Academic Initiatives

Binghamton University faculty, staff and students contribute to the local community through a variety of coursework-related programs (internships, fieldwork, practica, service-learning) and other ventures. The University offers a wide range of professional and continuing education opportunities for community members; hosts academic conferences on various topics; and provides faculty and staff expertise to the community through workshops, lectures and other academic outreach efforts. Here are some examples:

Course-related efforts

Our undergraduate bioengineering program requires all students to successfully complete a capstone design project that solves a real-world problem, with particular emphasis on service-related projects. At the end of the academic year, students present their projects to the community. 

Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration David Campbell established a Philanthropy Incubator in 2008 to cultivate habits of philanthropy among Binghamton University students. The program provides students with grant money to distribute to local nonprofit organizations as part of coursework, through which they learn about philanthropy and the essential role nonprofit organizations play in building vibrant communities. The grantmaking experience contributes to undergraduate students' preparation for engaged citizenship and to graduate students' preparation as public service professionals.

Associate Professor of Computer Science William Ziegler's undergraduate students are regular participants in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Design Competition for Universities and have won four first place awards, one second place award and one honorable mention since 2009. His students have presented their award-winning designs in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boulder, Minneapolis, Denver, Oshkosh, and Arlington. One of the designs is currently under construction at the Greater Binghamton Airport as the result of a $1.4 million grant from the FAA.

Several Binghamton University graduate programs place students in the community as a requirement of their education. For example the University's master's in public administration program requires 300 hours of service time from every student; the master's in social work program has a substantial clinical requirement; students in the Graduate School of Education are required to teach in area classrooms as part of their training, and graduate nursing students also have clinical placements as a significant component of their education.

Continuing education

Binghamton's Watson School recently established an Executive Master of Science in Health Systems in Manhattan program. The one-year program is taught at the SUNY Global Center in New York City and offers students the option of earning a master's degree in systems science with a health systems concentration or a master's degree in industrial and systems engineering with a health systems concentration. 

School of Management faculty regularly work with corporations in the region to provide customized academic programming for employees seeking a master’s degree in business administration.

The University's Center for Innovative and Continuing Education provides numerous professional development and continuing education courses along with non-credit programs to a broad range of audiences. 

Other ventures

In June 2014, Binghamton University's Virtual AP Evaluation Research Team sponsored and led a two-day forum for secondary education professionals from across New York to discuss the feasibility of offering virtual advanced placement courses to underserved students. The team is directed by Graduate School of Education Professor Beth Burch and Assistant Professor Nicole Fenty.

As part of a Community of Peace initiative implemented in the University's Apartment Communities residential community, five Binghamton students and Bioengineering Professor George Catalano (who is faculty master in the Apartment Communities) spent a week in spring 2014 at Pine Ridge, an Oglala Lakota Native American reservation in South Dakota. During their trip they performed a variety of service projects and learned about life on the reservation.

Through the University's Ask a Scientist program, Binghamton faculty respond to science and technology questions posed by students from local schools, sharing their knowledge with the community. In addition, faculty provide expertise to the local community through workshops, seminars and other technical presentations, as well as by responding to media requests for expert commentary.

Faculty and staff from Binghamton's Department of Chemistry coordinate the local and regional Science Olympiad and Chemistry Olympiad competitions for high school students.

Last Updated: 8/7/14