Academic Enrichment

Research at the Mount

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 research 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.


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 research projects.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

SURE 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 students. Learn more...

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 American crows.

Investigating Research on Campus (iROC)

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! Learn more...

To view a calendar of upcoming iROC lectures, please visit the Library website.

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.

Honors Research

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 analysis! Learn more...

Right: Honors student Imani Stamper discusses her Honors Research project with Assistant Librarian Tiffany Davis at the Honors Research Symposium.

Independent Study

Research conferenceStudents 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.

Research Centers

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 include:

  • The Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI)
  • The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP)
  • 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 below:

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.

Faculty Research

Dominican 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:

Mount celebrates faculty and staff authors
Whistle while you work: Mount professor delves into the effects of fun on the job
Mount librarian receives JoVE travel award
A year in the life: Fulbright grant takes Mount professor to Israel

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.

Mount Research in the News

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.

Research in the Hudson River

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.