Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

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About the Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an opportunity for students to fully engage in a hands-on educational experience of scholarship, research, and creative activity with a faculty mentor.

Through the generosity of the Brockport Foundation, the College sponsors student work with faculty on the mentor's research for up to eight weeks during the summer. (As part of the program, on-campus housing and a stipend for full or part time effort for up to eight weeks is available.)

Student researchers are required to attend the SURP orientation session, complete weekly reflective journals describing their experience, and present their research at the Mid-Summer presentation luncheon, a Fall Poster Gallery, as well as Scholars Day in the following spring semester. Students that are on campus are required to attend a weekly workshop series focused on developing professional skills.


2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
June 1 – July 27, 2021

Application Process:

Student Application: Opens Tuesday, January 26, Closes Thursday, March 4 at 5 pm
This should be written by the student applicant in the student’s words, and should involve a collaboration effort between the student and faculty mentor.

Mentor Recommendation: Opens Tuesday, January 26, Closes Friday, March 5 at 5 pm
The link to this form will be emailed to a student’s identified faculty mentor once the student application is submitted. This should be written and submitted by the faculty mentor.

Interview: Individually scheduled on March 24, 25 or 26.
The interview is 15 minutes with the ranking committee. During this interview the student applicant will be asked about the project and the potential impact this experience will have on their future goals.

Orientation Meeting: Monday, April 26 or Tuesday, April 27  from 2 - 3 pm
Once selected for the program, student interns and faculty mentors will attend a one hour mandatory meeting. Identical details will be shared at each meeting; only one orientation meeting is required.

Undergraduate Research Webinar Series: Summer 2020

Since SURP 2020 was unable to be coordinated as usual, the following webinars were recorded to continue engaging students interested in research remotely. Feel free to utilize the below research topic and mentor recordings for your educational benefit. 

Scientific Writing

Presenter: Dr. Adam Rich (Director of Undergraduate Research and Professor in the Department of Biology)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Susan E. Lowey (Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing)

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Writing a Literature Review

Presenter: Dr. Austin Busch (Director of Honors College and Associate Professor in the Department of English)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Michel Pelletier (Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of  Biology)

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Mentor Map

Presenter: Dr. Bob LeSeur (Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Amy Lynn Shema (Director of Summer LEAP & Professor in Education & Human Development)

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How to Write an Abstract

Presenter: Rachael Mulvihill (IRB Coordinator and Instructor in the Department of English)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Marcie Desrochers (Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology)

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How to Find Credible Sources

Presenter: Linda Hacker (Associate Librarian)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Susan Orr (Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science)

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Creating & Presenting Poster Presentations

Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Ratcliff (Associate Professor, in the Department of Psychology) and Dr. Alicia Kerfoot (Associate Professor in the Department of English)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Melissa Kowalski (Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice)

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Presenting Your Poster in a Digital Format

Presenter: Ann Pearlman (Senior Instructional Design Specialist)

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Research Mentor

Dr. Sharon Lubkemann Allen (Professor of Comparative Literature)

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Undergraduate Research & Internship Day

The date of this event in the fall 2021 is to be determined.

For more information, contact the SURP Coordinator Dr. Pamela Haibach Beach or Director of Undergraduate Research Dr. Adam Rich.


Research Fellowships

With gratitude for the generosity of our donors, we are pleased to offer the following fellowships:

James and Carol '94 Haynes Research Scholars Fund

This fund supports an annual summer undergraduate research award to a student in Environmental Science & Ecology with a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and in the major courses. A $3200 stipend will be presented for 8-weeks participation in summer research. Students are required to work on a project in support of, and mentored by, an Environmental Science and/or Biology Brockport faculty member. Research results must be presented at The SURP Fall Research Symposium and at least one external research conference.

Donald Nelson-Nasca Research Scholars Fund

This fund supports an annual summer undergraduate research award to a Brockport student with a 3.0 GPA overall and in the major courses. Students arrange for an 8-week summer research experience with a faculty mentor and are awarded a $3200 stipend. This fund was established by Donald to recognize outstanding students at The College who have demonstrated commitment and potential for excellence in scientific research.

"In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand . . . research is creating new knowledge."
– Neil Armstrong

Last Updated 3/1/21