Undergraduate Research

Academic Year Grants

Each semester, the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) office offers the Academic Year Undergraduate Research Experience (AYURE) grant to support faculty-mentored student scholarship.

These competitive grants are open to all full-time faculty. Currently, the grants provide up to $750 for supplies, participant payments, etc. to carry out the project.

Faculty applicants will direct and guide participating undergraduate students on a specific project during the semester. The project can be a particular aspect of the faculty’s scholarship, or it can be more student-driven. Regardless, the project should create new knowledge or works in ways commensurate with practices in the discipline. The project should also extend students’ learning and intellectual development beyond what is possible in the classroom. Mentors should meet at least weekly with their student to discuss progress and problems that arise during the semester.


Fall 2021 AYURE Applications will be available here during summer, and the deadline will be early in the Fall semester. 



Congratulations to all 2021 Spring AYURE award recipients!

Sophia Acquisto (Early Childhood and Childhood Education/History concentration) 
Faculty Mentor: Chrissy O’Grady (Sojourner Truth Library) 
Project Title:  Researching the Hudson Valley’s Historically Significant Places for the Creation of an Educational History App 
Ashleigh Arrington (Chemistry & Mathematics) 
Faculty Mentor: Miles Wilklow-Marnell (Chemistry)  
Project Title:  Iridium Catalyzed Upgrading of Ethanol 
Matthew Buddensick (Finance & Business Analytics), Jake Varghese (Business Analytics), & Tevin Green (Business Management) 
Faculty Mentor (Department): Ai Ren (School of Business)  
Project Title:  An empirical analysis on avoidable Medicare payments and Medicare payment variations 
Caitlyn Castro (Music) & Danielle Gardner (Music) 
Faculty Mentors: Christiana Fortune-Reader & Phyllis Chen (Music) 
Project Title:  Resonant Echoes: an exploration of sound and light focuses on the integration of sound within the community by using field recordings, mechanical music boxes, visuals and acoustic instruments 
Kieran Cavanagh (Mathematics) 
Faculty Mentor: Hyunchul Park (Mathematics)  
Project Title:  Measure and integral; An introduction to real analysis
Mario Cora (Mechanical Engineering) 
Faculty Mentor: Rachmadian Wulandana (Mechanical Engineering) 
Project Title:  Understanding the effects of upstream flow obstacle on the drag and lift characteristics and overall performance of polygonal vortex-induced bladeless turbines 
Max Hartman (Physics) 
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Herne (Physics & Astronomy) 
Project Title:  Bacterial Attachment Force Measurement 
Elizabeth Heh (Music) 
Faculty Mentor: Alex Peh (Music) 
Project Title: Guzheng: A Traditional Music and Theater Performance 
Natalie Margaret Houle (Theatre Arts/Design and Technology concentration) 
Faculty Mentor: Sun Hee Kil (Theatre Arts)  
Project Title:  Learning Current Sound Design Drafting Standards - Integrating USITT/TSDCA Sound Documentation Standards in Vectorworks & OmniGraffle 
Jeffrey Kitchen (Chemistry) 
Faculty Mentor: Megan Ferguson (Chemistry) 
Project Title:  Quantification of PAHs in Soils Near Historic Kingston Lime Kilns 
Joshua Lococo (Theatre Arts/Performance concentration) 
Faculty Mentor: Martine Kei Green-Rogers (Theatre Arts) 
Project Title:  Playwriting/Dramaturgical workshop and research process to develop new play based on the Faustian legend. 
Angelina Montez (Communication) 
Faculty Mentor:  Kathleen P. Hunt (Communication)  
Project Title:  Understanding the Communicative Conditions of Meatpacking Labor Exploitation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Cameron Nzeutem (Astronomy & Physics) 
Faculty Mentor: Catherine Herne (Physics & Astronomy) 
Project Title:  Torque Mapping through Polarimetry 
Karin Vislocka (Cellular & Molecular Biology) 
Faculty Mentor: Lydia Bright (Biology) 
Project Title:  Tracking changes in the expression of infection-related genes in Paramecium caudatum