Poster session to highlight summer research program


     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 from 11-noon Friday, June 30, in the Old Union Hall of the University Union 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 visual perception development in young children, neutralizing the affects of acid rain and testing pollution levels in local urban creek watersheds.

     This is the 8th 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 and Westchester community colleges.

     The program guarantees Binghamton University admission to underrepresented students who have maintained a 2.7 grade 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