SUNY Potsdam is the recipient of a 5-year (2008-2013), $1.6 million dollar Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Education to promote undergraduate research across-the-curriculum and foster an institutional culture of inquiry-based student learning.
The following internal grant funded campus programs for eligible tenure-track and tenured faculty focus on integrating undergraduate research principles or practices in curriculum design, cultivating professional development skills, and promoting conference travel to share campus best practices. The programs are also designed to engage both faculty and students in meaningful research, scholarship, and creative activity in multiple classroom, laboratory, or studio settings.
Grant Award Programs
- Faculty Curriculum Development
The goal of the faculty curriculum development program is to integrate an undergraduate research component into an individual course that will have a significant impact on student learning. The curricular proposal may focus on a detailed plan to revise an existing course or design a new course that introduces active research opportunities for undergraduate students.
2012: October 22 and November 30
2013: March 5 and April 16
- Faculty/Student Collaborative Travel
The goal of the collaborative faculty/student travel program is to increase the number of new faculty and students involved in undergraduate research projects whose preliminary results are competitively presented at regional, national, or international conferences. It is understood that faculty mentors will travel with students and work closely with each student before, during, and after the conference to provide the most valuable learning experience.
2012: September 21 and November 16
2013: February 11 and April 5
- Department Curriculum Development
The goal of the department curriculum development program is to permanently incorporate additional or new undergraduate research opportunities for students in at least 3 required or elective courses in the major and/or minor curricula. The curricular proposal may focus on a detailed plan to revise existing courses and/or design new courses that promote research activities for undergraduate students.
2012: October 15 and December 3
2013: March 8 and April 12
- Learning Communities Initiative
The goal of the “Transforming the Academy: Integrating Undergraduate Research in Learning Communities” initiative is to identify a select number of First-Year Interest Groups, General Education Learning Communities and Upper Division Learning Communities as institutional pilot programs that provide research-based teaching and learning experiences, foster a sense of an integrative academic community and promote collaborative intersections between faculty and cohorts of engaged students across-the-curriculum and across-the schools.
2012: October 8 and December 3
2013: February 26 and April 12
Please see News & Notes for updates on Title III program activities, current events and special projects.