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Presidents Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership: Undergraduate Research

To recognize the outstanding scholarly achievements of SUNY Cortland students, the College has created the President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership, Designation in Undergraduate Research.  This designation along with its accompanying transcript notation will provide formal institutional recognition of an undergraduate student’s high-level achievements and participation in independent research or creative activities.

What are the benefits of the designation? Those students who have successfully achieved the designation will have the Undergraduate Research Designation added to their official college transcript and may be recognized with the President’s Recognition for Engaged Learning and Leadership at the annual Honor’s Convocation.

What sort of activities are eligible? Following the national Council of Undergraduate Research, SUNY Cortland defines undergraduate research as: An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline. Undergraduate research is conducted across all disciplines and all academic departments at SUNY Cortland.

Who is eligible? All full-time matriculated undergraduate students who have fulfilled the requirements are eligible for the designation. Please note that the process will usually take many semesters to complete and that the student must be nominated at least one semester prior to official application and review of portfolio.

What are the criteria for the designation? To gain the designation, the student must have demonstrated completion of a substantial and original scholarly research project or creative contribution (as per the above definition) under the guidance of a faculty mentor and shared with the College community and within the student’s professional discipline. Specific criteria are provided in the Program Description and Nomination Form and will be documented by submitting a portfolio.

How do I apply for the designation? The first step is to complete the nomination form with your faculty sponsor and schedule a consultative appointment with the Director of the college’s Undergraduate Research Council. There are no deadlines for the program; however, submission of the Nominating Form and consultative meeting must take place at least one academic semester prior to the final submission of Application and Portfolio.

Questions about the designation can be directed to Maria Timberlake, Director, Undergraduate Research Council 607-753-5937, Cornish Hall, Room 1227)


Documents and Forms

Program Description and Nomination Form [pdf] [docx]

Application Form [pdf] [docx]

Important Deadlines

Travel Grant Applications

Fall: Rolling Submissions
Sept 2, 2022 - Dec 2, 2022

Student Progress in Undergraduate Research Grant Application

Fall:  Rolling Submissions
Sept 2, 2022 - Nov 2, 2022

Summer Research Fellowship Information Session

Sept. 20, 2022, 4 - 5 p.m.
Nov. 3, 2022, 11 a.m. - noon

Undergraduate Research Assistant Program

TBA (for 2023-24 Academic Year)

2022-23 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award

TBA (Announcement and call for nominations) 


URC Highlights