Undergraduate Award to Support Research and Creative Work

Sponsored by the Binghamton Foundation and the Binghamton University Colleges

The Undergraduate Award to Support Research and Creative Work is designed to support the expenses for students' independent research or creative work. To qualify, your project must be supervised by a Binghamton University faculty member, and you must currently be enrolled in independent study credit or honors thesis credit at Binghamton University.  Funding is competitive and award amounts vary. The maximum award is $300.

Eligibility

Undergraduates from all Binghamton University schools and colleges are eligible.

  • Must be enrolled in independent study or honors credit in the semester in which you apply (exceptions may be granted only if a student has exceeded the maximum number of thesis or independent study credits allowed by his or her college).  
  • Preference will be given to students who do not have access to support through faculty research grants, who have not already received an Undergraduate Research Award, to those completing senior theses, and to upper-level students.
Benefits

Amounts vary; limited resources are available. The maximum award is $300, however, additional funding may be provided for students demonstrating extraordinary circumstances.

Funds may be used for postage, purchase of necessary materials, limited travel for research purposes, or other modest costs incurred in the course of the project.

Funds may not be used:

  • for general purpose equipment (items which are not specific to the research or creative work).  Examples include office equipment and furnishings, telephone networks, information technology equipment and systems, and copying and printing equipment. 
  • to support the cost of producing a senior thesis (photocopy and binding); other printing or photocopying costs require strong justification
  • for costs associated with attending a professional conference or meeting
Application Process
  • Students submit an online application form that includes a description of the project and a project budget. An explanation of the relationship of the budget to the project should be included. (If it is not possible to explain the need for specific items on the form, a student may email an additional spreadsheet to the Undergraduate Research Center, urc@binghamton.edu).
  • Faculty support of your application is critical, therefore an online faculty endorsement is required in order for an application to be considered complete.  Your faculty mentor will receive an e-mail after you submit your application prompting him or her to complete the endorsement.  
APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications are accepted in the fall and spring terms. The deadline for applications for the fall and subsequent spring semester is in mid October; the deadline for funding for the spring is in early March.

Spring 2017 Deadline: Monday, March 20
Award Dispersal
The Selection Committee reviews applications and allocates funds. Projects that involve vertebrate animals or individual people as subjects must receive approval from the IUCUC or HSRRC before funds will be dispersed.  

 

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 Fall 2016 Recipients 

Daniel Adrion

Major: Chemistry

Project Title: Nanoparticle Synthesis

Mentor: Chuan-Jian Zhong 

Jasper Ainsworth

Major: Chemistry

Project Title:  A Computational Study of Anion Sensing

Mentor:  Alistair Lees 

Jordan Arabian

Major: Biochemistry

Project Title:  Using JCH to detect for oxidative stress in Human lung cancer cells

Mentor: Susan Bane 

Arielle Biro

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Reconstructing lateral gene transfer in Cytisus scoparius symbionts

Mentor:  Matthew Parker

Sharon Bossert

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Validating the glial glutamate uptake transporter GLT-1 for L-DOPA-induced dyskinesia

Mentor:  Chris Bishop 

Jessica DeJesus

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Does nuclear genome contribute to the stability of mtDNA?

Mentor:  Heather Fiumera 

Susan Erickson

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Elucidating OprF Conformation through Flourescent Tagging

Mentor:  Jeffrey Schertzer 

Daniella Forman

Major: Chemistry

Project Title:  Florescent Anion Sensing

Mentor:  Alistair Lees 

Aisha Furey

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Vector Infectivity and Human Risk of Lyme Disease in Broome and Chenango Counties

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Alec Gaspary

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Mitochondrial Epistatis

Mentor:  Heather Fiumera 

Emily Gay

Major:  Chemistry

Project Title:  Supramolecular Synthesis and Application Research

Mentor:  Alistair Lees 

Cameron Ghazvini

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Nanostructured Sensing Interfaces and Printed Paper Sensors

Mentor:  Chuan-Jian Zhong 

Ivanna Grynyk

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Studies in the Genetic Basis of Seed Dormancy

Mentor:  James Sobel 

Harry Haran

Major:  Math & Chemistry

Project Title:  siRNA Synthesis

Mentor:  Eriks Rozners 

Hui Jin Jo

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  Human Risk Assessment for Lyme Disease

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Seun Ku Kim

Major:  Chemistry

Project Title:  Studying Temperature and Mechanic Effects on Ternary Nanoallow Synthesis

Mentor:  Chuan-Jian Zhong 

Ju Hee Kim

Major:  Chemistry

Project Title:  Nanoparticle-Nanofibrous Membranes as scaffolds for Flexible Sweat Sensors

Mentor:  Chuan-Jian Zhong 

Michael Lam

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Mimulus Mating Systems

Mentor:  James Sobel 

Alana MacDonald

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Screening of single cell clones of mouse melanoma cells edited using CRISPR

Mentor:  Kaiming Ye 

Kristina Mandala

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Soylent Project

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Daniel Mayer

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Julolidine Coumarin Hydrazide (JCH) Application as a Fluorophore

Mentor:  Susan Bane 

Joel Mora

Major:  Anthropology, Spanish & Arabic

Project Title:  The Effect of the Soylent Diet on the Human Intestinal Microbiome

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Tien Nguyen

Major:  Chemistry

Project Title:  Synthesis of anion sensors with electron donating groups

Mentor:  Alistair Lees 

Chinwe Nzeama

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Assessing reservoir host and vector tick densities in built and wilderness environments for the Lyme disease spirochete

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Seungyun Oh

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Soylent Diet

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Eileen O’Hara

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  The Effects of Diet and Exercise on Fruit Fly Heart Function and Metabolism

Mentor:  Laura Musselman 

Sophia Osorio

Major:  Environmental Studies

Project Title:  The effects of urbanization on the colonization and decomposition of autumn shed leaves by shredders in streams in Greater Binghamton, NY

Mentor:  Weixing Zhu 

Eric Pecina

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  The Risk of Lyme Disease in Tompkins and Tioga Counties in the Southern Tier of NY

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Tatiana Requijo

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Drosophila Anti-Microbial Peptides (AMPs) Control Metabolism

Mentor:  Laura Musselman 

Aditi Roy

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Impact of Soylent on the Human Microbiome

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Benjamin Rubin

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Diet Replacement & Gut Microbiome Diversity

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Gabrielle Sagesse

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Role of Homeobrain gene in the Drosophila melanogaster brain during overnutrition

Mentor:  Laura Musselman 

Alvin Saju

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Sequestration of B. burgdorferi in P. leucopus

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Ryan Scheer

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  Bio-Organic Synthesis

Mentor:  Susan Bane 

Rani Schoenhaus

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Tick Density and Infectivity in Delaware and Otsego Counties of NY

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Timothy Schreiber

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  Florescent Analysis of Modified Tubulin

Mentor:  Susan Bane 

Sargunvir Sondhi

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Mitochondria DNA Instability in Yeast linked to Additive/Epistatic Effects

Mentor:  Heather Fiumera 

Kimberly Soulton

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  The Effect of Mild Winter Conditions on Blacklegged Tick Densities, the Primary Vector for

Lyme Disease.

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Almasa Talovic

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Adaptive variation across a latitudinal cline in the genus Mimulus

Mentor:  James Sobel 

Matthew Tarrash

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  Tubulin Modification

Mentor:  Susan Bane 

Anne Taylor

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Quantification of Dopamine D3 Receptors in L-Dopa Induced Dyskinesia

Mentor:  Chris Bishop 

Rasheed Thompson

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Soylent Diet and Its Impact on Microbiome

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Cruz Torres

Major:  Environmental Studies

Project Title:  Studying Variation in Vernalization in Mimulus ringens

Mentor:  James Sobel 

Julia Townsend

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  The Effect of Climate Change on Rodent Densities and Lyme disease

Mentor:  Ralph Garruto 

Andre Vega

Major:  Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Soylent Research

Mentor:  Koji Lum 

Carle Wirshba

Major:  Music & Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Senior Composition Honors Recital/Study

Mentor:  Daniel Davies 

Bobbie-Angela Wong

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  Genetic Basis to mtDNA Instability

Mentor:  Heather Fiumera

Andrew Ziesel

Major:  Biochemistry

Project Title:  Temperatures Effect on mtDNA Instability

Major:  Heather Fiumera 

Amanda Zucker

Major:  Biology

Project Title:  The Genetic and Molecular Basis of Adaptive Traits

Major:  James Sobel

 

Last Updated: 1/30/17