SUNY Chancellor Marks Success of Inaugural Class of Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund at Binghamton University

August 3, 2023

Binghamton University Received $150,000 to Provide Summer Internships to 38 Students 

Students Met With Chancellor King During Today's Visit, Photos Available Here

Binghamton, NY – State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. today celebrated students and their work as the 2023 Chancellor's Summer Research Excellence Fund internships concluded. Binghamton University was one of the initial participants of the Summer Research Excellence Fund, along with the University at Buffalo, SUNY ESF, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Stony Brook University.

As a result of the Chancellor's Summer Research Excellence Fund, Binghamton University supported a total of 38 students across four different summer research programs: the Summer Research Immersion (SRI), "Fast-track" Research Immersion (FtRI), Summer Scholars and Artists Program (SSAP), and McNair Scholars Summer Research Internship (McNair). The fund covers all student costs so that more students can participate, including student stipend/salary, tuition/fees, housing, meal plans, child care, and transportation.

"Providing SUNY students with paid summer internships is integral to our strategy for student success and upward mobility," said SUNY Chancellor King. "That is why SUNY is setting a goal that every undergraduate student has the opportunity to complete an internship before they graduate, and we thank Governor Kathy Hochul for funding to help make it possible. My gratitude to President Stenger and his team for developing an exceptional internship program this summer, and my congratulations to the students who benefited from the Chancellor's Summer Research Excellence Fund."

Building on the Chancellor's Summer Research Excellence Fund, the Chancellor announced earlier this spring that all state-operated campuses will receive a share of $10 million in dedicated ongoing annual funding to support paid internships on their campuses. Campus plans for the first year of the program are due at the beginning of September.

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said, "Our summer research programs provide students with a one-of-a-kind research experience working alongside faculty and fellow students on cutting-edge projects. These programs emphasize the development of workplace skills that employers, graduate schools, and professional schools expect in college graduates. We are incredibly grateful to Chancellor King for providing the necessary funding to expand these opportunities to even more low-income, first-generation, and minority students, giving them the opportunity to make the most of their summer, expanding their skill sets and knowledge base through real research."

Dr. Yancy Luan, research assistant professor, said, "I think it's a valuable experience for the students. They learn something. They try to utilize the knowledge they have learned, and they become an initial researcher. I'm proud of every one of my students."

Summer Lin, junior, biochemistry with a minor in graphic design, said, "I have been involved in the Summer Research Immersion program with my peers four days a week, six hours a day, which seems like a lot, but it flew by so quickly. I'm so grateful for the community that I've built here with my peers and Dr. Yancy himself."

Brett Colucciello, sophomore, biochemistry, said, "Research and researchers have always been fascinating to me. Growing up I would think ‘what if I could meet them one day,' but now I think ‘what if I can BE them.'"

Binghamton University Internship Programs

Summer Research Immersion (SRI) and "Fast-track" Research Immersion (FtRI) are credit-bearing programs operated in conjunction with Binghamton's First-year Research Immersion (FRI) program, where students work in teams on science and engineering research projects in one of eleven research streams. Eligible FtRI and SRI students receive funding through the Summer Excellence Fund to cover their tuition, fees, and housing. The Summer Scholars and Artists Program (SSAP) and McNair Scholars Summer Research Internship (McNair) are summer research programs where students work one on one with faculty mentors in any field of study.

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