The External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center is located on the second floor of the University Union (UU 260) above the Fleishman Center.
Basic walk-in advising:
("Basic" refers to topics including how to get started with undergraduate research and learning how to utilize resources such as our databases: Campus Research Opportunity Postings (CROP) and Scholarships and Other Award Resources)
Mondays 2-3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:00-2 p.m.
Thursdays 2-4 p.m.
Fridays 11-1 p.m.
Advanced scheduled appointments:
("Advanced" refers to topics including thinking about and writing internal and external scholarship applications)
- 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. with Associate Director Beth Polzin and
- 1:00 p.m., 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. with Director Steve Ortiz
Advising for the Source Project
Meet with Source Project Coordinator Caroline Antalek during walk-in hours:
- Mondays 1 - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursday 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Advising for Goldwater, NSF REU, and SUNY Upstate Scholarships:
Contact Dr. Susan Flynn (email@example.com) to schedule a meeting to discuss applying to any of the following:
- Goldwater Scholarship
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- SUNY Upstate Medical REU (SURF)
- SUNY Upstate Medical Ph.D. and Prep-Up (post-bacc)
Advising for the Fulbright Program:
Contact Dr. Elisa Camiscioli (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a meeting.
Physical Address (for GPS):
State University of New York
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Meet the Team
Dr. Stephen R. Ortiz (He/Him), Director
Stephen Ortiz joined Binghamton University in 2010 as a member of the History faculty. He has published two books on the role of veterans in American politics. From 2016-2021, he served as Collegiate Professor of College in the Woods. In 2021, Ortiz took on the position of Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Enrichment. He became Director of the External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center in 2023, as part of his AVP responsibilities.
Dr. Beth Polzin (She/Her), Associate Director
Dr. Beth Polzin has a long track record of providing students with broad-based skills and individualized guidance to identify approaches to design and articulate their research. A first-generation college graduate originally from Western New York, she has taught and tutored writing and research at research universities and community colleges. Dr. Polzin earned a BA in politics and history, a certificate in African Studies, an MFA in creative writing, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. She lived in Accra, Ghana for two years, first as an undergraduate student, and later, as a fellow with a Fulbright grant. At Binghamton University, she has taught inquiry-based courses to undergraduates in the Department of Comparative Literature, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), and the Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS), and to doctoral students of the Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP). In previous professional staff roles on campus, Dr. Polzin served as a Grant and Contract Administrator with the Office of Sponsored Programs and as Program Coordinator for TRIP.
Caroline Antalek (She/Her), Source Project Program Coordinator
Caroline Antalek is a Binghamton University alumna with a bachelor's degree in Spanish language and literature, and a minor in education. As the Source Project Program Coordinator, Caroline assists in the program’s facilitation and helps plan the poster sessions for Research Days. As a former exchange student with Rotary International, having spent a year in Puebla, Mexico, Caroline has a passion for diverse cultures, language learning, and education. Prior to starting at ESURC, she worked for Binghamton's undergraduate admissions. She also has experience working for Broome County as a career counselor. When Caroline is not working with undergraduate research, you can find her at a concert, in the gym, or hanging out with her daughter and husband.
Linda DeNucci (She/Her), Office Assistant
Linda DeNucci has recently joined the team at the ESURC as an Office Assistant. A graduate of SUNY Broome with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Medical Records Technology and Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences degree, Linda enjoyed her time as a student on Binghamton’s campus as an adult learner attending night school. Linda’s wide-ranging professional background includes positions with Universal Instruments and BAE, in human services serving as a Broome County Case Manager, and in medical records and credentialing positions with various hospitals and medical offices, including Lourdes Hospital and at offices in Georgia and Nevada. Linda’s hobbies include landscaping, swimming, kayaking, working around the house, listening to music and attending live events. She is a creative person who volunteers and has a strong sense of community. Linda enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren and watching them grow up.
Dr. Susan Flynn (She/Her), Faculty Research and Scholarship Advisor
Dr. Flynn is a research assistant professor in biomedical chemistry for the First-year Research Immersion Program. Her research interests include medicinal chemistry, neurobiochemistry, and disease cellular processing.
Dr. Elisa Camiscioli (she/elle), Senior Fulbright Advisor
Dr. Camiscioli helps students navigate applying to the Fulbright Program, a renowned and competitive cultural exchange program. Dr. Camiscioli is passionate about international collaboration and serves on research, teaching and granting committees in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and offers classes on race and racism in Europe, human trafficking in history, intimate labor and global migrations.
Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
Abby Gifeisman (She/They)
Abby is a junior majoring in philosophy, politics, and law. She facilitates outreach events for the Undergraduate Research Center, including panels which showcase the research of BU students and staff. Abby founded the Interdisciplinary Research Club in September 2021 and has served as president since. Abby participated in the People, Politics, and Environment stream of the Source Project in 2020-21, researching the relationship between small businesses and gentrification.
Sydney Werner (She/They)
Sydney is a junior graduating in the fall of 2023 from Schenectady, NY. Her major is comparative literature with a minor in German. Her role at the Undergraduate Research Center includes all email correspondence, and creating the weekly research newsletter. Sydney has been involved in research since her freshman year at Binghamton and finalized her research during her time in the Summer Scholars and Artists Program. Her research involves Virginia Woolf’s novel To The Lighthouse. Her work has been published in the university’s undergraduate journal, Alpenglow. Hobbies of Sydney’s include film photography, reading, and creating playlists on Spotify.
ESURC Affiliated Offices and Programs
Gervlyne Auguste (She/Her), McNair Scholars Program Coordinator
Gervlyne Auguste currently serves as the program coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Scholars Program). She brings over 15 years of experience in educational and administrative management. Her academic experiences serve as an important framework that better allows her to understand and identify with a diverse range of students. Gervlyne's familiarities of being a first-generation college student with English as a second language present the main ideals that are the backbone of her educational philosophy. As a project coordinator, her primary mission is to help students navigate successfully through their academic careers while exploring their educational and career options. Her immediate responsibility is to prepare students to be self-sufficient and life-long learners. Her obligation is to contribute and remain attentive to issues pertaining to student services and retention. This is especially important when addressing the needs of underrepresented and underserved students.
In her spare time, she serves on several nongovernmental organizations as an advocate for better access to education, youth development and women owned businesses reaching life-long independence.
Gervlyne holds a Masters in Science degree with an Administration and Planning concentration from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emmanuel College, Boston.
Dickinson Research Team (DiRT)
Dr. Robert A. Holahan (He/Him), Dickinson Research Team Director
Robert Holahan is an associate professor of environmental studies and political science and director of the Dickinson Research Team (DiRT). DiRT is a residential community-based research program that is the first of its kind in the United States. DiRT is open to students who are interested in research, regardless of major and prior research experience.