion: An Investigation of the Success of the Invasive Paper Wasp, Polistes dominulus, and Its Native Counterpart, Polistes fuscatus, in Different Habitats Within the Mohonk Preserve

Ryan Baker-Urzua, Environmental Geochemical Science (Biology), ’16 (Mentor: Eric Keeling, Biology)
Effects of Prescribed Fire on Ecophysiology, Germination, and Relative Abundance of Chestnut Oak Seedlings at Mohonk Preserve, NY

Paulina Lustgarten, Sociology, ’16 (Mentor: Scott LeVine, Geography)
Establishing Preference Structures for Automated Vehicles’ Novel Traffic-Operations Regimes

Meredith Eldridge, Biology/Psychology/Creative Writing, ’16 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Comparative Kinematics of Gait, Breathing and Feeding in Ambystomoid Salamanders

Josh Johnikutty, Biology (Cell/Molecular)/Chemistry, ’17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Further Investigation of the Actin Cytoskeleton of Regenerating Planaria Exposed to Xenoestrogens

Christian Zoeger Boggiano, Mechanical Engineering (Business), ’17 (Mentor: Jared W. Nelson, Computer Engineering)
Use of Digital Image Correlation to Reduce Material Testing Requirements for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Qualification

Megan Doty, Graphic Design BFA, French BA, ’16 (Mentor: Amy Papaelias, Art Department)
Designing Digital Scholarship: Print and Web Design Explorations for a Special Issue of Visible Language Journal

Bryan Krebs, Biology Concentration Organismal/Environmental, ’15 (Mentor: David C. Richardson, Biology)
Ecological Communities in the Sky Lakes: Zooplankton Diversity, Size and Ingestion Rates

Ari Pignatelli, Mechanical Engineering, ’17 (Mentor: Kevin T. Shanley, Electrical, Mechanical, & Computer Engineering)
Numerical Analysis of Air Infiltration/Exfiltration Through Automated Sliding Doors on A Commercial Low-Rise Building During A Single Door Opening Event

Olivia Seirup, Mathematics (minor: Deaf Studies), ’16 (Mentor: Francis Valiquette, Department of Mathematics)Two-Dimensional Discrete Euclidean Invariant Variational Problems


2015
SURE presentation schedule -
Location:
Room 1907 - Old Main

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


5:00pm Introductions

5:10pm, Bethany O’Hara, Biology, ’17 (Mentor: Maureen Morrow, Biology)
Characterization of an Antifungal Metabolite 
5:30pm, Maddie-Blair Wright, Biology, ’16 (Mentor: Aaron Haselton, Biology)
Challenging Invasion: An Investigation of the Success of the Invasive Paper Wasp, Polistes dominulus, and its Native Counterpart, Polistes fuscatus, in Different Habitats Within the Mohonk Preserve 
5:50pm, Josh Johnikutty, Biology/Chemistry, ’17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Further Investigation of the Actin Cytoskeleton of Regenerating Planaria Exposed to Xenoestrogens 
6:10pm, Meredith Eldridge, Biology/Psych/Creative Writing, ’16 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Comparative Kinematics of Gait, Breathing and Feeding in Ambystomoid Salamanders 
6:30pm, Ryan Baker-Urzua, Environmental Geochemical Science (Biology), ’16 (Mentor: Eric Keeling, Biology) Effects of Prescribed Fire on Ecophysiology, Germination, and Relative Abundance
of Chestnut Oak Seedlings at Mohonk Preserve, NY
6:50pm, Jared Flagler, Geography, ’16 (Mentor: Huicheng Chien, Geography)
Combining Air Temperature and Streamflow to Estimate Stream Water Temperature 
7:10pm, Bryan Krebs, Biology Concentration Organismal/Environmental, ’15
(Mentor: David Richardson, Biology)
Ecological Communities in the Sky Lakes: Zooplankton Diversity, Size and Ingestion Rates 
7:30pm, Sarah Sansone, ’16 and Sawyer McFadden ’18, both Environmental Geochemical Science (Mentor: Shafiul Chowdhury, Geological Sciences)
Groundwater Flow Modeling to Evaluate the Potential for Stream Bank Erosion 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9:00am
Introductions 

9:10am, Ari Pignatelli, Mechanical Engineering, ’17 (Mentor: Kevin T. Shanley, Electrical, Mechanical, & Computer Engineering) Numerical Analysis of Air Infiltration/Exfiltration Through Automated Sliding Doors on A Commercial Low-Rise Building During A Single Door Opening Event 
8:30am, Olivia Seirup, Mathematics (minor: Deaf Studies), ’16 (Mentor: Francis Valiquette, Department of Mathematics) Two-Dimensional Discrete Euclidean Invariant Variational Problems 
9:50am, Christian Zoeger Boggiano, Mechanical Engineering (Business), ’17 (Mentor: Jared W. Nelson, Computer Engineering) Use of Digital Image Correlation to Reduce Material Testing Requirements for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Qualification 
10:10am, Dante Peluso, Electrical Engineering, ’16 (Mentor: Reena Dahle, Electrical, Mechanical, & Computer Engineering)
The Use of 3D Printing to Design an Increased Bandwidth Microstrip Patch Antenna 
10:30am, Paulina Lustgarten, Sociology, ’16 (Mentor: Scott LeVine, Geography)
Establishing Preference Structures for Automated Vehicles’ Novel Traffic-Operations Regimes 
10:50am, Megan Doty, Graphic Design BFA, French BA, ’16 (Mentor: Amy Papaelias, Art Department) Designing Digital Scholarship: Print and Web Design Explorations for a Special Issue of Visible Language Journal


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