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2019 Summer Scholars and Artists Program 


The Binghamton University Undergraduate Research Center, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs, offers the Summer Scholars and Artists Fellowship to allow undergraduates to engage in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer. The fellowship supports the student's original research or creative project through a stipend, enabling recipients to engage in primary research or creative activities with guidance from faculty mentors. Proposals from students in all academic disciplines, departments and colleges are welcome.


  • Supports undergraduate students in at least eight weeks of full-time scholarly activity.
  • Consists of a $3,500 student award and a $1,000 faculty award. 
  • Provides free on-campus housing for 8 weeks.


The application deadline for summer 2019 is Sunday, FEBRUARY 10, 2019.  

Eligibility Requirements


  • Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2020 or later.
  • The award cannot be used to support research assistance for a faculty member's research project.
  • Students can only receive the Summer Scholars and Artists Program fellowship once.
  • Students may not receive other funding during the period covered by this award.
  • Students applying for support for summer apprenticeships (i.e. summer theater) must indicate which apprenticeship locations they are applying for.  The SSAP award will be contingent on being accepted to the apprenticeship.


  • Must be employed by Binghamton University throughout the duration of the award period.
  • Faculty mentors may receive funding to mentor only one student annually.
  • Department Chairs cannot be compensated for mentoring students participating in the program due to ineligibility for extra service.  Chairs may choose to allocate funding to a colleague or an advanced graduate student who is assisting the student recipient.


  • This award is made to allow recipients to devote their full attention to the proposed research, creative project, apprenticeship or individual study during the award period. Part-time employment is discouraged, but may be permitted under special circumstances and only with prior approval by the director of the Undergraduate Research Center. 
  • Recipients will be invited to attend meetings during and immediately following the program.
  • Recipients must submit a mid-summer report and a brief final report on the results of their summer 2019 experience immediately following the completion of the award period.
  • Recipients will formally present the results of their research in spring 2020.
  • Recipients may be asked to provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship. 

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • The intellectual quality and feasibility of the project or the educational potential of the opportunity.
  • The student's preparation for the project/opportunity through prior experience or training.
  • The merit of the research/creative experience.
  • The faculty member's plan for support and mentoring. 


Additional information and application instructions are available HERE.


ARTICLE: Scholars and Artists Pursue Summer Research Projects


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

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Last Updated: 9/20/18