SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC)

By Ariel Kurtz, student, SUNY Empire State College

February 16, 2017

Social - SURC 2017Are you looking to connect with students, faculty and administration from other SUNY colleges? Would you like to make the most of your time at a SUNY school? The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference is a great event to meet fellow students who are dedicated to Student Research and Creative Projects! The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference will take place at Suffolk County Community College on April 21, 2017 in Brentwood, Long Island and SUNY Fredonia on April 22, 2017 in Fredonia, NY.

Students can submit research, creative writing, visual art, music composition, dance choreography and theatrical scenes. Students can submit a proposal online and a faculty member will review. For the Research and Creative Project to be eligible it should be associated with your: thesis, capstone project, advanced methods, independent research, applied learning, creative project, substantial research or summer research experience and the foundation should be based on advanced methodologies or primary research.

The deadline for abstract submission is February 24 and students will be notified if they’ve been accepted in early March. The deadline for conference registration closes on March 17. Best of luck to all applicants, I hope this event brings you brand new knowledge and a broadening of your SUNY network!

Students should go to the website at to submit their abstract.  Under Student Presentation students can find proposal guidelines, abstract examples, and instructions for oral presentations, poster presentations, and performances.

Important factors to consider:

The project should identify the central research question/objective/purpose, summarize the methodology and state a conclusion

There is a limit of one presentation proposal per student

Title should be in bold font, short and specific and in mixed Upper and lower case letters

Use 12 Times New Roman font and should include 200-300 words, please use plain text (no tables, charts, pictures, etc)

Registration is $25 per student and $35 per faculty.  Payment options include credit card, billing of institution, or onsite payment.

Students who have already submitted their abstracts will receive final confirmations in early March and should complete their registration by March 17.  Faculty advisors and staff who will be accompanying students or attending the conference should register online by March 17 registration deadline as well.

We are pleased to announce that distinguished biomedical researcher and President of Stony Brook University, Dr. Sam Stanley, will be the keynote speaker at SURC East at Suffolk County Community College (Brentwood, LI) on April 21 and renowned Genentech researcher, Dr. Diane Pennica, will be the keynote speaker at SURC West at SUNY Fredonia on April 22.

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