Undergraduate Research Program

We are pleased to announce the Summer 2020 Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). This program provides a unique opportunity for qualified undergraduate students to conduct research at either of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany or Utica campuses. This opportunity will provide innovative hands-on experience to work closely with our world-class faculty.

Program Dates

The program will last 10 weeks from Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, July 31, 2020.


Students will conduct research 40-hrs/week and be paid a stipend of $472 per week (pretax), for a total of $4,720 for a full-time effort for 10 weeks.

Project Descriptions

Links to the project descriptions are listed below. Faculty e-mail addresses are included in the documents. Applications must include a student's 1st-3rd choice projects. We highly recommend that students reach out to faculty regarding their projects to find the best fit between student applicants and projects.

Poster Sessions

At the conclusion of the SURP, all students will present their research to SUNY Poly’s faculty, students, staff and representatives of its industrial partners at two poster sessions: one in Utica (Thursday, July 30) and another in Albany (Friday, July 31).

There are three options for student participation in research at either the Utica or Albany campus:

(A) Scholarship Research

This option is only available to SUNY Poly students who have not previously participated in the internship program. Competition for these positions will be significant, as there will only be 34-38 total positions available (across both campuses).

(B) Inter-Campus Research

Typically, students are only allowed to participate in one SUNY Poly summer research program. However, SUNY Poly students who have demonstrated excellent research capabilities in their first summer research program can apply to the Inter-Campus Research Option for a second SUNY Poly internship at a different campus than the one where they did their first internship (Utica or Albany). The number of positions available within the inter-campus research program will be 0-4 students; therefore, the selection process for this program will be more rigorous than the scholarship research program.

(C) Visiting UG Research

Non-SUNY Poly students are encouraged to apply to this SURP program. Most faculty will accept either internal or external students.  Position descriptions of faculty who will only accept internal students are marked accordingly.

Who should apply?

Interested undergraduate students with an anticipated graduation date of January 2021 or later, are encouraged to apply to this highly competitive SURP program.  Previous research experience is desirable, but not required.

For option (A), any SUNY Poly student in good academic standing is welcome to apply. Prior research experience is not required for consideration.

For option (B), (Inter-Campus Research) students must have already participated in summer research at SUNY Poly and be available to work at the alternate campus.

For option (C), any non-SUNY Poly undergraduate students may apply.  Previous research experience is desirable, but not required.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications to the 2020 SURP program is Friday, February 21, 2020.

Program Details

The duration of the SURP is 10 weeks beginning on Tuesday, May 26 to Friday, July 31, 2020. Researchers must commit to the entire 10 week duration; absences will be excused for illness and family emergency only.

Travel and Lodging. Expenses related to travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of each researcher.  On-campus housing is expected to be available at the University at Albany’s Empire Commons and Utica’s Residence Halls.  (The UAlbany rate will be $250/week for shared apartment style housing.  For Utica, the cost will be approximately $150-170/week depending on housing choice.) Further information regarding housing will be sent to awardees with offer letters. 

Application Information

Student Applications will require:

(1) Options A-C:

  • Resume
  • GPA
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Listing of top three research positions
  • Statement of Interest (> 100 words)
  • Names of two References, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses

(2) Option B only (in addition to what is listed above):

  • A copy of the poster from previous undergraduate research program
  • A letter of recommendation from previous research advisor
Options A + B (SUNY Poly Students) Option C (External Students)
Applications for all 2020 SURP options are now closed.

Albany Project Descriptions (PDF)

Utica Project Descriptions (PDF)

Further Information

Questions concerning the application process may be directed to Elaine Garrett, at egarrett@sunypoly.edu In addition to your question, please provide your name, phone number, and e-mail address where you can be reached.


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