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Undergraduate Research



In an effort to encourage and support the connections between undergraduate student learning and faculty scholarship, the Office of Academic Affairs will provide support for faculty-mentored student scholarship through the Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Program. Support will be provided for activities that create new knowledge or works in ways commensurate with practices in the discipline. The expectation of this program is to further the education experience of our students through active participation in their field of study. This program is open to all faculty wishing to mentor students in projects that enable the student to achieve beyond that which is possible in the classroom.

Faculty mentors will direct and provide guidance to participating students as they work on a specific project (which may be a particular aspect of the faculty's research program) during the course of a semester. Each student will meet weekly with their faculty mentor to discuss progress and problems that may arise during the semester. This interaction will allow students the opportunity to gain experience in communicating their plans and questions associated with their project. Graduate students and undergraduates may also apply for research funds through the Student Association's Research Project line.

» Fall 2019 AYURE call for proposals, Round 1. Proposals due April 9, 2019.
** Please contact the RSCA Director (mccoyk@newpaltz.edu, x2629) with your proposal application questions.

Deadlines for AYURE proposals are typically in the 12th-13th week of the semester. A second call for fall proposals is typically sent out at the beginning of the fall semester with an early September deadline.

AYURE Proposal Evaluation Sheet (Word)

ayureexample. This proposal was considered excellent by all members of the RSCA Advisory Board.


The Fall 2018 AYURE Projects:

Katherine Dobosh, Biology and Psychology/Evolutionary Studies, `19
(Mentor: Lydia Bright, Biology)
Tracking Paramecium population changes from season to season in local ponds

Heh-Soo Choi, Computer Science, `19
(Mentor: Min Chen, Computer Science)
Image Classification with Artificial Neural Network

Jinsoo Choi, Computer Science, `19
(Mentor: Min Chen, Computer Science)
Genetic Algorithm based Edge Detection for Image Segmentation

Jordan Greenough, Chemistry (Biochemistry emphasis), `19
(Mentor: Preeti Dhar, Chemistry)
“Evaluation of Heracleum maximum (HM) extracts for Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) inhibition ”

Amber Funk, Biology/Psychology and Art Studio Minors, `18
Lindsey Griffin, Biology/Chemistry Minor, `19
(Mentor: Spencer M. Mass, Biology)
Hypertrophy or Proliferation in Planarian Regeneration


Download a list of AYURE projects since fall 2007 (Excel)

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. The Travel Award application and information can be found at the RSCA Conference Travel Funds page.