Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University sign articulation agreement, MOU


BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath and SUNY Upstate Medical University President David Smith today signed an articulation agreement that links the two institutions academically in new ways, and a memorandum of understanding for shared course offerings in their neuroscience graduate programs.

“These agreements affirm Binghamton University’s commitment to this strategic partnership with a respected, first-class medical university,” said Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath. “One focus of our strategic plan is increased activity in the health and natural sciences, and this synergistic partnership in research and teaching is a win-win that will enrich the offerings available to our students.”

The articulation agreement provides a pathway for an exceptional Binghamton University student to be automatically admitted into SUNY Upstate Medical University’s highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, and reserves, at minimum, one slot per year for an exceptional student to enroll in SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Graduate Studies to pursue a PhD in the biomedical sciences.

The SURF program enrolls only 10 students a year from a pool of over 100, and last year the College of Graduate Studies enrolled an entering class of just 21.

The MOU will allow both institutions to expand and diversify their curriculums in the neurosciences through use of video conferencing technology.

"I am delighted to stand with my friend Peter Magrath today and formalize some of the relationships between two campuses that have been informally aligned for decades,” said Upstate President David R. Smith. “Our stated goal is to be the finest regionalized academic health center and strong ties to our SUNY partners form the bedrock for that aspiration. This is a continuation of a wonderful and strong partnership.”

In addition to the MOUs being signed, the two institutions are celebrating completion of the first collaborative projects between the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and the medical school. Experts in healthcare delivery are working closely to improve the functionality of operating rooms and the emergency department at Upstate hospitals.

"Congratulations to the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science and SUNY Upstate Medical on the completion of their first collaborative project,” said Senator Tom Libous.  “With today’s agreement, we’re all looking forward to many more successful projects between these two exceptional institutions.”

Additional research partnerships are being explored in both cancer research and the neurosciences at the two institutions, with the eventual goal of developing research synergies that capitalize on the expertise available at both locations.

"This new formal partnership between Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University is very exciting and holds much promise,” said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), chair of the Legislative Commission on Science & Technology. “Last year, I encouraged them to work closely together, knowing that their combined expertise would be extremely powerful.”

Last Updated: 9/17/13