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. 


AYURE Program Funding:

  • Up to $750 for supplies, participant payments, etc. to carry out the project.
  • AYURE awardees are eligible to later apply for travel funds to present their work at a conference, pending campus/state permission to travel. Students are eligible for up to $1000 in travel support, and faculty mentors for up to $600.



These competitive grants are open to all full-time faculty and their undergraduate mentees. We welcome applications from all academic divisions on campus (FPA, LA&S, SOB, SOE, SSE, Library).

We adopt a broad, inclusive definition of "research" and accept numerous types of projects. 

Some are faculty-driven projects in which the student learns valuable skills while helping to advance the mentor’s scholarship. Others are student-driven projects in which the faculty mentor guides a student eager to chase a budding interest. 

Some are conventional scholarship, where the aim is to create new knowledge or creative works. Others are apprenticeships, where the aim is to train the student on the discipline’s core skills, such as how to use state-of-the-art equipment or how to play an unusual musical instrument. Still others are applied projects, where the aim is to assist a campus or community group by, for example, providing a consultative service.

Whatever its form, the main eligibility criteria are:

  • Through one-on-one training from the faculty expert, the project extends the student’s learning and professional development beyond what is possible in the classroom.
  • Projects are also intensive, taking the semester or longer to complete. Mentors should meet at least weekly with their student to discuss progress and problems that arise during the semester.
  • The student is involved at a high level in multiple phases of the project.

Most projects involve only one faculty mentor and one student. But we have occasionally supported larger projects with two faculty mentors and/or two students.

Fall 2021 AYURE Application:



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