Undergraduate Research

Summer Grants

The Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) office offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grant. This competitive grant supports faculty-mentored undergraduate student scholarship during an 8-week summer period.

These competitive grants are open to all full-time faculty. 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. Successful grant applications must clearly connect funding requests to those student outcomes.

 

SURE Program Funding

  • Funding of up to $1,000 for supplies, participant payments, etc. to carry out the project.
  • A stipend of approximately $3,500 (hourly rate) to the student.
  • A stipend of $1,200 to the faculty mentor.
  • SURE 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.

  

Supplemental Funding for First-Year Students

SURE grants are typically awarded only to advanced students, due to the level of experience required to conduct a SURE project. Yet we also wish to also provide opportunities to less advanced students. Participating in a project may position them to develop a fruitful long-term collaboration with the faculty mentor or prepare them for later grant opportunities.

Therefore, we offer a supplemental SURE award to a rising sophomore who works on the project with the faculty mentor and upperclass SURE student. This supplemental SURE award provides up to $3,400 stipend (hourly rate) for 300 hours of work, and an additional $300 stipend to the mentor. The award is not a stand-alone award; it must be associated with a funded SURE project. See the application below for details and expectations.

 

SURE 2021 Application Materials

 

Samples of Prior Proposals (pdfs)

*These samples use discontinued proposal forms. None should be viewed as a flawless model to imitate. Rather, they should be viewed as good models for clarity in particular.  


SURE 2021 Award Winners

 

Sophia Acquisto, Childhood Education (History concentration), ‘22

Mentor: Chrissy O’Grady, Library

Researching the Hudson Valley's Historically Significant Places for the Creation of an Educational History App

 

Erin Dougherty, Sculpture, ‘22

Mentor: Emily Puthoff, Art

Sculpting Resilience: Conserving Pollinators through Community Engagement

 

Brianna Flood, Biochemistry, ‘22

Mentors: Spencer Mass, Biology, and Pamela St. John, Chemistry

Quantifying Estrogen Disruptor Retention with Regenerative Phenotypes in Planaria

 

Zoë Foery, Biology, ‘22

Mentor: David Richardson, Biology

Does the Type of Pond Affect How the Pond Functions? A Study of Local Small Aquatic Waterbodies.

 

Julia Furfaro, Cellular Biology, ‘22

Mentor: Lydia Bright, Biology

Functional Effects of Gene Expression Changes During Infection of Paramecium

 

Daniel Hughes, Biology, ‘22

Mentor: Kara Belinsky, Biology

Nest Boxes at the Millbrook Preserve and Bird Banding at Mohonk: What birds Can Teach Us About Developing Sustainable Communities

 

Christopher Lunetta, Theatre Arts, ‘21

Gina Lardi, Theatre Arts, ‘22

Mentor: Katya Stanislavskaya, Theatre Arts

The Poorhouse Project: Workshopping a New Musical Theatre Piece

 

Lauren Mulvey, Digital Media Production & Journalism, ‘22

Steph Fogler, Adolescence Education, ‘22

Mentors: Nicola Wilson-Clasby, English, and Rachel Rigolino, English

Designing Online Writing Tutor Training Modules for ENG SWW

 

Matthew Querrard, Mechanical Engineering, ‘22

Mentor: Kevin Shanley, Engineering Programs

Diffusiophoretic Water Filtration

 

David Mano, History, ‘22

Mentor: Mary Christensen, Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Translation and Analysis of the Correspondence of the Count of Artois, Future King Charles X of France, 1792-1804

 

Jahed Miah, Biology & Biochemistry, ‘21

Mentor: Dominic McBrayer

Establishing a Reporter Assay for Inter-Species Quorum Sensing with Bacillus subtilis

 

Hugo Ramirez Grijalba, Mechanical Engineering

Mentor: Ping-Chuan Wang, Engineering Programs

Assessing Electrical Reliability of 3D-printed Copper Structures

 

Elizabeth Rigby, Geology, ‘22

Mentor: Kaustubh Patwardhan, Geology

Study of the 3D Geomorphology of Pillow Lavas Using Digital Image Analysis

 

Jenna Santaniello, Business Analytics & Finance, ‘21

Marco Lopez II, Business Analytics, ‘21

Mentor: Ai Ren, Business

The Impact of CARES Act on U.S. Healthcare System During the Covid-19 Pandemic

 

Kianu Schwerdtfeger, Linguistics, ‘22

Mentor: Oksana Laleko, Linguistics

Understanding the Effects of Top-Down Language Contact: Four Case Studies in Language Change


 

SURE 2020 Showcase

  To learn about the 2020 SURE projects, please visit its Symposium site.