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Garcia Goes Online This Summer to "Flatten the Curve"!

High school applications are now in review. Please be patient as the continuously changing conditions have slowed down our review process.

Out of an abundance of caution, Stony Brook University has closed its campus this summer to all undergraduate and high school students, regardless of other research activities that may be permitted at that time. Only courses and laboratories offered through online instruction can take place.

Therefore, this summer we will build on the model for teaching our lab-based engineering courses developed this Spring semester as follows:

  • Seminars from faculty describing recent research directions in materials, medicine, physics, energy, DNA, genetics, modeling, computational science, and other fields, as well as lectures in research methodology, journal club, student presentations, and college bowl tournaments (new!)  will take place online, using interactive Zoom platforms.
  • Research projects will be proposed in small focus groups of high school and undergraduate students, together with faculty and graduate students, communicating online.
  • Physical research activities will be conducted on site and/or online solely by staff and graduate students, in compliance with New York State and University directives this summer. Data analysis, data mining, and literature review will be conducted by students remotely.
  • Our annual End of Summer Student Research Symposium and publication of abstracts will take place online.
  • Students as always will be encouraged to stay in contact with staff continuously during the semester to explore opportunities for submission of abstracts to national conferences.

At Garcia, we value personal interactions and team building between students and faculty. This year the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost concern, forcing us to conduct our program in accordance with social distancing guidelines and protocols and avoidance of personal contact.

Working together we hope to overcome these hurdles as we explore new ways to continue our commitment to the inclusion of young people in science and innovation.

Sincerely,

Miriam Rafailovich, PhD

Co-Director, Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces
Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering

Jonathan Sokolov, PhD

Co-Director, Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering

Michael A. Cuiffo, PhD

Co-Director, Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering