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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:

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 stipend or similar funding to work  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:

  • commit 8 weeks of work to the project
  • 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 SURE Proposals- summer 2016 (Word)

Due Wednesday, March 31, 2016. 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 stipend or similar funding, 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)
» SURE proposal evaluation sheet (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. Conference Travel Funds page 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 2016 projects.

Cailey Burnett, Geology/Astronomy, ’17 (Mentor: Kaustubh Patwardhan, Geology)
Analog Experimental Models of Lava Lake Crystallization

Matthew Chason, Psychobiology, ’17 (Mentor: Aron Wiegand, Psychology)
Moral Stage Development as a Factor Predicting Depressive Symptomology: An Exploration For Informing Intervention

Julian Chipkin, Mechanical Engineering/Physics ’18 (Mentor: Kevin Shanley, Engineering)
Simulations of Newtonian and non-Newtonian Fluids Undergoing Sudden Expansions and Contractions

Kate Cushen, Biology/Geology, ’18 (Mentor: Alexander Bartholomew, Geology)
Description of Middle Devonian Plant Specimens from the Plattekill Fm., Shokan, N.Y.

Edward DeRamon, Chemistry, ’17 (Mentor: Daniel Freedman, Dean, Science and Engineering)
Improving 3D printing

Troy Ellick, Biology, ’17 (Mentor: Kara Belinsky, Biology)
Using a Bird Feeder Network to Characterize Bird Diversity across a Suburban Campus

David Foote, Mechanical Engineering, ’18 (Mentor: Heather Lai, Engineering)
Acoustical Modeling and Auralisation of Classrooms and Performance Spaces at SUNY New Paltz

Jackie Greco, Secondary Education, ’18 (Mentor: Kate McCoy, Education)
Problems and Promise: A Preliminary Study on Charter Schools

Emily Gutierrez, Political Science and WGSS, ’17 (Mentor: Jessica Pabon, WGSS)
Locating Latina Feminisms

Anthony Hollander, Biology, ’18, and Heather Wander, pre-Biology, ’19 (Mentor: David Richardson and Jannett Dinsmore, both Biology)
Ecological Changes in the Sky Lakes: Largemouth Bass diets and Salamander Communities in Lake Minnewaska

Lindsay Loforte, BFA Sculpture, ’17 (Mentor: Emily Puthoff, Sculpture)
Designing for Bees - Sculpting Resilient Pollinator Communities

Leah Mancini, Psychology, ’17 (Mentor: Doug Maynard, Psychology)
Exploratory Research of Play in Nursing Home Residents

Tobin Mathew, Biology/Physics, ’17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Kinematic Studies of Metamorphosed Axolotl Salamanders

Elizabeth Palmer, Chemistry, ’17 (Mentor: Michael Machczynski, Chemistry)
NMR investigation of Laccase Reaction Intermediates

Kieran Pierce, Environmental Geochemical Science, ’17 (Mentor: Huicheng Chien, Geography)
The Impacts of Storm Events on Water Quality

Nikki Rigaud, Chemistry, ’19 (Mentor: Megan Ferguson, Chemistry)
Applying the AdG Model to Quantify Steric Forces of Bacterial Biopolymers

Kimberly Roman, Elementary Education, ’17 (Mentor: Kiersten Greene, Elementary Education)
Foggy Mirrors and Broken Windows: Investigating Colorblindness in Young Series Readers

William Rosenkranz, Chemistry/Philosophy, ’17 (Mentor: Pamela St. John, Chemistry)
Atomic Force Microscopy of Cytoskeletal Proteins in the Presence of Xenoestrogens

Alicia Scott, Electrical Engineering, ‘18 (Mentors: Reena Dahle and Mike Otis, Engineering)
3D Printed Smart Micro-channels Cooling Panel for Improved Solar Panel Efficiency

Lauren Shea, Geology, ’17 (Mentor: Gordana Garapic, Geology)
Processes at the Mantle-Crust Transition of Mid-Ocean Ridges

Devin Tobin, Psychology, ’16, (Mentor: Lisa Bauer, Psychology)
How Sexism Can Bolster or Depress Self-Esteem, by Type and by Gender

Brandee Williams, Mathematics, ’16 (Mentor: Anca Radulescu, Mathematics)
Fractal Properties of hybrid Mandelbrot Sets

Miquael Williams, Art History, ’17 (Mentor: Keely Heuer, Art History)
Beneath the Surface: Ancient Greco-Roman Influences on Minimalist Art


2016 SURE presentation schedule

Oral presentations, Thursday, September 8, 2016
- Location: Old Main, 1907 Room (located next to Studley Theatre)

3:30 p.m. Introductions

3:40 p.m. - Miquael Williams, Art History, '17
Beneath the Surface: Ancient Greco-Roman Influences on Minimalist Art
4:00 p.m. - Lindsay Loforte, BFA Sculpture, ’17
Designing for Bees - Sculpting Resilient Pollinator Communities
4:20 p.m. - Leah Mancini, Psychology, ’17
Exploratory Research of Play in Nursing Home Residents
4:40 p.m. - Jackie Greco, Secondary Education, ’18
Problems and Promise: A Preliminary Study on Charter Schools
5:00 p.m. - Emily Gutierrez, Political Science and WGSS, '17
Locating Latina Feminisms
5:20 p.m. - Kimberly Roman, Elementary Education, ’17 
Foggy Mirrors and Broken Windows: Investigating Colorblindness in Young Series Readers

 
Poster presentations, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - Location: College Terrace

Session I - 4:30-5

Lauren Shea, Geology, ’17
Processes at the Mantle-Crust Transition of Mid-Ocean Ridges
David Foote, Mechanical Engineering, ’18
Acoustical Modeling and Auralisation of Classrooms and Performance Spaces at SUNY New Paltz
Elizabeth Palmer, Chemistry, ’17
NMR investigation of Laccase Reaction Intermediates
Brandee Williams, Mathematics, ’16
Fractal Properties of hybrid Mandelbrot Sets
Nikki Rigaud, Chemistry, ’19
Applying the AdG Model to Quantify Steric Forces of Bacterial Biopolymers

Session II 5-5:30

Edward DeRamon, Chemistry, ’17
Improving 3D printing
Kate Cushen, Biology/Geology, ’18
Description of Middle Devonian Plant Specimens from the Plattekill Fm., Shokan, N.Y.
Troy Ellick, Biology, ’17
Using a Bird Feeder Network to Characterize Bird Diversity across a Suburban Campus
Alicia Scott, Electrical Engineering, ‘18
3D Printed Smart Micro-channels Cooling Panel for Improved Solar Panel Efficiency
William Rosenkranz, Chemistry/Philosophy, ’17
Atomic Force Microscopy of Cytoskeletal Proteins in the Presence of Xenoestrogens
Tobin Mathew, Biology/Physics, ’17
Kinematic Studies of Metamorphosed Axolotl Salamanders

Session III 5:30-6

Cailey Burnett, Geology/Astronomy, ’17
Analog Experimental Models of Lava Lake Crystallization
Matthew Chason, Psychobiology, ’17
Moral Stage Development as a Factor Predicting Depressive Symptomology: An Exploration For Informing Intervention
Anthony Hollander, Biology, ’18, and Heather Wander, pre-Biology, ’19
Ecological Changes in the Sky Lakes: Largemouth Bass diets and Salamander Communities in Lake Minnewaska
Kieran Pierce, Environmental Geochemical Science, ’17
The Impacts of Storm Events on Water Quality
Julian Chipkin, Mechanical Engineering/Physics ’18
Simulations of Newtonian and non-Newtonian Fluids Undergoing Sudden Expansions and Contractions
Devin Tobin, Psychology, '16
How Sexism Can Bolster or Depress Self-Esteem, by Type and by Gender

 

Download a list of SURE projects since 2005 (PDF)

Download a list of SURE projects since 2005 (Excel)