April 18, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
For his SURE project last year, Mount Saint Mary College student Charles Benfer of Milton, N.Y. (center) worked with Bishop Dunn Memorial School to create fun math problems centered on the school’s Sensory Garden.
Mount Saint Mary College is pleased to announce that its Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program recently received a $7,500 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank.
Now in its 10th year, SURE provides students with the opportunity to conduct scholarly research alongside faculty mentors. Students receive a stipend during the summer months to perform original research projects in a variety of disciplines, and initiate projects on relevant topics in education, human services, psychology, and other fields.
SURE projects at the Mount in previous years include “Avatar-Based Smartphone Application as a Heart Failure Education Strategy,” “Quantitative Analysis of the Trees Located on Snake Hill in Newburgh, N.Y.,” and “Development of Edible Vaccines for Candida Albicans, the Causative Agent of Candidiasis.”
Students work alone or in pairs with a Mount professor during either one or two five-week summer sessions. At the conclusion of their projects, students present their findings to the entire college community during the yearly SURE Symposium.
Mount scholars also present their SURE projects at regional or national events including the Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference; the Tri-Beta Conference (a national Biology honor society); the American Chemical Society National Meeting; and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The data gained from SURE projects is often beneficial to the community surrounding the college. Students perform their research at local school districts, service organizations, parks, and nature preserves.
After graduation, SURE participants have reported that the program provided them with a rare and valuable opportunity to gain an academic research experience, which proves beneficial as they apply to graduate schools and for employment.
At Mount Saint Mary College, the SURE program is coordinated by Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of Biology.