SUNY Oneonta recognizes that undergraduate research is an important tool in developing exceptional students and thinkers, and in preparing our students to gain admittance to graduate and professional schools or to succeed in entry-level positions in the workforce.

Our students have collaborated with faculty on research topics ranging from contagious yawning in birds to a green chemistry invention that won a United States patent. Students also do independent research on topics of their own choosing, guided by faculty mentors, and present them at our annual Student Research & Creative Activity Day on campus. Grant awards of up to $1,500 are available for independent research and creative activity projects conducted by students with faculty sponsorship in any discipline or interdisciplinary area.

Many students also present their research at regional and national conferences, and funding is available to help defray travel expenses through the Caroline ’67 and David D’Antonio Undergraduate Student Travel for Excellence Fund and the Student Travel for Excellence Program.

Often, student-faculty research projects result in publications in academic journals. For example, in fall 2016, nine biology students co-authored an article on five new species of tapeworms published in a peer-reviewed international parasitology journal.

Getting to present my research at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting was an incredible opportunity. I was not only presenting to fellow students who have the same interests as me; I also presented to professionals in the field. To get their feedback and hear that they enjoyed my research really meant a lot.

Jillian Young ’16,
Meteorology major with minors in mathematics and water resources