Binghamton University summer research program celebrates ten years


Underrepresented students from community colleges statewide will show off the results of a five-week summer research program in a poster session to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, in the Appalachian Collegiate Center on the Binghamton University campus.

The students, who are participants in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to Baccalaureate program, were paired with Binghamton University faculty mentors to conduct a variety of experiments and research projects. The poster session is the culmination of the program, allowing participants the opportunity to display their research accomplishments using text and graphics. Research projects on display will explore DNA binding proteins involved in cancer, the strategies and tools for solving real-world problems in chemical/biological sensors and testing pollution levels in local urban creek watersheds.

This is the 10th year Binghamton University has participated in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, which was established to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing and earning baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical sciences. Students accepted into this year’s program are from Broome, Monroe, Onondaga, Rockland and Westchester community colleges.

The program guarantees Binghamton University admission to underrepresented students who have maintained a 2.7grade point average in science courses and overall at selected community colleges. Such students include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Bridges students receive a combination of mentoring, tutoring and financial support throughout the program, as well as the opportunity for hands-on research, which includes the Binghamton Summer Research Program. Throughout the program, co-coordinators at each of the community colleges work closely with Binghamton staff and faculty to build ties that will lead to student success there and later at a baccalaureate institution.

For more information on Binghamton’s program, visit

Last Updated: 9/17/13