Summer Research Institute

Overview
SUNY AGEP considers research an integral part of the college experience and a way to encourage graduate study because it integrates students early into the research culture. Therefore, SUNY AGEP sponsors an annual Summer Research Institute (SRI), which offers qualified underrepresented minority undergraduates in the SMET disciplines an enriching and valuable research experience. Participants are placed under the direction and guidance of faculty members and researchers at University at Albany for an intensive seven-week residential program.

Outline of Activities
Research is the main focus of the summer program. Each SRI participant will be placed under the direction of a University at Albany faculty mentor and graduate student to work on a specific research assignment. This is a unique opportunity to receive hands-on training in academic research and scholarly writing.

The SRI also features a variety of seminars and workshops designed to enhance skills needed for graduate study. The Intensive Math Seminar seeks to prepare students for the GRE and graduate study through the development and practice of quantitative and problem-solving mathematics. The Research Methods Seminar seeks to orient students on the design and execution of research, and provide guidance to each participant on their individual research project. Other workshops will be announced throughout the summer, which will focus on a broad spectrum of graduate study topics such as tips on applying to graduate school and writing a personal statement. The SRI also hosts enriching events and field trips.

At the end of the SRI, all participants are expected to give a presentation on their research project at the SRI Research Symposium. Students are also expected to submit an abstract of their research during the seventh week of the program, which is published in the symposium program booklet. A final paper must be submitted on the last day of the program. This experience offers students the chance to participate in a real conference environment.

Eligibility
The selection of participants will be based on academic merit and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Candidates must meet the following requirements for consideration: be either a US citizen or permanent resident; enrolled in an undergraduate SMET degree program; entering their junior or senior year; have a minimum GPA of 3.0 be African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Pacific Islander; and be willing to participate in all SRI program activities.

Award
Selected students are required to complete the entire length of the program, showing a full commitment to their responsibilities at all times. Participants will receive a $2,800.00 stipend and free room and board. Transportation expenses will be granted to students traveling from a distance greater than 75-miles. As a condition of acceptance, all participants must sign an agreement that outlines program expectations and the rules and regulations of University at Albany.