SURC is Coming: Begin Packaging Your Ideas

By Samantha Williams, student, SUNY Empire State College

January 16, 2015

street sign, sunset‘Tis the season!

For research or creative project proposals, Feb. 1 marks the deadline for proposal submissions to the first SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC).

With the holiday season at an end, students are encouraged to devote some time to advancing their academic career. Not only does research, creative writing and art foster well-rounded student outcomes, but all enable students to pursue their interests and present those interests on a larger stage.

SURC will be hosted at SUNY Brockport in western New York on April 10, as an opportunity for student presenters to show off their research, performances, or art, as well as attend a luncheon, listen to a keynote speaker, attend a SUNY Graduate School and Career Fair and participate in professional workshops. The conference will arm attendees and presenters with networking opportunities and professional experience, as they mingle among peers, faculty and others, forging meaningful relationships.

Students: This is your chance to represent yourself and Empire State College. Whether you offer a gift for writing, a fine or performing art talent, or research skills, SURC can be your arena. Check out the SURC submission guidelines, reach out to your mentor or a professor about work you have submitted in the past or research or projects you are interested in pursuing. Join the Empire State College team and let’s work together to show SURC what Empire State College students offer. Once you have an idea in mind, take some time to refine it into an abstract and submit it.

If you are looking to get a leg up on a possible career or are considering graduate school, presenting at SURC will allow you to grow. You might be surprised at how original, interesting and important your interests, research or creative work is to the SUNY system.

Even if you don’t want to present, consider attending workshops and supporting your Empire State College peers with your presence. Registration opens Feb. 10.

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