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Undergraduate Research Center

Main Office Phone: 607-777-4325
Fax: 607-777-4345
Director: Janice McDonald
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Graduate Assistant: 
Mikhail-Ann Urquhart
Secretary: Mona Zwick


Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

2014 Summer Scholars and Artists

Giavana Buffa
Professor Ralph Garruto, mentor

Rajesh Burela
Integrative Neuroscience
Assistant Professor Gretchen Mahler, mentor

Evan Flury
Music & History
Professor Daniel Davis, mentor

Caitlin Gotimer
Music-Vocal Performance
Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Goodheart, mentor

Marcella Green
English & Studio Art
Adjunct Lecturer Costa Sakellariou, mentor

Diandra Hassan
Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, mentor

Zhongzhou Huang
Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor Changhong Ke, mentor

Rebecca Irwin
Assistant Professor Paul Chiarot, mentor

Zachary Lebens-Higgins
Assistant Professor Louis Piper, mentor

Eric Lee
Medieval Studies & History
Distinguished Service Professor John Chaffee, mentor

Alexander Leiss
Cinema & Studio Art
Lecturer Barrett Bowlin, mentor

Brandon Lew
Integrative Neuroscience & Physics
Professor Lisa Savage, mentor

Veronica Mantilla
Assistant Professor Mathew Vetticatt, mentor

Samantha Meadows
Integrative Neuroscience
Associate Professor Chris Bishop, mentor

Shenny Molina
Sociology & LACAS
Associate Professor Kelvin Santiago-Valles, mentor

2014 Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Manar Alherech
Chemistry and Arabic
Professor Wayne Jones, mentor

Ilana Ben-Ezra
History and Political Science
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Casteen, mentor




Why Participate in Research?

Why become involved in undergraduate research or scholarly and creative activity beyond what is required for courses? You may be wondering what is in it for you. The Undergraduate Research Center strongly believes that undergraduate research, scholarship and creative work adds significant value to the college experience and that student learning is greatly enhanced through participation in these activities. Binghamton University students who have participated in these experiences agree.  Below are a few testimonials from Binghamton's undergraduate researchers, scholars and artists regarding the impact of their work on their personal and professional development:

• Giavana Buffa
Senior, Biology
2014 Summer Scholars & Artists Recipient
Faculty Mentor: Ralph Garruto

"Summer scholars allowed me to realize that the research I am conducting in college can have an effect on the real world, and can be applied throughout countries across the globe. The research I am conducting pushed me to learn methods I was unfamiliar with, extended my knowledge in my research field, and proved my dedication to the global health community. I am forever grateful to have had this experience, which initiated my immersion into research.

• Evan Flury
Junior, Music & History
2014 Summer Scholars & Artists Recipient
Faculty Mentor: Daniel Davis

"Through the Summer Scholars program, I was able to tackle a project that not only combined both of my majors but gave me a "Senior Project" that drew techniques and concepts from a number of classes while giving me the freedom to see a complex and unique project from conception to completion. This project was a culmination of more than 3 years of a diverse education, focused through my passions in Music and History."

 • Zachary Lebens-Higgins
Senior, Physics
2014 Summer Scholars & Artists Recipient
Faculty Mentor: Louis Piper

"The independent focus of the summer scholars project gave me a greater ability to understand and tackle the challenges of a longer term research project. Each experimental step requires greater reflection and interpretation in order to justify a result. Throughout the summer, I continued to gain a broader and deeper understanding of the physics behind my results."




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Last Updated: 8/29/14