Honors College students participate in scientific research across all conceivable fields during their four years on campus. Common participation roles include field work with archeologists, ecologists, and primatologists. Students have also explored activities in painting, ceramics, photography, computer art, music performance, music composition, theatre, dance, poetry and novel writing, journalism, and television production.
Honors College seniors complete a six credit capstone project in their senior year. In 2004 our seniors wrote novels, memoirs, plays and computer programs. They conducted laboratory research in evolution, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, and psychology. They submitted theses in English literature, history, philosophy, mathematics, public policy, and business. Two students directed and produced their own plays; others did their own oil paintings and ceramic scupltures of the human form.
Stony Brook University is a trailblazer in integrating research and undergraduate education: it was one of the first research universities in the country to establish an office for the specific purpose of promoting undergraduate research and creative activity, and offers many programs that support undergraduate research efforts. These include Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Programs, and the URECA Summer Fellowship and Small Grant/Travel Grant Programs.
Stony Brook undergraduates are introduced to the world of research through introductory research-oriented courses, encouraged to participate in independent supervised research projects, and offered useful support services on writing abstracts, giving presentations, and finding appropriate research mentors.
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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship program provides support for high-achieving students engaged in research in the biological sciences at Stony Brook. The fellowship is awarded provided by the Long Island Group Advancing Science Education here at Stony Brook University. It is one of the many fellowships offered to support faculty sponsored research in the basic sciences.
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