Above: Students have the opportunity to present research to the
college community at the biannual iROC Student Poster Symposium. At
the Mount, research is a highly-regarded part of the learning
process, and students are encouraged to take advantage of resarch
opportunities through SURE, iROC, the Honors Program, independent
studies, and more.
Mount Saint Mary College offers its students many opportunities
to be involved in scholarly activities and field research. These
include contributions to a faculty member’s ongoing research
efforts or independent projects initiated by students and guided by
faculty mentorship. Our students have published and presented at
conferences around the country, and even the world! These
accomplishments provide many advantages for students seeking
post-graduate employment opportunities and for students applying
for acceptance into graduate programs, where undergraduate research
is increasingly valued.
STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Mount Saint Mary College students have a number of opportunities
allowing them to conduct research in their chosen field, including
the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
(SURE), Investigating Research on Campus
(iROC), Honors Research, and independent studies. Students can
also work with the research centers
on campus, and assist with faculty
Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
(SURE), Mount Saint Mary College faculty work collaboratively with
students on research projects over the summer in subject areas such
as science, mathematics, education, psychology, the arts, business,
and more. This competitive program offers a stipend and housing to
students who, in turn, spend 20 hours a week for part of the summer
working on research. These projects often get turned into college
symposiums, local, national, and international conference
presentations, or even publications. Working side-by-side with a
faculty member is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain
an academic research experience. Each semester, a list of faculty
research projects and the program application are posted on the MSMC Portal for interested
Right: Domineck DeCaterina, a SURE student researcher,
works with Associate Professor of Biology Douglas Robinson as they
examine antibiotic resistance in bacteria isolated from nesting
The goal of the iROC seminar series is to provide a
forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their
research endeavors with both Mount Saint Mary College and the local
community. Presentations include research proposals, initial data
collection, and completed research projects. All are welcome to
attend and learn about scholarship at the Mount!
To view a calendar of upcoming iROC lectures, please visit the
Left: Michael Edelstein, a professor at Ramapo College of New
Jersey, presents Psycho-Social Impacts of Water and Other
Environmental Contamination during an iROC event in 2016.
All honors students are required to engage in a research project
during their time at the Mount. Students sign up for Honors
Research as a course with a faculty mentor. These projects allow
one-on-one mentorship by faculty, as well as the opportunity to
more deeply explore an area of research of the student’s interests.
It is a rewarding experience for a student to go from idea to
Right: Honors student Imani Stamper discusses her Honors
Research project with Assistant Librarian Tiffany Davis at the
Honors Research Symposium.
Students at Mount Saint Mary College have many
opportunities to conduct scholarly research with faculty. During
the semester, students can receive academic credit within their
major by conducting an independent study with a faculty mentor.
These studies may represent the beginning of a new project or may
be a continuation of research initiated through the Honors program,
through coursework, or research conducted over the summer as a SURE
participant. Independent study projects often lead to student
presentation of results to the community both locally and at
regional and national conferences.
Check out some of our student research achievements below:
Above: Mount science students presented at the 70th annual
Eastern Colleges Science Conference in April of 2016.
The Mount also forwards the development of research on campus
through specific Centers of Excellence, each of which focuses on a
particular area of study integral to the college’s identity and
academic specialties. While spearheaded by faculty and staff
directors, each of the centers provide students with opportunities
to expand their liberal arts worldview and to engage in influential
research outside of the classroom. These Centers for Excellence
- The Catholic and Dominican Institute (
- The Center on Aging and Policy (
- The Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)
- The Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL)
Check out some of the latest news from our Centers of Excellence
Right: Mount Saint Mary College graduate students assisted
local students at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center over the summer
in writing and illustrating their own "book of dreams" and then
presenting them to their parents.
Our faculty engage in many different kinds of
scholarship – writing and publishing articles and books, presenting
at national and international conferences, and collaborating with
local schools, hospitals, and even colleagues around the world.
Most projects involve undergraduate participation.
Read more about some of the latest research projects that our
faculty have completed at the Mount:
Above: Faculty and staff presented their research on the legacy
of the Dominican Order at the 14th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican
Colleges and Universities in Michegan. They are pictured here
posing with the display of a quilt created by Mount students,
faculty, and staff to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the
founding of the Dominican Order.
The impacts of Mount students’ research is appreciated and
celebrated in the local community. Read more about the effects that
Mount research is having in the region and beyond.
Mount Saint Mary College science students worked with students
from Nora Cronin Presentation Academy and San Miguel Academy of
Newburgh to collect and analyze samples from the river during "A
Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary". Participants'
findings contribute to ongoing research projects.