Students and faculty gathering to discuss poster presentations

Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference

Events Scheduled for April 25-26, 2024

Thursday, April 25, 4:30 PM 

Keynote Address delivered by the recipient of the 2024 Dr. Peter DiNardo ’68 and Judith Waring Outstanding Achievement in Research Award: Kevin D. Dames, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kinesiology

Friday, April 26

Student presentations

10:20 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bowers Hall

Writing Gala (PDF)

5 p.m – 7 p.m., Dowd Fine Arts Center, Dowd Gallery


Schedule at a glance: Transformations 2024 Schedule At a Glance (PDF)

Presentation handbook: Transformations 2024 Presentation Handbook (PDF)

Moderator Forms: Moderator Evaluation Form 2024 (DOC)

If you have any questions, please contact Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office at 607-753-4312 or email

About Transformations

In 2012, a new emphasis on student research led to a name change to Transformations: A Student Research and Creativity Conference. It is through the process of research and creative activity that we make discoveries that produce new knowledge and understandings that transform our disciplines. The world around us can be transformed through meaningful applications of this new knowledge, and we can transform students’ lives by providing them with opportunities to participate in original research and creative projects.

A highlight of the academic year, this event focuses on student research, which is defined as an original investigation or creative activity through the primary efforts of a student or group of students. The work should show problem-solving skills and demonstrate new conceptual outcomes. We are encouraged and invigorated by the increasing level of student research that we are seeing and understand that it is only possible through the ongoing efforts of faculty who provide leadership and mentoring.

Generally, the event begins with a keynote address that is followed by presentations and poster sessions. In addition to attendance by members of the campus community, invitations are extended to area high schools, our elected representatives and to the Cortland community at large.

Support for Transformations has been provided by the President's Office and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Office. Special thanks to the Student Alumni Association for providing volunteers.

Transformations Committee

  • Hilary Wong, Memorial Library
  • Christopher Badurek, Geography
  • Martine Barnaby, Art and Art History
  • Kevin Dames, Kinesiology
  • Laura Eierman, Biological Sciences
  • Kaitlin Flannery, Psychology
  • Eunyoung Jung, Foundations and Social Advocacy
  • Bruce Mattingly, Arts and Sciences (Chair)
  • Erin Morris, Sport Management
  • Kimberly Rombach, Childhood/Early Childhood Education
  • Meghan VanDeuson, Arts and Sciences
  • Hilary Wong, Memorial Library

Contact Us

School of Arts and Sciences
Old Main, Room 124
Phone: 607-753-4312
Fax: 607-753-5979
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
email the Dean
email the Associate Dean