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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. Over the last decade, these programs have included: the Battelle Summer Research Program, the Beckman Scholars Program, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site Programs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Programs, and the URECA Summer Research program.

URECA - established 1987. The URECA program is administered through the Office of the Provost/ Division of Undergraduate Education. The URECA program has been generously supported by the Simons Foundation since 1987. Additional support for undergraduate research has been made possible through private donations. Recently established summer research awards include: the Ashvin Chhabra and Daniela Bonafede Chhabra -URECA award; and the Angela and Dexter Bailey - URECA award

URECA collaborates with the Institute for STEM Education  (formerly Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME)/Long Island Group Advancing Science Education / LIGASE) which from 2007-2014 co-sponsored the campus-wide research symposium event, the Celebration of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity. The annual URECA campus "Celebration" is a tradition inaugurated in 1997 when the university received the Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Education (RAIRE) from the National Science Foundation.

Other partners with URECA include: Undergraduate Biology (which has co-sponsored summer research U-BAR awards since 2012); the Career Center (which co-administers the Explorations in STEM summer program; the Office for the Integration of Research, Education and Professional Development (IREP), the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), SB honors programs (Honors College, University Scholars, WISE); Technology and Society (C-STEP), and the Educational Opportunity Program(EOP).


2013-present

SUNY-RF Explorations in STEM program established which provides professional development workshops/programming for students considering research and/or professional careers in STEM fields. This program, renewed for summer 2014, is consistent with the SUNY emphasis on applied learning and Stony Brook University's emphasis on experiential education. The Explorations in STEM program has been generously supported by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, and is co-administered by Technology & Society, the Career Center and URECA.

PSEG  sponsored  the Explorations in STEM Program in Summers 2015 and 2016; and will be sponsoring the program again in Summer 2018. The program will include collaboration with the Career Center; the WISE program; & URECA.

2011;
2005-2008

SBU's outstanding undergraduate research & creative projects program cited in  U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges under "Programs to Look For."

2006 SB selected as a site for the Beckman Scholars Program.
2001 SB admitted to Association of American Universities.

2000

SB designated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a Leadership Institution, for "substantially reforming curricula in disciplines as diverse as biological sciences and music; introducing courses in such new fields as biomedical engineering; involving undergraduates in research. . . ." SB honored with Theodore Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for "Faculty Development to Enhance Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

1999 SB awarded institutional funding from the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation to establish the SB-  Beckman Scholars Program.
 

SB launched the first  Celebration of Undergraduate Achievements. The Celebration, which now takes place every spring, is a university-wide event that showcases the accomplishments of Stony Brook students working with faculty mentors in virtually every discipline. Students display their work through research posters, art exhibits, talks/symposia and performances. Many undergraduates are published for the first time in the URECA-sponsored  Collection of Undergraduate Research Abstracts and Creative Project Descriptions. 

"Concept of Discovery" Cartoon contributed by George Booth, The New Yorker, for URECA 1999 publication

1998

SB established  The Reinvention Center, a national center whose mission is to promote an approach to undergraduate education at research universities that emphasizes inquiry, investigation and discovery. 

President Shirley Strum Kenny (appointed in 1994) launched and chaired the Boyer Commission on Educating Undergraduates in the Research University with funding from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The result was the Commission's landmark report,  Reinventing Undergraduate Education: A Blueprint for America’s Research Universities  (1998).

1997

SB one of ten research universities nationwide to receive a Recognition Award for the Integration of Research and Education (RAIRE) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This Award was unique in its emphasis on universities' records of past achievement in promoting the synergy between research and classroom learning.

1987

SB established the URECA program/office to promote student participation in undergraduate research and creative activity and help students find placements. With funds contributed by the Simons Foundation, stipends awarded to students to support faculty-mentored research activities (URECA Summer program).

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