Research & Award Opportunities

Center for Student Research Opportunities

  • The Frederick B. Kilmer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships supports student-faculty collaborative projects during the academic year and summer. Awards are competitive and funding is $300 for semester projects; $500 for academic year projects, and $1,000 for summer.More information about this award is available on our website.
  • Student Travel Grant supports students incurring expenses while traveling to professional meetings and conferences. The maximum award, which is competitive, is $500; however, lesser amounts to provide partial funding may be awarded based on the number of applications and other factors.
  • The Ram Chugh North Country Public Service and Research Award is presented each spring at the annual SUNY Potsdam Learning & Research Fair. Two awards (1st place: $250, 2nd place: $150) adjudicated by a panel of professionals and community members, are available to students conducting research on a social, political, environmental or scientific issue relevant to the North Country region of New York State. This award is made possible through an endowment established by SUNY Potsdam Professor Emeritis Dr. Ram Chugh, and his wife Seema.
  • The Frederick B. Kilmer Fund also presents awards each spring at the annual SUNY Potsdam Learning & Research Fair.  Three awards (1st place: $200, 2nd place: $100, and 3rd place: $50) adjudicated by a panel of SUNY Potsdam faculty and/or other professionals, acknowledge outstanding undergraduate research, creative and scholarly work.

Other SUNY Potsdam Research, Scholarly and Creative Support

  • The SUNY Potsdam Student Government Association has travel funds available for undergraduate students who must share the benefits of their travel (i.e. presentation or workshop) with the campus community.
  • Presidential Scholars gives motivated and talented SUNY Potsdam students the opportunity to create independent research projects with on or off campus mentors, with financial support and academic recognition.  Qualified students are invited to apply each fall semester.
  • Honors Program allows highly motivated students to explore education in a supportive environment. Advanced Honors students complete an undergraduate research project.
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
  • (CSTEP) provides opportunities for an elite group of undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, and related fields.  Admission to the program is available to students who are from underrepresented groups or meet income guidelines, and are in good academic standing.  CSTEP also provides career and research support.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities outside SUNY Potsdam

  • NCUR, part of the Council for Undergraduate Research, provides resources for students conducting research, including opportunities for presenting your research at national conferences.
  • Presentation Opportunities (from CUR)
  • Research Opportunities (from CUR)
  • The National Science Foundation supports paid undergraduate research opportunities every summer through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.  Programs span science and social sciences fields- everything from archaeological excavations to arctic environmental survey. Visit the site to learn about the opportunities.  Applications are usually due in the middle of the spring semester. 
  • National Geographic is offering Young Explorer Grants to support individuals ages 18-25 "to pursue some of their first experiences carrying out fieldwork and exploration." Amounts range form $2000 to $5000.