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Numerous opportunities exist for undergraduate students to pursue research and scholarly or creative work in their disciplines. In addition to financial and logistical support from Binghamton University, a wide variety of grants, fellowships, awards and internships from external sources is available, including support provided by museums, libraries, archives, laboratories and research foundations. These experiences can be fully or partially funded or on a volunteer basis. Some can be pursued during the summer, while others may take place during the academic year or over the winter break.  Start your search by reviewing the internal and external resource listings at the links below:


We encourage you to start looking for opportunities early, to seek advice from your department or program faculty and to apply for all possible opportunities.  You should start looking for summer research opportunities early. Not in early April or May, but over the winter break. Many experiences accept a limited number of participants, such as the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Make sure you know the application deadlines for the programs that interest you and apply on time — or early — if you can.

Suggestions for Identifying Opportunities

Although the availability and level of support can vary depending on your area of interest, external support can make the difference in helping you gain experience in your field.If you are interested in pursuing research at a particular research center, museum or archive, check its webpage for research opportunities. If you don't know where to start, an Internet search can produce valuable results.

Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

2017 Summer Scholars and Artists

Jieen Bae

Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Lung-on-a Chip:  Analyzing Epigenetic Effects of PM2.5 on Human Lung Cells

Mentor:  Peter Huang, Mechanical Engineering  

Kara Bilello

English:  Creative Writing

Project Title:  Memoir on Living with Anorexia Nervosa

Mentor:  Leslie Heywood, English  

Gretchen Bogan

Anthropology & English

Project Title:  Waveland, MS:  A Novel

Mentor:  Barrett Bowlin, English  

Grace Clark

Individualized Major Program (IMP) and Philosophy

Project Title:  Capitalist Values and Approaches to Learning

Mentor:  Christopher Morgan-Knapp, Philosophy 

Dennis Dempsey


Laser Micromachining of Waveguides Using a Femtosecond Laser

Mentor:  Bonggu Shim, Physics 

William Frazer


Project Title:  Testing the Utility of Lipid-Based Sea Surface Temperature Proxies in Polar Regions throughout the Cenozoic

Mentor:  Molly Patterson, Environmental Studies & Geology 

Jessica Funnell

Biomedical Engineering

Project Title:  The Role of the Gut Microbiome After Nanoparticle Exposure to the Intestinal Epithelium

Mentor:  Gretchen Mahler, Biomedical Engineering 

Alec Gaspary

Biological Sciences

Project Title:  Mitochondrial Epistasis in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Mentor:  Heather Fiumera, Biological Sciences 

Jonathan Gelernter


Project Title:  The Adler Scrolls, A Novella

Mentor:  Shay Rabineau, Judaic Studies 

Margaret Girardi

English:  Creative Writing

Project Title:  A Collection of Creative Short Stories

Mentor:  Liz Rosenberg, English 

Heather Giza

Biochemistry and Studio Art

Project Title:  Study of pHLIP variants, D33N, D31N, D25N, D14N

Mentor:  Ming An, Chemistry 

Jared Jaeger


Project Title:  Salt and Invasions:  The Effect of Invasive Species and Salt on Further Invasions

Mentor:  Jessica Hua, Biological Sciences 

Sungjin Kim


Project Title:  Mechanistic Study of Suzuki Cross-coupling Reaction

Mentor:  Matthew Vetticatt, Chemistry 

YongHoon (Nathan) Kwon


Project Title:  Mathematical Formalization of the Divergent Autoencoder (DIVA) Artificial Neural Network

Mentor:  Kenneth Kurtz, Psychology 

Ching Long Leon Lam

History and Political Science

Project Title:  Ronald Reagan’s Cold War:  A Case Study of the American Invasion of Grenada

Mentor:  Wendy Wall, History 

Margaret Leisenheimer


Project Title:  Shakespeare & Company’s Summer Training Institute

Mentor:  Anne Brady, Theater 

Benjamin McLauchlin

Graphic Design and Environmental Studies

Project Title:  Interactive Environmental Art Exhibition

Mentor:  Frank Chang, Art & Design 

Timothy Morris

Environmental Studies and Geology

Project Title:  The Ecological Implications of Ants as a Seed-Dispersing Vector

Mentor:  Kirsten Prior, Biological Sciences 

Magdalena Palac

Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title: The Influence of the GABAA-R δ Subunit on the Premature Inhibition Caused By Adolescent General Anesthesia Exposure 

Mentor, David Werner, Integrative Neuroscience

Melissa Popeil


Project Title:  Engineering Metal Oxides:  The Future of Water Splitting

Mentor:  Louis Piper, Physics 

Abu Rahat

Integrative Neuroscience

Project Title:  Modeling ALS in C. elegans:  The Effects of trf-1 and traf-1 on Eliminating Protein Aggregates Under Oxidative Stress in the Brain

Mentor:  Howard Chang, Biological Sciences 

Zachary Ritter


Project Title:  “The Old Style” In a New Way:  Bringing Traditional Irish Singing Style to Contemporary Classical Composition

Mentor:  Daniel Davis, Music 

Rose Simon

BFA Design

Project Title:  Fine Art and Science of Glass

Mentor:  Gokhan Ersan, Art & Design 

Emily Spina

Philosophy, Politics & Law

Project title:  Gender, Sexual Violence, and International Law at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, (1994-2015):  An Incomplete Revolution

Mentor:  Jean Quataert, History

Click here to read about past recipients 

2017 Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Anne Taylor

Integrative Neuroscience

Mentor: Christopher Bishop

Carle Wirshba

Music and Integrative Neuroscience

Mentor: Daniel Thomas Davis

Last Updated: 7/27/18