Undergraduate Research Council


The mission of SUNY Cortland's Undergraduate Research Council:

  • Promote SUNY Cortland as an institution fully committed to student research, scholarship, and creative pursuits.
  • Collect and disseminate current best practices for undergraduate research.
  • Communicate the benefits to students and faculty for being engaged in a broad range of experiential activities.
  • Support research projects through a number of competitive fellowships and grants.

SUNY Cortland students' contributions to society and their high standards of excellence are consistent with the National Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and exemplify our College mission and vision. “Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry is fundamentally a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning. With an emphasis on process, CUR defines undergraduate research as a mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge”.  By adopting the CUR definition, SUNY Cortland is committed to supporting undergraduate research across departments and disciplines and expects that students will disseminate their research findings through presentations, publications and other scholarly and artistic pursuits.

Spring 2024 URC Recommended Resources

For Students:

You are welcome here: A practical guide to diversity, equity, and inclusion for undergraduates embarking on an ecological research experience

For faculty:

Six Tips for Being an Effective Mentor

Ten Simple Rules for Building an Anti-Racist Lab