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Opportunities > Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

See SURE award recipients and presentation lists below.

Click here to see the 2013 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. 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)
  • -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 2014 (Word)

Due Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  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 $3,400 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.

Supplementary SURE proposals will be submitted with a SURE proposal (due Wednesday, March 26, 2014). 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 Due Wednesday, March 26, 2014 with a SURE proposal.

» 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.


Congratulations to all Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) award recipients! See the list below for student names, mentors and titles to the SURE 2014 projects.

Jake Carias, Sociology, ’15 (Mentor: Benjamin Junge, Anthropology)
Generational Differences: Monogamy, Marriage, and Sexual Norms Within the Gay/Bisexual Community

Briana Dabroski, BFA Sculpture, ’15 (Mentor: Emily Puthoff, Art)
STEM to STEAM Curriculum / Tinkering and Making with Accessible Technology

Izabella Mlynarska, Biology, ’15, and Josh Johnikutty, Biology, ’17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Does BPA alter the regenerating planarian nervous system

Emily Rouse, Biochemistry, ’14 (Mentors: Jeffrey Reinking, Biology and Spencer Mass, Biology)
Investigating the cross-reactivity of compounds that effect both ion-channels and the human Estrogen Receptor

Valerie Stanson, Biology/Black Studies, ’15 (Mentor: David Richardson, Biology)
The mystery unveiled: Effects of ecosystem wide changes in Lake Minnewaska on the rare deep water bryophyte, Sphagnum trinitense

Adam Noach
, Chemistry, ’16 (Mentor: Frantz Folmer-Anderson, Chemistry)
Synthesis of new BINOL-containing macrocycles for enantiomeric discrimination

Jeffrey Babicz, Chemistry ACS, ’14 (Mentor: Michael Machczynski, Chemistry)
NMR Investigation of Laccase Catalysis

Brandon Bera, Environmental Geochemical Science, ’16 (Mentor: Kevin Shanley, Elect. & Comp. Engineering)
An Open Source Approach to Numerical Simulations of Fluid Flow through Rock Fractures with Application to Large Scale Advanced Geothermal Energy Systems

Alexandra Hobby
, Mathematics (Physics), ’15 (Mentor: David Hobby, Mathematics)
Continued fractions with common tails

Ali Immel, Mathematics, ’15 (Mentor: Francis Valiquette, Mathematics)
Numerical Investigation of the Group Foliation Method

Ana Bennet, Psychology, ’15 (Mentor: Navin Viswanathan, Psychology)
The interaction between phonetic and speaker information in speech

Christina Covington, Psychology, ’14 (Mentor: Maryalice Citera, Psychology)
Evidence Based Medicine: Validating the Multi Systemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome (MSIDS) Questionnaire


2013 SURE presentation schedule

Wednesday Sept. 11, 2013
Honors Center

4 p.m. Introductions

4:10 p.m. Michael Facelle, Computer Engineering, '15 (Mentor: Rajeev Narayanan, Elect. & Comp. Engineering
Statistical Verification of AMS Designs

4:30 p.m. Hannah Powers, Chemistry, '14 (Mentor: Franz Folmer-Anderson, Chemistry)
Efforts Toward Synthesis of Isomeric Macrocycles

4:50 p.m. Adam Rimawi, Biology, '15 (Mentor: Pamela St. John, Chemistry)
Characterization of DNA-Surfactant Aggregates

5:10 p.m. Michael Carey, Biochemistry, '14 (Mentor: Michael Machczynski, Chemistry)
Increasing the Reduction Potential of SLAC: Optimizing the Catalytic Properties of Lacasses

5:30 p.m. Hannah Miller, Biology/Spanish, '14 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Characterizing the Effects of BPS on Planarian Regeneration

5:50 p.m. Erich Stern, Biology, '14 (Mentor: David Richardson, Biology
Invasion of a Minnow (Golden Shiner) in Lake Minnewaska, NY: What are they eating and how are they affecting the lake food web?

6:10 p.m. Steven DiMeglio, Environmental Geochemical Science, '14 (Mentor: David Richardson, Biology)
Spatial Study of Didymo, a River Diatom in the Catskills

6:30 p.m. Jonathan Valle, Geology, '14 (Mentor: Alexander Bartholomew, Geology)
Testing for Biofacies Recurrence in the Middle Devonian of Eastern New York State

6:50 p.m. James Baglia, Geology/Environmental Geoscience, '14 (Mentor: Shafiul Chowdhury, Geology)
Evaluation of Slope Failure in the Stony Clove Basin

Thursday Sept. 12, 2013
Honors Center

4:30 p.m. Introductions

4:40 p.m. Samantha Schiffman, Psychology, '13 (Mentor: Tabitha Holmes, Psychology)
All You Need is (more than) Love: Work, Relationships, and Well-Being

5 p.m. Blair Dawson, Psychology/Disaster Studies, '14 (Mentor: Corwin Senko, Psychology)
Are all Performance Goals Created Equal?

5:20 p.m. Jordan White, Secondary Education/English, '14 (Mentor: Andrew Higgins, English)
Narrative Strategies and Fictional Minds in Young Adult Literature

5:40 p.m. Rachel Silverbloom, Philosophy, '14 (Mentor: Dan Werner, Philosophy)
Sisyphus Smiles: Finding Happiness in the Absurd

6 p.m. Alexis Tellefsen, Ceramics, '14 (Mentor: Bryan Czibesz, Ceramics)
Binary Adornment

6:20 p.m. Savannah Blum, BFA/Sculpture, '14 (Emily Puthoff, Art/Sculpture)
At Home in Detroit: An Artist's Study of Community Downsizing

6:40 p.m. Joshua Angehr, BFA Graphic Design/Art History, '14 (Mentor: Amy Papaelias, Art)
Placeable: An HTML5 Site-Specific Learning Platform

7 p.m. Adam Simone, Computer Science, '14 (Mentor: Aaron Knochel, Art)
Placeable: a Location-Based Educator's Tool


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