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Undergraduate Research Council


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SUNY Cortland's Undergraduate Research Council serve as a means for the collection and dissemination of information on best practices for undergraduate research and the benefits to students and faculty for being engaged in a broad range of experiential activities. URC directly supports research projects through a number of competitive fellowships and grants. Moreover, the UR Council promotes SUNY Cortland as an institution fully committed to student research, scholarship, and creative pursuits. To this end, the UR Council will assure that faculty and students have easy access to information and resources on best practices, mentoring, student publishing, and other forums for the dissemination of students' scholarly works.

Mission Statement / Message from the Provost

SUNY Cortland incorporates a wide range of wonderful and exciting experiences for undergraduate student research. Currently, more than 80 percent of SUNY Cortland students graduate with some type of experiential learning including study abroad, volunteer service, student teaching, research, clinical work or laboratory coursework. To maintain and further enhance student research opportunities throughout the College, SUNY Cortland's Undergraduate Research Council (UR Council) was created in 2006. UR Council members will promote strong student-faculty collaborations to assure that students are regularly engaged in research and scholarship.

The benefits to undergraduates of participating in research are many. Students become active learners and problem solvers as they explore ways to answer difficult questions or create new pathways. Interaction with experienced faculty provide students with role models for pursuing scholarship and prepare many for similar challenges in graduate school. These challenges engage students and faculty in rich conversations and together they acquire new knowledge through mutual efforts to explore their fields of inquiry.

Access to a range of undergraduate research opportunities is an essential component of SUNY Cortland’s priorities of academic excellence and transformational and engaging learning for all students.  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.

Important Deadlines

Travel Grant Applications

Fall: Nov. 1, 2021
Spring: March 28, 2022

Student Progress in Undergraduate Research Grant Application

Nov 8, 2021
Feb. 21, 2022
May 2, 2022

Summer Research Fellowship Applications

April 4, 2022

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

April, 2022 (for 2022-23 Academic Year)

2021-22 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award

October 25, 2021 (Announcement and call for nominations) 


URC Highlights