High-Impact Learning Experiences

Donor generosity makes it possible for students, regardless of economic status, to have opportunities to learn “hands-on” and translate their education into real-world skills.


Portrait of student Kasey Hill '18
Kasey Hill ’18, MBA '19

Kasey Hill ’18, MBA ’19, student speaker at the 2018 Scholarship Donors Luncheon, shared how the Avangrid Master’s Studies in the United States scholarship supported her premier graduate education. Students from eight universities competed for 10 scholarships, which cover tuition and fees. Hill and three other Binghamton graduate students received the support, making it the first time four scholarships went to students from one institution.

Thank you, Avangrid Inc.!

Thirteen first-year students in the second cohort of the JFEW/Binghamton Leadership and Career Development Program are gaining a strong support network, college- and career-readiness tools and much-needed resources to complete internships as juniors and service-learning projects as seniors.

Thank you, Jewish Foundation for Education of Women!

Shannon Borucke ’20, recipient of The Boog Internship, established by anonymous donors

Your donation offered more than a great work environment. It provided an experience of a lifetime.
Shannon Borucke ’20
Portrait of student Shannon Borucke ’20
Shannon Borucke ’20
  • Majoring in biological sciences. Plans to join the Peace Corps and dedicate her life to promoting ecological awareness.
  • Summer intern for Paepae o He'eia, an environmental nonprofit.
  • Worked on research and invasive species removal to restore He'eia Fishpond, Hawaii.
  • Learned science behind sustainable fish farming and how aquaculture harvesting is cultivated.

Digital consumption and production: Students and faculty have dedicated space on campus to enhance their communication and digital production skills. Two new, one-button studios in the College-in-the-Woods library feature professional-grade lighting and cutting-edge, video and audio equipment that can be used easily to make high-quality video projects.

Thank you, Stuart F. Koenig ’73 and Bonnie Fox!

Portrait of student Kasey Hill '18

Students in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program work with faculty mentors on a variety of hands-on research projects, including this one in Professor Peter Gerhardstein's psychology lab at Binghamton. Digital consumption and production: Students and faculty have dedicated space on campus to enhance their communication and digital production skills. Two new, one-button studios in the College-in-the-Woods library feature professional-grade lighting and cutting-edge, video and audio equipment that can be used easily to make high-quality video projects.


The Harpur College students who receive the Scholarship for Community Involvement help others as they have been helped by giving back to the scholarship fund after graduation or helping others through employment that enriches society. The scholarship covers tuition and fees equal to the amount paid by students who are New York state residents.

Thank you, Shari Lawerence Pfleeger '70, LHD '00, and Charles Pfleeger!

Grascen Shidemantle, first recipient of the Grace Chin-Fa and Tsuming Wu Fellowship for the Sciences

I am certain that if I had teaching obligations on top of my course and research load I would not be as productive in my research.
Grascen Shidemantle
Portrait of student Grascen Shidemantle
Grascen Shidemantle
  • First-year doctoral student in biological sciences.
  • Researching the sublethal impacts of human activities on wetland communities, particularly larval amphibians.
  • Investigated how altered artificial light at night impacts amphibian survival, growth and development.
  • Translating a children’s book about parasitic life cycles into Spanish. The book was written and illustrated by lab colleagues.
Thank you, Grace Chin-Fa and Tsuming Wu!