2018 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 $3,000 student award and a $1,000 faculty award.
- Provides free on-campus housing for 8 weeks.
The application deadline for summer 2018 is Friday, FEBRUARY 9, 2018.
- Open to undergraduate students graduating in spring 2019 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 2018 experience immediately following the completion of the award period.
- Recipients will formally present the results of their research in spring 2019.
- Recipients may be asked to provide guidance to potential future applicants in the academic year following their fellowship.
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.
Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists
2017 Summer Scholars and Artists
Project Title: Lung-on-a Chip: Analyzing Epigenetic Effects of PM2.5 on Human Lung Cells
Mentor: Peter Huang, Mechanical Engineering
English: Creative Writing
Project Title: Memoir on Living with Anorexia Nervosa
Mentor: Leslie Heywood, English
Anthropology & English
Project Title: Waveland, MS: A Novel
Mentor: Barrett Bowlin, English
Individualized Major Program (IMP) and Philosophy
Project Title: Capitalist Values and Approaches to Learning
Mentor: Christopher Morgan-Knapp, Philosophy
Laser Micromachining of Waveguides Using a Femtosecond Laser
Mentor: Bonggu Shim, Physics
Project Title: Testing the Utility of Lipid-Based Sea Surface Temperature Proxies in Polar Regions throughout the Cenozoic
Mentor: Molly Patterson, Environmental Studies & Geology
Project Title: The Role of the Gut Microbiome After Nanoparticle Exposure to the Intestinal Epithelium
Mentor: Gretchen Mahler, Biomedical Engineering
Project Title: Mitochondrial Epistasis in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
Mentor: Heather Fiumera, Biological Sciences
Project Title: The Adler Scrolls, A Novella
Mentor: Shay Rabineau, Judaic Studies
English: Creative Writing
Project Title: A Collection of Creative Short Stories
Mentor: Liz Rosenberg, English
Biochemistry and Studio Art
Project Title: Study of pHLIP variants, D33N, D31N, D25N, D14N
Mentor: Ming An, Chemistry
Project Title: Salt and Invasions: The Effect of Invasive Species and Salt on Further Invasions
Mentor: Jessica Hua, Biological Sciences
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
Project Title: Shakespeare & Company’s Summer Training Institute
Mentor: Anne Brady, Theater
Graphic Design and Environmental Studies
Project Title: Interactive Environmental Art Exhibition
Mentor: Frank Chang, Art & Design
Environmental Studies and Geology
Project Title: The Ecological Implications of Ants as a Seed-Dispersing Vector
Mentor: Kirsten Prior, Biological Sciences
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
Project Title: Engineering Metal Oxides: The Future of Water Splitting
Mentor: Louis Piper, Physics
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
Project Title: “The Old Style” In a New Way: Bringing Traditional Irish Singing Style to Contemporary Classical Composition
Mentor: Daniel Davis, Music
Project Title: Fine Art and Science of Glass
Mentor: Gokhan Ersan, Art & Design
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
2017 Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
Mentor: Christopher Bishop
Music and Integrative Neuroscience
Mentor: Daniel Thomas Davis