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Undergraduate Research Center

Main Office Phone: 607-777-4325
Fax: 607-777-4345
Director: Janice McDonald
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Graduate Assistant: 
Mikhail-Ann Urquhart
Secretary: Mona Zwick


Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

2013 Summer Scholars 

Ilana Ben-Ezra
History and political science
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Casteen, mentor

Joshua Chorman
English and cinema
Associate Professor Ariana Gerstein, mentor

Chunhui Dai
Electrical engineering
Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, mentor

Sarah Davis
Integrative neuroscience
Professor Ralph Garruto, mentor

Matthew Epstein
Assistant Professor Gretchen Mahler, mentor

Raymond Futia
Cell and molecular biology
Assistant Professor Heather Fiumera, mentor

Joy Hallmark
Integrative neuroscience
Associate Professor Christopher Bishop, mentor

Jin Woo Lee
Mechanical engineering
Assistant Professor Peter Huang, mentor

Mallory Mecca
Sociology and economics
Associate Professor Kelvin Santiago-Valles, mentor

Mike Miller
Associate Professor Elisa Camiscioli, mentor

Patrick Schechter
Cinema and psychology
Assistant Professor Tomonari Nishikawa, mentor

Joel Thomas
Cell and molecular biology and philosophy
Associate Professor Anne B. Clark, mentor

2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 

Anthony Frachioni
Associate Professor Bruce White, mentor

William Marsiglia
Professor Christof Grewer, mentor

Council on Undergraduate Research
Posters on the Hill Presenters 

Jacqueline Odgis

Kathleen Francis Clancy

Abigail H MacFadden

Professor Koji Lum, mentor




Fine Arts

Resources  from External Sources: Fine Arts and Humanities


A Note About Summer Opportunities

Most museums offer summer internship experiences, almost all are on a volunteer basis but some paid ones are available. Check the web pages of museums that interest you to determine if they accept summer interns and follow the process to apply. Start early – even during the fall semester, as these opportunities are popular and fill up quickly. The same advice is applicable to students interested in newspaper internships or summer theater among others.

The following list includes some examples of fine arts and humanities summer programs.


Fulbright Summer Institutes for U.S. Undergraduates
These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to go to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Participants in get the opportunity to experience an academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. All travel and room and board expenses are covered.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)
MURAP is a paid summer internship designed to foster the entrance of talented humanities, social sciences, and fine arts students from diverse backgrounds into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities. Each summer, the program brings to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus a cohort of 20 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Stipend, on-campus housing, and other benefits are provided.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Summer Internships
SPAC looks for hard working, highly motivated individuals interested in business, journalism, and arts industries. They seek strong interpersonal skills, creative ideas, and can-do attitudes. It is crucial that interns are able to write clearly and concisely, multi-task, pay attention to detail and follow-through. These are unpaid internships.

Arts Administration/Performing Arts

Jacob's Pillow Summer Internship Program
By interning with Jacob's Pillow during the summer, students join a team of seasoned arts professionals and assist with projects pertaining to the Festival, The School, the Archives, and Community Programs. All internships offer invaluable training and mentorship towards your professional career in arts administration or production. Includes small stipend, housing and meals.

Lincoln Center Internships
Opportunities for students interested in careers in performing arts administration and related fields. 

Wolf Trap Summer Internships
The program is designed to provide meaningful hands-on training and experience in the areas of arts administration, education, and technical theatre. Internships offer the practical opportunity to become an integral member of the staff and to work side-by-side with professionals producing, promoting, and administering the full spectrum of the performing arts. Stipend provided.


New York Times Summer Internships
Summer internships to undergraduate and graduate college students who have decided on careers in journalism. Some internships are limited to seniors or graduate students; others also accept juniors. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. These are paid internships.


ARTS Intern
An opportunity for college undergraduates to learn about museum professions in New York City, through internships in museums and cultural institutions. The program seeks candidates with demonstrated financial need and encourages applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Guggenheim Museum Summer Internships
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers a variety of internships for students of junior-year college level or above, recent graduates, graduate students, postgraduates, and mature professionals pursuing further experience in the arts within a host of different departments.

Holocaust Memorial Museum Internship Opportunities
Learn about the Holocaust and about Museum operations. Included are hands-on projects and opportunities to work with Holocaust scholars and Museum professionals to learn about their roles, responsibilities, and backgrounds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Arts Internships
Offers both paid and unpaid internships.

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Last Updated: 11/6/14