2020 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC)

Date Posted: Fri Oct 4, 2019

The SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Old Westbury will serve as hosts for the 2020 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) to be held on Saturday, April 4, 2019, (ESF) and Saturday,  April 24, 2019 (Old Westbury).

Please see the announcement below. Students and mentors from ALL academic disciplines are invited to participate in SURC, More SURC information, including a Call for Participants, will be issued in the coming weeks. Thank you for promoting SURC and encouraging participation.


SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) 2020

SURC 2020 UPSTATE (April 4) and SURC 2020 DOWNSTATE (April 24)

The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from across the SUNY system for a full day of multidisciplinary activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations (oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster), luncheon with keynote speaker(s), a SUNY Transfer, Graduate School and Career Fair, and professional development workshops for students and for faculty.

SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will host SURC 2020 UPSTATE on their campus in Syracuse on Saturday, 4 April 2020, and SUNY Old Westbury will host SURC 2020 DOWNSTATE on their campus on Saturday, 24 April 2020. The intent of hosting at two different locations is to draw as many students as possible from all of the SUNY schools.  Students are welcome to participate at either of the two institutions!


Original research and creative activity are widely recognized as high-impact educational experiences that positively affect undergraduate students’ completion rates, career prospects and readiness for graduate study. Most SUNY campuses encourage such research and creative activity throughout the curriculum, through independent study and capstone experiences and/or via internship placements, and invest in opportunities for students to present their work. This allows students to engage critical audiences in their learning processes and hone the professional communication skills necessary for higher-order scholarship and career success. Frequently those institutions do so by sending their students to professional conferences and events. While such participation allows students to develop further confidence and academic skills and to network beyond their campus by presenting their work to students and faculty who specialize in their research fields, this opportunity often comes at a steep cost of sending students to distant conferences.

SURC provides similar networking and academic enrichment opportunities for students throughout the SUNY system at lower costs and more convenient locales.

By bringing together many hundreds of students and faculty from across the state to participate in the SURC at the two locations, we will help realize the synergistic power of the SUNY system. Students will benefit from networking and academic enrichment opportunities and learn about transfer and graduate programs available across SUNY. Faculty will benefit from networking workshops on integrating student research into their pedagogy or building research and grant collaborations.

SURC is supported by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, and the Research Foundation, as well as SUNY student and faculty governance organizations and, of course, the local host sites.

All undergraduate students engaged in research/creative activity and their mentors across SUNY and CUNY are invited to attend! 


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