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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

SURE presentation schedule

Location: Teaching Learning Center - College Hall

Thursday Sept. 4, 2014
5-5:20 p.m. Introductions

5:20-5:40 p.m. - Adam Noach, Chemistry, '16 (Mentor: Frantz Folmer-Anderson, Chemistry)
Synthesis of new BINOL-containing macrocycles for enantiomeric discrimination

5:40-6 p.m. - Jeffrey Babicz, Chemistry ACS, '14 (Mentor: Michael Machczynski, Chemistry)
NMR Investigation of Laccase Catalysis

6-6:20 p.m. - Izabella Mlynarska, Biology, '15, and Josh Johnikutty, Biology, '17 (Mentor: Spencer Mass, Biology)
Does BPA alter the regenerating planarian nervous system

6:20-6:40 p.m. - 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

6:40-7 p.m. - 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

Tuesday Sept. 9, 2014
10:30-10:50 a.m. Introductions

10:50-11:10 a.m. - Briana Dabroski, BFA Sculpture, '15 (Mentor: Emily Puthoff, Art)
STEM to STEAM Curriculum / Tinkering and Making with Accessible Technology

11:10-11:30 a.m. - Ana Bennet, Psychology, '15 (Mentor: Navin Viswanathan, Psychology)
The interaction between phonetic and speaker information in speech

11:30-11:50 a.m. - Christina Covington, Psychology, '14 (Mentor: Maryalice Citera, Psychology)
Evidence Based Medicine: Validating the Multi Systemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome (MSIDS) Questionnaire

11:50-12:10 p.m. - Jake Carias, Sociology, '15 (Mentor: Benjamin Junge, Anthropology)
Generational Differences: Monogamy, Marriage, and Sexual Norms Within the Gay/Bisexual Community

Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014
10:00-10:20 a.m. Introductions

10:20-10:40 a.m. - Brandon Bera, EGS, '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

10:40-11 a.m. - Ali Immel, Mathematics, '15 (Mentor: Francis Valiquette, Mathematics)
Numerical Investigation of the Group Foliation Method

11:-11:20 a.m. - Alexandra Hobby, Mathematics (Physics), '15 (Mentor: David Hobby, Mathematics)
Continued fractions with common tails


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