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researchUndergraduate Research at Stony Brook University

EXPLORE AND DISCOVER new knowledge. Let your curiosity lead you to a fabulous research internship with Stony Brook faculty either on campus, at Stony Brook University Hospital, at our Southampton Marine Station or at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory, a federal energy laboratory co-managed by Stony Brook.

 

Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (URECA)
Through URECA, Stony Brook undergraduates are introduced to the world of research through introductory research-oriented courses, independent supervised research projects, and support services on writing abstracts, giving presentations, and finding appropriate research mentors. Our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) program involves students from every discipline and culminates each year in a celebration of achievements.

 

Brookhaven National Laboratory
The University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, joining an elite group of universities–including Berkeley, University of Chicago, Cornell, MIT, and Princeton–that run federal laboratories. BNL houses large, state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.

 

Young Investigators Review
The Young Investigators Review (YIR) is a student-run science journal dedicated to promoting undergraduate research in the natural and applied sciences at Stony Brook. The journal, published once each semester, is wide in scope, including primary research articles, reviews, opinion essays, science news, interviews with faculty and students, and more.

 

Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology
Stony Brook's Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology (CEWIT) is a next generation research and educational facility. CEWIT has state-of-the-art laboratories for research into wireless and IT technologies, flexible incubator space for the use of private industry and substantial computing support space.

 

Discoveries
Our commitment to both research and excellence has led to many ground-breaking discoveries:

  • Identification and cataloging of 328 distant galaxies
  • The link between smoking and emphysema
  • Development of the drug ReoPro®, recommended for all cardiac angioplasties
  • An ultrasound method to speed up healing of bone fractures
  • Creation of the smallest electronic switch, using just one electron
  • The cause of Lyme disease
  • 3-D imaging software for 3-D colonoscopy
  • The golden bamboo lemur, Hapalemur aureus
  • The most primitive fossil bird, linking birds to dinosaurs
  • Construction of the first nuclear magnetic resonance image of a living organism
  • Homo floresiensis, a hobbit-like 17,000 year-old hominid
  • The “Giant Frog From Hell,” Beelzebufo ampinga, a 10-pound ancient frog in Madagascar
  • Design and synthesis of a new class of weakened polioviruses, demonstrating that a synthetic weakened virus can immunize an animal
  • Thermoplastic spray paint made from old plastic bottles
  • Parthenogenesis (virgin birth) in a female hammerhead sharks
  • The first commercially successful bar code reader
  • A new species of mouse lemur Microcebus mittermeieri

 

 

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