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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




Summer Opportunities

New and expanded opportunities exist for undergraduate students to pursue research and scholarly or creative work in their disciplines during the summer. Some are fully or partially funded (meaning they pay a stipend and/or provide room and board), others are on a volunteer basis. These experiences can help you actively explore a field; they can also help you decide if you want to pursue a career as a research biochemist, an archaeologist or in the theater. In addition to helping you confirm your career goals, you can gain experience that may enhance acceptance to a graduate program or help you get a job after graduation.

Start identifying summer opportunities early. Not early April or May, but over the winter break. Many experiences accept a limited number of participants and fill up early. Make sure you know the application deadlines for the programs that interest you and apply on time — or early — if you can.

Summer Opportunity Examples and Resources

Binghamton University's 2014 Summer Scholars and Artists Program

The Summer Scholars and Artists Program is a terrific summer research opportunity for Binghamton undergraduates. Administered by the Undergraduate Research Center, the program offers awards to support students conducting special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. These prestigious fellowships provide a stipend that allows students to work on full-time scholarly and creative activities with faculty mentors for eight weeks. Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcome. Each fellowship consists of a $3,000 student award and a $1,000 faculty award.

Deadline: Feb. 7, 2014

Archaeological Institute of America Field School Scholarships

The Archaeological Institute of America provides scholarships to help students planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1,000 per recipient to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application, seniors and those who have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada.

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

This program runs from Monday, June 9, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014 and is intended for students who are finishing their junior year and are good prospective candidates for careers in biomedical research. This program is designed and funded to attract students into PhD or MD/PhD training, not into MD programs. Each fellow receives a $3,000 stipend plus free on-campus housing.

Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate have an agreement that they will hold one slot per year in this SURF Program for a Binghamton undergraduate who plans a biomedical research career. This includes students who will eventually seek a PhD or MD/PhD in fields such as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; or Physiology. Applicants must have at least a 3.70 GPA. If you would like to be considered for our nomination, please contact Janice McDonald,, as soon as possible, but at the latest by February 1st.

Confirmation of interest in nomination: Contact Janice McDonald ( by Feb. 1, 2014
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2014

The Undergraduate Research Center − "Explore Opportunities" 

The Undergraduate Research Center maintains a list of other potential opportunities and advice on pursuing research at particular research centers, museums, arts organizations or archives on its website. We strongly recommend that you seek advice on pursuing opportunities unique to your major or program from your department faculty. Also, an Internet search can produce valuable results.

The Career Development Center

Students are encouraged to use e-Recruiting to identify additional summer opportunities.

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Last Updated: 3/21/14